Soft Talk – Julian Priester
This uptempo bebop-style head on the chord progression of the standard Whispering offers a tasty alternative to Dizzy Gillespie's classic on the same changes, Groovin' High.
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- Recording: John Jenkins - Jenkins, Jordan And Timmons
- Recorded on: July 26, 1957
- Label: New Jazz (NJ 8232)
- Concert Key: E-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (uptempo)
- Alto Sax - John Jenkins
- Tenor Sax - Clifford Jordan
- Piano - Bobby Timmons
- Bass - Wilbur Ware
- Drums - Dannie Richmond
Our lead sheets reflect this recording. Alto saxophonist John Jenkins plays part of the B and D sections an octave lower, in unison with the tenor sax, but the melody is certainly playable in the upper octave throughout as shown on our E♭ lead sheet.
Julian Priester played on the first recording of Soft Talk, by Sun Ra's septet in February 1956. This version is in the key of F; the melody is slightly different from the Jenkins/Jordan/Timmons recording. A classic example of straight-ahead, small-group early Sun Ra, this recording has a big-band-esque 4-horn arrangement featuring tenor saxophonist John Gilmore on the melody and first solo.
Alto saxophonist John Jenkins' all too brief career was mostly documented in an all-star series of recordings in 1957, of which "Jenkins, Jordan & Timmons" was the seventh. In the previous month Jenkins played on Clifford Jordan's self-titled debut album. Jenkins stopped playing in the '60s, but started again in the '80s; the only recording from the latter part of his career was also with Jordan, on the latter's 1990 big band album "Play What You Feel."
"Jenkins, Jordan & Timmons" is also the second of three albums featuring Jenkins alongside drummer Dannie Richmond, one of only a few recordings Richmond made outside of his work with Charles Mingus. Richmond and Clifford Jordan played together in Mingus' sextet for his 1964 European tour; though there are many well-known live recordings from the tour, Jordan never made a studio recording with Mingus.
born on June 29, 1935
Julian Priester has brought a vital, spirited style of trombone playing to a wealth of artists, while contributing interesting compositions to the libraries of many of these groups. In his native Chicago, he played with bluesmen Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley, forward-looking bandleader Sun Ra, the master swing era vibist Lionel Hampton and blues-jazz singing marvel Dinah Washington. Read more...