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Concert key: G
Style: Medium up swing

 

 

First recording: First recorded on February 7, 1957, and released on "Cannonball Enroute" / Cannonball Adderley Quintet (Mercury MG20616)
  • Alto Sax - Cannonball Adderley
  • Cornet - Nat Adderley
  • Piano - Junior Mance
  • Bass - Sam Jones
  • Drums - Jimmy Cobb

 

 

Second recording: Also recorded on December 30, 1957, and released on "Man Bites Harmonica" / Toots Thielemans Quintet (Riverside RLP12-257)

  • Guitar - Toots Thielemans
  • Baritone Sax - Pepper Adams
  • Piano - Kenny Drew
  • Bass - Wilbur Ware
  • Drums - Art Taylor

 

 

Third recording: Also recorded on December 13, 1958 by George Shearing (radio broadcast)

  • Piano - George Shearing
  • Guitar - Toots Thielemans
  • Vibes - Emil Richards
  • Bass - Jimmy Bond or Carl Pruitt
  • Drums - Ray Mosca

 

Concert key: E-flat
Style: Medium Afro Latin into uptempo swing


Recorded on June 27, 1989, and released on "Scorpio Rising" / Walter Davis Jr. (SteepleChase SCS1255).

  • Piano - Walter Davis, Jr. [Solo Piano Arrangement]
  • Bass - Santi Debriano
  • Drums - Ralph Peterson

Exclusive Audio: Kenny Drew, Jr.'s performance of Geoff Keezer's Solo Piano Arrangement.

 

Concert key: F minor
Style: Medium up Latin

 

This upbeat, melodic journey through Latin and swing grooves shows off the genius of Elmo Hope as a composer.


Recorded on May 9, 1954, and first released on "New Faces - New Sounds: Elmo Hope Quintet" (Blue Note 10" BLP 5044).

  • Trumpet - Freeman Lee
  • Tenor Sax - Frank Foster
  • Piano - Elmo Hope
  • Bass - Percy Heath
  • Drums - Art Blakey

 

Concert key: G minor
Style: Latin (Afro-Cuban)

 

A true Afro-Cuban piece that incorporates some classic jazz vocabulary with finesse.


Recorded on March 29, 1955, and first released on "Afro-Cuban" / Kenny Dorham (Blue Note BLP 1535).

  • Trumpet - Kenny Dorham [solo available]
  • Tenor Sax - Hank Mobley
  • Trombone - J.J. Johnson
  • Baritone Sax - Cecil Payne
  • Piano - Horace Silver
  • Bass - Percy Heath
  • Drums - Art Blakey
  • Conga - Carlos "Patato" Valdes
  • Cowbell - Richie Goldberg

Melody audio clip on this page; for solo audio clip, press Details.

 

Concert key: B-flat
Style: Medium swing


Recorded in May, 1946, and first released on a Eddie Davis 78 rpm (Haven 800)

  • Tenor Sax - Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis
  • Guitar - Bill DeArongo
  • Piano - Sadik Hakim (Argonne Thornton)
  • Bass - Gene Ramey
  • Drums - Denzil Best

 

Vocal key: B-flat
Style: Medium swing


Recorded January 12, 13 and June 21, 1999, and released on "Steal The Moon" / Carolyn Leonhart (Sunnyside SSC1086D)

  • Voice - Carolyn Leonhart
  • Piano - Rob Bargad
  • Bass - Jay Leonhart
  • Drums - Billy Drummond
Singers' Corner feature

 

 

Concert key: A-flat
Style: Medium up swing


Recorded in April, 1995, and released on "Almost Everything" / Don Friedman (Steeplechase SCCD1368).

  • Piano - Don Friedman [Solo Piano Arrangement]
  • Bass - Ron McClure
  • Drums - Matt Wilson

 

Concert key: Gm
Style: Ballad or Bossa

 

  • Vocal - Nancy Valentine
  • Piano - Cecilia Coleman
  • Bass - Tim Givens
  • Drums - Vince Cherico

There is no key indication because it's not really in a regular definable key. However, it definitely has a minor flavor and very interesting chord progression. Hear the bossa version on this page, press the Details button to hear the ballad.

Exclusive Audio: complete (with vocal) and accompaniment only

Singers' Corner feature

 

Vocal key: C
Style: Ballad


  • Vocal - Nancy Valentine
  • Piano - Cecilia Coleman
  • Bass - Tim Givens
  • Drums - Vince Cherico

Bassist George Duvivier wrote this song (words and music) in the mid-1940s when he was a young man in his early 20s. The beautiful chord progression and melody certainly shows how deep he had already become, musically and harmonically, at that young age.

Exclusive Audio: complete (with vocal) and accompaniment only.
   
Singers' Corner feature

 

Concert key: F
Style: Latin (Bossa)

Recorded on July 24 & 25, 1991, and released on "Megawatts" / Jeff "Tain" Watts (Sunnyside SSC 1128).

  • Piano - Kenny Kirkland
  • Bass - Charles Fambrough
  • Drums - Jeff "Tain" Watts

 

Concert key: C minor
Style: Medium swing


Recorded in July, 1991, and released on "Freddie Redd And His International Jazz Connection" (Fairplay 1).

  • Trumpet - Maffy Falay
  • Tenor Sax - Kristerr Andersson & Bernt Rosengren
  • Piano - Freddie Redd
  • Guitar - Anders Ullberg
  • Bass - Torbjorm Hulcrantz
  • Drums - Gilbert Matthews & Bengt Stark

 

Vocal key: C minor
Style: Slow ballad


Recorded on December 7 and 9, 1998, and released on "Another World" / Dena DeRose (Sharp Nine CD1016-2)

  • Vocal - Dena DeRose
  • Flugelhorn - Ingrid Jenson
  • Trombone - Steve Davis
  • Alto Sax - Steve Wilson
  • Piano - Dena DeRose
  • Bass - Dwayne Burno
  • Drums - Mark Taylor
  • Percussion - Daniel Sadownick

Exclusive Audio: accompaniment only

Singers' Corner feature

 

Concert key: E-flat
Style: Ballad


Recorded on June 12, 1963, and first released on "The Roland Kirk Quartet Meets The Benny Golson Orchestra" (Mercury MG 20844)

  • Stritch - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  • Piano - Harold Mabern
  • Bass - Abdullah Rafik
  • Drums - Gerald Sonny Brown

 

Concert key: B minor
Style: Medium up swing


 
Recording Information: June 12, 2007, by Steve Nelson on "Sound Effect" / Steve Nelson (HighNote NCD 7175).

  • Vibes - Steve Nelson
  • Piano - Mulgrew Miller
  • Bass - Peter Washington
  • Drums - Lewis Nash

 

 
 

Exclusive Audio: James Williams' Solo Piano Arrangement recorded by Kenny Drew Jr.

 

Concert key: B-flat
Style: Medium up swing


Recorded on February 8, 1959, and first released as "Elmo Hope" on Hifijazz (J-616). Later released as "Elmo Hope Trio" on Contemporary Records (M 7620).

  • Piano - Elmo Hope
  • Bass - Jimmy Bond
  • Drums - Frank Butler

 

Concert key: E-flat
Style: Medium up Latin

 

Bennie often combined Latin and swing grooves. Here, he starts out Latin, then plays a swing bridge. The solos are all swing.


First recorded on January 20, 1962, on "Easy Living" / Ike Quebec (Blue Note BST 84103)

  • Tenor Sax - Ike Quebec
  • Baritone Sax - Stanley Turrentine
  • Trombone - Bennie Green
  • Piano - Sonny Clark
  • Bass - Milt Hinton
  • Drums - Art Blakey