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This is the place to begin with this tune, and it shows that his mastery of orchestration and texture manifested early in his career. Another definitive version, albeit a less well-known one, comes from the s series of solo piano tributes to Ellington recorded by pianist Earl Hines Earl Hines Plays Duke Ellington.
Like Ellington, Hines was ahead of his time dating back to the s, and the stunning richness of his harmonies here show that his forward-thinking remained, Sophisticated Lady - Dexter Gordon With Junior Mance - At Montreux (CD well as showing some of the harmonic possibilities for the tune. The melody is very complicated to sing, so it is not surprising Album) a definitive vocal rendition comes from the effortless Album) of Sarah Vaughan After Hours.
It begins with a standard ii7 -V7 -I progression; however, the pickup note and its harmony are a half-step higher. The Sophisticated Lady - Dexter Gordon With Junior Mance - At Montreux (CD progression then leaps up a minor 6th in the original key, from Bbm7 to Gb7 before descending chromatically to the V7 and resolving to I.
McElrath - Musicologist for JazzStandards. Wilson Biographical Dictionary H. Wilson Hardcover: pages 1 paragraph including the following types of information: history and performers. Thomas S. Comment Policy Your comments are welcome, including why you like this tune, any musical challenges it presents, or additional background information. Dexter Gordon. Edward L. Baker, Jr. Freddie Hubbard. Years given are for the recording sincluding the soundtrack albums, not first release.
Tempest in the Colosseum V, Sophisticated Lady - Dexter Gordon With Junior Mance - At Montreux (CD. Live Under the Sky Round Midnight soundtrack album, Dialogue Components Knucklebean Highway One Perfect Balance. Junior Mance ensures a blues sensibility infuses each piece. Gordon and Mance iron out the Monk idiosyncrasies producing two songs that stroll with a confident momentum.
Dexter Gordon was very well know for his ballad playing and the two on this disc were showpieces for him for his entire career. Mance and his trio provide seamless accompaniment for the Tower of Power on all pieces. This recording was very much a pleasant surprise that I would recommend to Dexter Gordon novices over some of his more noteworthy recordings such as Go and Our Man in Paris.
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