Thoughts – James Williams
A gentle Latin song in an introspective mood. Our piano part shows the counterpoint in James' intro and fills from the recording.
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- Recording: James Williams - Everything I Love
- Recorded on: April, 1979
- Label: Concord (CJ 104)
- Concert Key: C minor, No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin (medium)
- Soprano Sax - Billy Pierce
- Piano - James Williams
- Bass - Dennis Irwin
- Drums - Billy Hart
There is an eight-measure vamp intro, not harmonically related to the head. Our lead sheet shows the top line of James' voicings from the recording. On the recording this intro is preceded by solo piano, rubato, based on the second half of the head (not included in our audio excerpt). The coda vamps measures 13 and 14 of the head before ending with the rhythmic hook from the head's last measure.
The second to last chord symbol is A phrygian, without a chord quality. The piano voicing heard on the head is from the bottom up A, B♭, D, E—a "sus ♭9" sound, but a C or G could be added. James plays the same voicing down a whole step for A♭maj7/G at the start of the head, though the D natural, the ♯11, is not indicated in the chord symbol and this chord certainly works without it. The mode for this opening chord is G phrygian.
Our tenor sax lead sheet is in the written octave where Bill Pierce plays it (sounding an octave up) on soprano sax. In the sounding octave on soprano, the first two phrases are quite high for trumpet; our trumpet lead sheet has these phrases down an octave.
Click on Piano Corner for details about the piano part.
Like James' next album, "Images (Of Things To Come)," this one contains mostly standards.
March 8, 1951 – July 20, 2004
James Williams' distinguished career began in the city in which he was raised: Memphis, Tennessee. Having taken up piano at the age of thirteen, he graduated from Memphis State University in the early seventies and threw himself into his city's jazz community. Only a year after attaining his degree, Williams was hired as a professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Coming to a new city opened up an entirely new scene for the young pianist, who began to play as a sideman for visiting artists like Red Norvo, Art Farmer, Sonny Stitt and Milt Jackson. When Art Blakey met him in 1977, he convinced the then-26 year-old Williams to resign from Berklee and go on tour with the Jazz Messengers, a post he held for the next four years and with whom he would win a Grammy Award nomination for the album "Straight Ahead." Read more...