Tone Colors – Bill Barron
A tricky medium swing tune, way ahead of its time; it still sounds fresh today.
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- Recording: Bill Barron - Modern Windows
- Recorded on: June 5, 1961
- Label: Savoy (MG 12163)
- Concert Key: No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium)
- Trumpet - Ted Curson
- Tenor Sax - Bill Barron
- Baritone Sax - Jay Cameron
- Piano - Kenny Barron
- Bass - Eddie Khan
- Drums - Pete La Roca
This song has a very interesting form. The chord progression is stretched over 20 measures in an odd way: four measures with two chords per measure, then one chord for six measures, one for four, and two for three measures each. The A♭major 7th chord with a ♯9, occurring in the third through sixth measures of the B section, is a chord from the sixth mode of the C harmonic minor scale.
March 27, 1927 – September 21, 1989
Philadelphia-born tenor saxophonist Bill Barron was also a gifted composer. His first record date was with Cecil Taylor in 1959. In November of that year he recorded Interpretation with drummer Philly Joe Jones on the Riverside label. Barron continued to perform and record with Jones through 1960. In 1961 he started recording as a leader for Savoy records and began his association with trumpeter Ted Curson which resulted in several more recordings. Barron also had a successful career as an educator in the NY area, directing a jazz workshop at the Children's Museum in Brooklyn, and teaching at City College of New York, before leaving the city to become the chairman of the music department at Wesleyan University. He also introduced his younger brother, pianist Kenny Barron, to the jazz recording world and featured him on most of his own recordings. Read more...