“Wrong Way” is from Georgia Anne Muldrow’s 2006 album Olesi: Fragments Of An Earth. She uses layer upon layer of voices, keyboards and beat loops to create a unique musical statement that delivers a blend of youthful exuberance and world-weary wisdom.
The bottom line of each system is a tuned drum sample that carries on underneath the whole track.
Here’s one from Hank Mobley’s 1967 album of the same name.
Far Away Lands
Today’s feature is by bassist Jymie Merritt. Jymie started his career playing rock and blues with legends like BB King, before joining what many people consider the best iteration of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (alongside Benny Golson, Lee Morgan and Bobby Timmons). Sadly, he is poorly represented on record, and never released an album of his own despite being a prolific composer.
This tune appears on two albums in my collection, Max Roach’s Drums Unlimited and Lee Morgan’s Live at the Lighthouse. This lead sheet is based on the earlier (and slower) Roach recording.
When I first started my record collection some years back, one of my prized LPs was Miles Ahead!, a Prestige disc of Miles Davis sessions from 1953. Jazz aficionados may know this record because side A features Charlie Parker on tenor sax, sharing the spotlight with a young Sonny Rollins. I haven’t found a good chart for this tune, so here it is (with intro and interlude):