When April Comes – Eddie Higgins
A lush bossa with a standard-like sound. This song was recorded with a string arrangement, but it works in any setting
All selected items will be available for download after purchase.
- Recording: Eddie Higgins - Moonlight Becomes You
- Recorded on: August 26-27, 2003
- Label: Venus (TKGV-1003)
- Concert Key: E-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin (Bossa)
- Piano - Eddie Higgins
- Vibes - Joe Locke
- Guitar - Joe Cohn
- Bass - Jay Leonhart
- Drums - Joe Ascione
- Violin - Harumi Rhodes, Svetlana Tsoneva, Edith Hines
- Viola - Lois Martin, Shmuel Katz
- Cello - Charles Curtis, Andre Emelianoff
There is a four-measure vamp intro which goes harmonically "above and below": I major, then II minor, I diminished, and I major again. There is also an interesting coda in which the melody is extended through six measures, with the bass motion descending stepwise through an octave, to a two-measure vamp and fade. A cue in the string arrangement on the last four measures of the intro is shown in the lead sheet. On this recording, the vibes and piano play the melody in unison, with the guitar doubling it an octave lower. This song works equally well with only one instrument on the melody; in such a setting it is certainly open for expressive interpretation.
February 21, 1932 – August 31, 2009
A highly regarded pianist and composer, Eddie Higgins's career spanned over 50 years. Born in Cambridge, MA, Eddie learned piano from his mother. He began his professional career in Chicago while studying at Northwestern University's music school. Eddie worked in many of Chicago's top jazz clubs, like the Brass Rail, Preview Lounge, Blue Note, Cloister Inn and Jazz Ltd,, but his longest affiliation was with the London House, where he led the house trio from 1957-1969. Read more...