Slumberettes – Norman Simmons
A lilting and exceptionally beautiful waltz in 3/4 with melody and counter melody, perfect in a quintet setting, with second parts and a Condensed Score. Solo Piano Arrangements (plus exclusive audio) in two levels of difficulty.
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- Recording: Norman Simmons - I'm . . . The Blues
- Recorded on: December, 1980
- Label: Milljac (MJP 10002)
- Concert Key: A
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: 3/4 swing (medium slow)
- Trumpet - Jimmy Owens
- Alto Sax - Clifford Jordan
- Piano - Norman Simmons
- Bass - Lisle Atkinson
- Drums - Al Harewood
Don Sickler: "At the recording session, Kenny gave me a valuable arranging lesson about piano pedalling before he recorded my arrangement. Here is the recording session scenario: Kenny was in the piano booth, and I was in the control room with engineer Rudy Van Gelder and his assistent engineer, Maureen (my wife). Kenny just started talking, which we could hear in the control room through the piano mics. Fortunately Maureen heard that this was going to be something important, and pressed the record button.
"Here is Kenny telling me to add to the pedal notation for the introduction clip.
"Now that you've heard Kenny discuss and demonstrate the correct and incorrect pedalling, you'll see why I added further text:
"If you treat yourself to purchasing Norman Simmons' original recording (see the BUY MP3 link above), you'll get to hear Norman performing his beautiful intro which inspired mine."
October 6, 1929 – May 13, 2021
Accomplished soloist, accompanist, composer and educator, Norman Simmons is well known as a pianist with an great ability to connect with jazz singers. Born in Chicago, Simmons taught himself piano and at age sixteen enrolled in the Chicago School of Music. He formed his own group in 1949 and began recording in 1952 when he worked as a house pianist for Chicago clubs The BeeHive and the C&C Lounge. During this period, his first recordings were under the leadership of tenor saxophonists Claude McLin, Paul Bascomb and Coleman Hawkins. Read more...