Smokin' O.P.'s – Jon Burr
A delicate, dynamic and lightly swung piece; bass and sax play melody. Trumpet, tenor & alto sax, bass clef and rhythm section parts.
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- Recording: Jon Burr - In My Own Words
- Recorded on: April 7 or 8, 1993
- Label: Cymekob (CYK 804)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Tenor Sax - Rich Perry
- Piano - Bill Charlap
- Bass - Jon Burr
- Drums - Terry Clarke
- The Jon Burr Big Band in rehearsal at Ayers Studio, 2013. Reeds: Jerry Dodgion, Marc Phaneuf, Marshall MacDonald, Andy Farber, Roger Rosenberg; Trumpets: Greg Ruvolo, Tim Ouimette, Chris Pasin, Warren Vaché' Trombones: John Allred, Matt Haviland, Joe Schaefer, Joe Randazzo; Guitar: Russ Spiegel; Piano: Mike Eckroth; Bass: Evan Gregor; Drums: Steve Johns
As you hear from the audio clip, the melody on this recording is played by bass and tenor sax with the piano and drums playing written hits to accompany the melody. The melody and hits are notated on each lead sheet edition. The soloing is "rhythm changes." Jon also created a shout chorus (four measures of ensemble setting up the soloist for each A section) that he uses to set up his solo on the recording, but it can be used to set up any soloist. This shout chorus is notated on each lead sheet edition.
This be-bop melody, written by bassist Jon Bur, is meant to be played in thumb position, but can also work in the the lower register of the bass. Either way, be ready for the tempo to keep you pushing forward as the band nails every note on this recording.
You can also watch a video below of Jon Bur rehearsing a big band arrangement of Smokin' O.P.'s.
born on May 22, 1953
Renowned bassist Jon Burr is a mainstay in the New York scene. At the age of 16 Charles Mingus asked him to sit in on bass at the Village Vanguard and Jon has steadily risen in the jazz world since then. He has worked alongside many of the jazz giants while cultivating his own unique sound. His early discography shows us that he hit the ground running upon arrival in the Big Apple, and includes recordings with Buddy Rich and Chet Baker. Read more...