Occasionally I fill in for a friend who emcees a jazz jam session, and if I have three horn players willing to read, I like to break out this chart. I’m often surprised to hear that many of them don’t know the work of Bobby Watson. Since getting his start with Art Blakey (who also named this tune), Bobby has spent the last 30 years as a prolific player, arranger and educator. His compositions are melodic and bluesy, and many are great vehicles for players of any proficiency level.
This song has special significance for me because I learned it for my first ever jazz gig (along with Wayne Shorter’s “Witch Hunt” and Freddie Hubbard’s “Red Clay”).