With You – Idrees Sulieman & Judy Niemack
A lovely ballad based on the changes of Body And Soul.
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- Recording: Judy Niemack - The JazzLeadSheets Songbook
- Recorded on: April 2, 2010
- Label: jazzleadsheets.com (JLS 1004)
- Concert Key: A-flat
- Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano, A3 to B-flat4
- Style: Ballad
- Voice - Judy Niemack
- Flugelhorn - Don Sickler
- Guitar - Jeanfrançois Prins
- Bass - Daryl Johns
Our audio excerpt and Judy's recording begin right on the vocal introduction, with the horn, guitar and bass outlining the descending chords behind her. At A, the bass starts a two feel and the guitar and flugelhorn continue with a background line that accentuates the melody and hints at the harmony without fully playing the chords.
Be sure to check out the instrumental version, Orange Blossoms, in D-flat.
Lyric Description: Judy Niemack's lyric is an emotional and honest plea for company from the object of her affections. She doesn't ask for much, but just wants to be able to spend some time together and be there for one another.
No-Vocal Version: Our no-vocal version has a similar arrangement, including the same background lines played by the flugelhorn and guitar. This provides a good challenge for the singer who wants to work on ear training and finding their way through a melody without too much harmonic support. Our version does not include any solo; it goes straight from the end of the first C section back to the B section for one more time, to the end.
If another key would be better for you, send the key you'd like to Don and we'll post the transposition on the website for purchase. If you're not sure which key is best, send us your range and we'll work with you to figure out the best key.
Composer/trumpeter Idrees Sulieman was living in Florida in the early 1990s, having retired there after many years in Denmark. He loved to write new music, often using changes from standard tunes, and would sometimes call Don Sickler and play the new songs for him over the phone.
When vocalist Judy Niemack expressed interest in writing lyrics, Don thought of Orange Blossoms and played it for Judy, who saw the possibilities and wrote a perfect lyric. In performance, Judy and vocalist Jay Clayton have combined Body And Soul and With You for a wonderful duet duet.
See more titles with lyrics written and sung by Judy in "The JazzLeadSheets Songbook."
August 7, 1923 – July 25, 2002
Idrees Sulieman was a bop and hard-bop trumpeter who achieved more success in Europe than the United States but left a worldwide legacy as a sideman on some of the most important recordings in jazz and as a composer of unusual, beautiful pieces. Born Leonard Graham in St. Petersburg, Florida, Idrees took up the trumpet when his father couldn't afford to buy him a saxophone. His passion for music brought him to the prestigious Boston Conservatory in the mid-1930s. Shortly after, he began his professional career playing with the Carolina Cotton Pickers in 1939 and the wartime Earl Hines Orchestra (1943-1944). The 1940s brought Idrees into the circles of some of the most important figures in jazz—he worked closely with Mary Lou Williams; had stints with Cab Calloway, Count Basie and Lionel Hampton; and was a sideman on Thelonious Monk's first session as a leader for Blue Note in 1947. Read more...
born on March 11, 1954
Acclaimed jazz vocalist Judy Niemack is a leader in jazz singing, vocal improvisation and pedagogy. She began her jazz studies in California with tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh as his first vocal student, which greatly influenced her scat style. Her debut album came in 1977, the same year she moved to New York. Since then, she has released 14 albums with the “Who’s Who” of jazz, including Fred Hersh, Kenny Werner, Kenny Barron, Sullivan Fortner, Cedar Walton, Jim McNeely, Billy Hart, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, and Peter Bernstein. Read more...