So Tired – Bobby Timmons
Another funky Bobby Timmons Latin/swing from one of the creators (and masters) of the genre. Groovy doesn't begin to describe it!
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- Recording: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - A Night In Tunisia
- Recorded on: August 14, 1960
- Label: Blue Note (BLP 4049)
- Concert Key: F minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin/swing (medium)
- Trumpet - Lee Morgan
- Tenor Sax - Wayne Shorter
- Piano - Bobby Timmons
- Bass - Jymie Merritt
- Drums - Art Blakey
Bobby Timmons recorded So Tired four times in 1960 (actually five times, if you count a "live" bootleg Birdland recording of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers that has been released under Lee Morgan's name). Bobby introduced this "classic" composition on Sam Jones' "The Soul Society" recording session for Riverside Records (March 10, 1960). On May 31, 1960, he recorded it again for Riverside on Johnny Griffin's "Big Soul Band." He also recorded it on his own Riverside album, "Soul Time," on either August 12 or 17, 1960 (we haven't been able to determine which day). Interestingly, you'll notice that he recorded So Tired on the Blakey session featured here, for Blue Note, on a day off between the two days of his own session.
December 19, 1935 – March 1, 1974
A beloved pianist with one of the most easily recognizable styles, Bobby Timmons is responsible not only for bringing his unique gospel-tinged voice to the piano, but also for his funky compositional masterpieces that have become jazz standards, like Moanin’ and This Here (Dis Here). These two are by no means the only memorable original works of Bobby’s—nearly all of his works are instantly recognizable as Bobby Timmons originals, as they all have his signature style of soul, funk, and gospel, while maintaining the hallmarks of true hard-bop jazz. Born in Philadelphia to a religious family, Bobby studied piano with his uncle, who also taught McCoy Tyner. He moved to New York at age 20 to start his recording career with Kenny Dorham’s Jazz Prophets. Read more...