One CD I have been listening to a lot lately is Gary Meek Originals. Gary has been on over two hundred records and continues to get better.
As Andrew says in the reviews, it’s burning, beautiful, and sometimes funny.
If you see Gary perform live he’ll talk about the origins of some of the songs.
One song called ‘Stella on the Stairs’ is about the abundance of enthusiasm that his little dog, Stella, has when he gets home. Running up the stairs one at a time and waiting for Gary. You can hear that in the music.
I got this record for myself and have given it to a few people.
The musicians on the tracks include Randy Brecker, Brian Bromberg, Terri Lyne Carrington, Bruce Forman, and Mitchel Forman.
Got a couple of requests to do this one actually.
C, B, A, Ab x2
A, C, G, C
C, B, G, A
G, F#, F, Eb x2
E, G, B, E
G, F#, D, E
At the Monterey Jazz Festival this year, they did a tribute to Sonny Rollins.
Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano, and Jimmy Heath were all on stage.
Jimmy Heath is 90 years old.
They finished the night on Saturday and played some tunes together as well as each playing a tune with one saxophone. The tune that Jimmy Heath chose, possibly related to the time they played it (closing the show that night), Round Midnight by Thelonious Monk and played it on soprano sax.
I had played the tune before, but decided to go back and relearn it on soprano after that.
Also, check out my saxophone scales class if you want to get more into scales.