This one comes from an album that’s well-represented on this site, Jackie McLean’s Fire and Love. I lost or sold my copy of the CD, so without the liner notes for reference I had guessed that the composer of this tune was trombonist Steve Davis, but it turns out to be trumpeter Raymond Williams. I should have known… he’s the author of my favorite songs on the record, Cryptography and Optimism. Steve Davis contributed Excursions to the program.
Here’s a bluesy bossa nova from Duke Pearson’s 1968 album The Phantom.
I mentioned a while ago that I’d share this Buster Williams blues. One more tune and I’ll have lead sheets for this whole album posted on the site.
This short but energetic bass solo owes a little to the Ron Carter study I posted last month – Larry seems to quote that solo directly in bar 20, and hints at Ron’s style again at the very end.