Soppin' The Biscuit – Roy Hargrove
Sassy and charming, this classic Hargrove song was first recorded with tenor great Stanley Turrentine.
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- Recording: Roy Hargrove - With The Tenors Of Our Time
- Recorded on: January 16 & 17, 1994
- Label: Verve (314-523019-2)
- Concert Key: G
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: 6/4 swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Roy Hargrove
- Tenor Sax - Ron Blake, Stanley Turrentine
- Piano - Cyrus Chestnut
- Bass - Rodney Whitaker
- Drums - Gregory Hutchinson
The melody of this song is constructed almost entirely from the blues scale, making it a good educational tool especially for players who are less familiar with 6/4 meter. We use the term "6/4 groove" in the lead sheet; on the recording, the drum groove is syncopated like a 12/8 Latin groove but with swing eighth-notes. This song could also work with a straight-ahead 3/4 swing feel.
On Soppin' The Biscuit it is fascinating to hear tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine at this later stage in his career sounding pretty much exactly the way he did in his heyday in the 1960s. Stanley was the younger brother of trumpeter/composer Tommy Turrentine. Several of Tommy's compositions are on jazzleadsheets.com, including the Brazilian-tinged João which was recorded by Stanley on his "Nightwings" album.
October 16, 1969 – November 2, 2018
Roy Hargrove was a pioneer in modern hard-bop jazz and is widely regarded as one of the best trumpeters to emerge from the 1990s. As a high school student in Waco, Texas, young Roy met Wynton Marsalis in 1987. Impressed with the young man's talent, Wynton encouraged Roy. In April, 1988, while still a teenager, Roy traveled to NYC and slept on the couch in Don Sickler's rehearsal studio in preparation for his recording debut in the big leagues with Don ("Superblue"). Before leaving New York on that trip he also recorded with alto saxophonist Bobby Watson ("No Question About It"). Read more...