Waltz Of The Demons – Booker Little
A quintessential Booker Little waltz in its purest, most precise form.
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- Recording: Frank Strozier - Fantastic Frank Strozier
- Recorded on: February 2, 1960
- Label: Vee Jay (LP 3005)
- Concert Key: A-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: 3/4 swing (medium)
- Trumpet - Booker Little
- Alto Sax - Frank Strozier
- Piano - Wynton Kelly
- Bass - Paul Chambers
- Drums - Jimmy Cobb
Our audio excerpt starts with the melody, but the rhythm section intro and coda are notated in the C treble clef lead sheet. The horn harmony part is also notated in all lead sheets.
April 2, 1938 – October 5, 1961
A tragic loss to the world of jazz at age 23! Hearing is certainly believing: in Booker's short life, he still was able to leave us with recordings and compositions that are guaranteed to astonish and captivate. His effortless-sounding virtuosity ranks him as one of the greatest trumpet players. He was also a gifted composer, who obviously took composing very seriously, as his recording output shows. Booker began on trumpet when he was 12 and played with Johnny Griffin and the MJT + 3 while attending the Chicago Conservatory. He worked with Max Roach (1958-1959) and then freelanced in New York. He recorded with Roach and Abbey Lincoln, was on John Coltrane's Africa/Brass album, and was well-documented during a July 1961 gig at the Five Spot with Eric Dolphy. Booker Little led four sessions before his tragic early death. Read more...