Monthly Archives: January 2019

Off Minor

This very funky take on Thelonious Monk’s “Off Minor” is from Cedar Walton’s Mobius album.

off minor (cwalton arr)

Off Minor (Cedar Walton arr)

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Take Time for Love

I’ve had a bad cold the last few days, so as much as possible I’m staying indoors close to a warm teapot and a good book.  I also like to use these periods of forced torpor to digitize old albums and transcriptions.  This song comes from a James Williams CD I borrowed from a friend.  I returned the album long ago, but playing through my handwritten lead sheet on piano brought back good memories.  James had a beautiful sense of melody and harmony.

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Son Contemporaneo

Here’s a partial score for Yosvany Terry’s “Son Contemporaneo” (or “Contemporary Son”).  This tune is a far cry from the folkloric son music of 1890s Cuba; it eschews traditional instrumentation and tonality, and is mostly built on a major triad with a flatted 6th, a sound that’s been in vogue in the early 21st century.

This almost never happens, but when I heard this on the radio for the first time I had to pull my car off the road just to listen.

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