Staying with my wintery theme, here’s a song I’ve wanted to play live for a long time.
The middle staff here is the cello line given to Kermit Moore, one of my favorite string players. I added the vamp at the end of the form to serve as an interlude between solos and possibly a drum solo leading into the last A. On the studio version the track fades out, but on the bandstand I would end on the pentatonic line just before the B section.
Ron Carter and Billy Cobham are in fine form on this record, and this tune is a highlight. The trio and strings swirl around the flute of Hubert Laws like shifting winds, and the tonal center moves around during the song too. I have heard pieces of this album sampled on more than a few hip hop tracks.