Something In A Summer's Day – Kirk Nurock
Composer/pianist Kirk Nurock's ballad is complex and compelling, the harmonies providing a perfect foundation to an emotional melodic interpretation by Don Sickler's flugelhorn. A Minus You (no melody) track is available as well as Kirk's own solo piano performance.
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- Recording: Don Sickler - Further Explorations Vol. 1
- Recorded on: September 4, 2006
- Label: jazzleadsheets.com (JLS 1034)
- Concert Key: E minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Ballad
- Flugelhorn - Don Sickler
- Piano - Kirk Nurock
- Bass - Cameron Brown
- Drums - Billy Hart
The main melodic theme is transformed over the course of the song: beginning as an ascending line, the second A section adds upper neighboring notes, while the C section has largely the same notes in a more convoluted order. The form is a 37-measure AABC, with tags extending the second A and C sections to 10 measures, and the bridge to 9.
The lead sheet contains the melody lines of Kirk's intro and end figures as recorded, as well as a suggested melodic embellishment (also taken from the recording) in the tag ending.
Instrumentalists need opportunities to express themselves, and beautiful ballads provide a perfect one. Jazzleadsheets.com's founder Don Sickler had to try his hand at Kirk Nurock's A Something In A Summer's Day, so he could provide other instrumentalists with an inspiring Minus You track.
born on February 28, 1948
Composer/pianist Kirk Nurock eschews the boundaries of genre, having worked with some of the greatest names in Broadway, classical music, and of course, jazz. He orchestrated for Dizzy Gillespie and Leonard Bernstein, composed a work for 20 voices and 3 canines which he conducted at Carnegie Hall, and won a scholarship at age 16, awarded by Duke Ellington. Nurock's diverse compositions or arrangements have been performed or recorded by the likes of Nat Adderley, Jane Ira Bloom, Tom Harrell, Dick Hyman, The Israel Philharmonic, Arnie Lawrence, David "Fathead" Newman, New World Symphony, Hank Jones and Bobby Previte. Read more...