Chart #2 Mentor's Prose from: Further Ado
This is a lead sheet style chart of a composition entitled "Mentor's
Prose". It is featured on the CD Further Ado. (BN# 7243 8 56543 2 9) The
verticle structures are typical "Jazz style" voicings. It was inspired
by tenor saxophonist Von Freeman's extremely personal style of ballad playing.
Von calls tunes at this tempo "drinking songs". Named such as a dedication
to the last patron sitting at the bar in the listening establishment that one may be performing in or for
the state or condition one must be in to interpret such a tempo effectively.
Use your imagination. I prefer to simulate that particular condition (intoxication) by laying back
behind the beat, engaging in an exageration of dynamics, and a deliberate elongation of the strong
Effective performance of a song at this tempo ranks among the highest
in degrees of difficulty for any musician at any level. It is common during
a musician's developmental stages to succumb to the temptation of playing
everything fast in practice and application. At fast tempos, tonal character,
colorization, shadings, melodic voice leading ETC.. are, in many instances, the least of considerations.
Special attention should be given to the aforementioned elements in order
to convincingly represent oneself on a composition of this type.
Other variations of ballad interpretation:
From Art Forum
I Didn't Know About You
From Further Ado
From The Invisible Hand
Continue to Chart #3:
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