Stapleton – Jon Gordon
A bluesy medium-slow swinger, with a 5/4 intro that goes to 4/4 for the head.
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- Recording: Jon Gordon - The Things We Need
- Recorded on: January 28 & February 3, 1999
- Label: Double-Time (DTR CD 156)
- Concert Key: D
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium slow)
- Alto Sax - Jon Gordon
- Piano - Mike LeDonne
- Guitar - Peter Bernstein
- Bass - Dennis Irwin
- Drums - Kenny Washington
The changes have a lot of stepwise motion; the key center is more defined by the melody. One unusual chord is Fm/F♯m in the tenth measure; C♯ harmonic major scale works over this chord.
"Both these tunes (Stapleton and Minor Dues) were written specifically for this recording. I knew that some combination of Mike Le Donne, Ronnie Mathews, Peter Bernstein, Dennis Irwin, Eddie Locke and Kenny Washington, who all played on the recording, would every one of them be great for these tunes. Drummer Kenny Washington is also from Stapleton, and also went to PS 14, but a few years earlier."
born on December 23, 1966
Modern alto saxophonist and composer Jon Gordon is a driving force in cutting-edge jazz. A native New Yorker, he began his musical exploration at the age of ten, encouraged by his musical family. He attended Performing Arts High School and studied saxophone privately in his teen years and showed significant promise, winning numerous awards at a young age. His love for jazz began as a teenager after listening to a Phil Woods record; not long after, he began to study with Phil Woods himself after sitting in with Eddie Chamblee at Sweet Basil. Jon studied at Manhattan School of Music, during which time he worked with Roy Eldridge, Leon Parker, Doc Cheatham, Larry Goldings, Al Grey, Eddie Locke, Red Rodney, and Mel Lewis. Read more...