Thang – Roy Hargrove
An exciting uptempo swinger with off-kilter rhythm section figures in the bridge for both the head and solos. Second parts are available for the quintet arrangement.
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- Recording: Roy Hargrove - The Vibe
- Recorded on: January, 1992
- Label: Novus (63132-2)
- Concert Key: No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (uptempo)
- Trumpet - Roy Hargrove
- Alto Sax - Antonio Hart
- Piano - Marc Cary
- Bass - Rodney Whitaker
- Drums - Gregory Hutchinson
The eight-measure B section begins with a quite unusual rhythmic structure: a syncopated hemiola sequence which transposes a II-V7-I passage in B♭, B, and A♭, for five beats each. The meter remains 4/4 here. To fill out four measures of 4/4, the last of the three figures is extended to six beats. The second half of the bridge hovers around G♭maj7, with an A♭ pentatonic melody that connects back to the C section which is the same as A.
Solos are on the same form as the head, including the hemiola II-V7-I figures in the bridge. On the recording, the piano plays the same syncopated comping figures on every chorus, but our lead sheets show the harmonic rhythm as the bass walks on the solos, with the piano rhythms below the staff as an option. The bass walks two beats each of the II and V7 chords and only one beat of the first two I chords. In these five- and six-beat cadences, a soloist may not have time to outline the whole II-V7-I; one possible solution is to pick one of the three chords and play off that chord for all five or six beats. On the recording, the piano solos in the space created by the four-measure-long melody notes in the A section of the head.
About the arrangement: The horns begin harmonized in sixths with a few fifths, with A natural harmonizing the melody F on the long Cm7 chord; this intriguing choice creates a Cm13 tonality. The seventh and eighth measures have the horns in unison, going back to harmony (a fourth resolving to a third) for the rest of the A section. Our second parts and Concert Condensed Score show the countermelody that Antonio Hart plays on the bridge of the in head on the recording; he plays a different countermelody on the bridge of the out head, and both may be improvised. They both make sense with the changes and melody, and line up with the rhythm section hits.
Other songs on "The Vibe" have guest appearances from trombonist Frank Lacy, tenor saxophonists David "Fathead" Newman and Branford Marsalis, and organ legend Jack McDuff.
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...