Twilight In Seville – John Webber
This 3/4 minor blues was recorded on Webber's debut album as both a leader and a guitarist.
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- Recording: John Webber - Down for The Count
- Recorded on: March 18, 2015
- Label: Cellar Live (CL 040114)
- Concert Key: E minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: 3/4 swing (medium)
- Guitar - John Webber
- Piano - Harold Mabern
- Bass - Nat Reeves
- Drums - Joe Farnsworth
The melody at the beginning is very simple and mostly diatonic, though outlining the changes which do not return to the tonic after the IV chord. Instead, a combination of 4th-based and stepwise root motion moves through the keys of E♭ major, G major and C major. C7 (the tritone sub V of V) begins the "turnaround" with a break; a scalar line descends through the break to some rising trills over B7. The last four measures are a descending turnaround with a rhythmic bass line, here also doubled in the melody.
There is an intro vamp alternating Em6(9) and Fmaj7. On the recording, John begins with a chorus of solo rubato improvisation before this vamp. The coda vamps the last four measures. The break on the turnaround does not appear in the solos.
born on August 5, 1965
John Webber continues the tradition of strong bass players, hailing from the Midwest with his strong but relaxed and melodic style. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, John grew up in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton, Illinois, where he took up electric bass at age 10; by 15, he was playing contra bass. During his time in Chicago, he steadily built a reputation as one of the strongest young bass players on the scene and worked paid gigs as early as high school with musicians like Jodie Christian and Von Freeman. Read more...