Day is Today?"
Saturday, 27 February,
weekend of working initially on my
project, we wanted to spend the rest of the day recording some straight ahead tunes. We collectively decided
on some tunes to play and in
what keys, and worked out
some quick arrangements.
This is what we
came up with...
Softly As In A Morning
we finish the first head Dan begins his solo.
Bass solo: My solo, into fours with
Drum solo: Phil shares fours with
finishes the head and starts his improvisation.
Bass solo: I solo after
- I decided I needed to sing a tune or two so I opted for this one. I
added the vocal tracks later in Alameda.
sing the end of the first head, into Dan's solo.
Scat solo: My vocal improvisation to the last head.
Head: Dan's interpretation of this beautiful ballad from the A section
into the bridge.
I improvise over the A section before we take the tune out.
411 East 14th - I had been in love this composition of Dan's ever since hearing
his group Be-bop And Destruction perform it.
Intro/Guitar solo: Dan takes the break out of the head into his solo.
Bass solo: I've always wanted to improvise over the changes to
Free Tune (An
Improvisation) - This is quite possibly my
favorite piece of them all. Phil suggested that we play an improvisation, and
this is what transpired. It is a complete composition with an introduction,
statements of various themes, climaxes and decrescendos, and a clear
conclusion. I was very happy with this collective spontaneous composition
which features each player in separate instances throughout the tune.
Obviously the completeness of this piece can't be portrayed here in one
minute chunks, but I hope you get the idea.
Introduction: A sparse and funky beginning as we play off of each
other in D minor.
Summertime: As Phil and I transition from funk to a free-bop
section, Dan plays a chorus of blues at the end of which we break into the
melody to Summertime.
Guitar solo: Dan continues with a couple of chorus's over
Bass solo: I follow Dan with a couple of chorus's over the
changes then transition back into the free-bop section with Phil.
Drum solo: We come out of the free-bop section and Phil plays a
sweet solo, at the end of which we break into a reprise of 411 East 14th.
Dan improvises over the changes to 411 East 14th, then we collectively bring
the tune to a decrescendo and conclusion.
I Walk - I
wrote the words to this blues tune in honor of my first music teacher Dr.
Rod, who whistles incessantly as he roams the campus of Columbia College.
Intro/whistle: The first head and a bit of the whistle improvisation.
Improvisation leading into the scat solo.
Scat solo: Vocal improvisation into the last head.
Intro/Guitar solo: From the top. Dan improvises over the B sections, into
Dan shares a couple of chorus's with Phil, at the end of which we take the