As Recorded by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers
Arranged by Bobby Watson
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Edition: Jazz Sextet Arrangement [Three Horns and Rhythm]

Description: Swing - Difficult

Publisher: Second Floor Music/Hal Leonard

This is one of the most popular titles performed by the later Jazz Messengers. This unit introduced trumpeter Wynton Marsalis to the jazz world.


This arrangement works very well at a moderate tempo, and is playable by any group regardless of their experience. Playing this chart at the recorded tempo would require an experienced, technically-adept group of musicians. The head, featuring the three front-line instruments playing together in close harmony, consists mostly of quarter and half notes and falls within a very comfortable range. There is an optional shout chorus that is considerably more demanding than the head (this composition was originally recorded without it), but it's a great introduction to the chord changes. The chart makes for a great performance even without the shout chorus.

SOLOS: The solo changes, which are the same as those of John Coltrane's Lazybird, are mostly II-Vs which explore a number of less common keys in rapid succession. These changes are playable by a moderately-skilled improviser with some practice and are a great way to gain some experience with less-common II-Vs.

* Jazz Repertory Transcription Series includes chord voicings, bass lines, drum fills and cued melody lines in rhythm section parts.

Recorded by ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS on STRAIGHT AHEAD [Concord Jazz: CCD-4168 / SJP 128 / Recorded in June 1981]

1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax
3rd part: Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone