Staccato Swing – Ray Bryant
This minor-key uptempo song has a tricky melody that stretches over two octaves. A two-horn arrangement is available.
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- Recording: Benny Golson - Gone With Golson
- Recorded on: June 20, 1959
- Label: New Jazz (NJLP 8235)
- Concert Key: B-flat minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trombone - Curtis Fuller
- Tenor Sax - Benny Golson
- Piano - Ray Bryant
- Bass - Tommy Bryant
- Drums - Al Harewood
About the recorded quintet arrangement:
The melody takes on a special delightful character as it travels from trombone (in the intro, with tenor sax harmony) to piano to tenor sax (adding harmonized trombone) to trombone over tenor sax harmony, and finally back to piano (an octave higher) accompanied by the horns adding to the sustained harmonic line. Individual parts are available. The Concert Condensed Score is recommended for Bass and Drums.
The quintet arrangement features the piano on the melody for A1 and C (after a six-measure intro with the horns), with the horns taking over on A2 and B, harmonized all the way, and playing whole notes behind the piano melody at C.
Lead sheets are also available for playing this song in a quartet setting.
December 24, 1931 – June 2, 2011
Following performances in his native Philadelphia with guitarist Tiny Grimes and as house pianist at the Blue Note Club with Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Miles Davis and others, Ray Bryant came to New York in the mid-1950s. His first jazz recording session in New York was with Toots Thielemans (August, 1955) for Columbia Records. That session led to his own trio sessions as well as sessions with vocalist Betty Carter for Epic Records in May and June ("Meet Betty Carter and Ray Bryant"). On August 5, 1955, Ray recorded with Miles Davis, and on December 2, 1955, with Sonny Rollins, both for Prestige Records. Read more...