I had some unexpected free time last week, so I decided to tackle a song that sneaks into my thoughts from time to time.
Egberto Gismonti is a prolific and versatile composer. A look through his extensive discography finds him playing rock, jazz, folk, chamber music and more. His 1991 album Infância is a collection of mellifluous pieces for cello, guitars (or piano) and bass. The music is sometimes somber, sometimes joyous, and always has a rhythmic flair that is distinctly Brazilian.
Meninas – Score
I thought I’d start the new year with a song by Ryan Keberle, trombonist and leader of the group Catharsis. This chart is based on their live performance on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts” series, a cool platform for bands to play stripped-down, acoustic versions of their songs. The version on their album In the Zone has more improvisation, especially at the fermata before the trumpet takes the melody.
As a bit of an experiment, I notated the score in 18/8. This way I don’t have to write a 6/4 chart filled with triplets.
Another catchy Raymond Williams tune from Jackie McLean’s Fire & Love.
Optimism lead sheet