Recorded for dial records the a side is for many the

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Recorded for Dial Records, the A-side is, for many, the epitome of the strand of jazz its title boasts. Timing break down, chorus by chorus 00:00 Trumpet solo begins song, and piano joins in. 00:49 Trumpet and Saxophone are prominent in this song, creating a fun, fresh, and energetic vibe. McGhee and team continue with a syncopated rhythm which is a bit bouncy, but
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consistent. Bass drums are going off at this point to give a sense of excitement 01:13 McGhee's "blow!" comes at 1:13 in this song. McGhee shouts out just prior to the second eight bars 01:50 Piano solo for 19 seconds and then joined by trumpet which is most prominent for the majority of the song- still no vocals except a few shouts 02:27 Instrumental section again for last chorus. Charlie Parker and Howard McGhee (on trumpet) play demanding leads and blistering solos .The rhythm stays pretty consistent throughout the song except for the trumpet solos which add complexity to the song and enthusiastic improvisation. 03:02 Simultaneous and harmonious brass instruments that collaborate for a big ending with clear brass influence while Bob Kesterson furiously runs up and down the bass to catch up with drummer Roy Foster. 03:25 Song ends abruptly with a trumpet crescendo. My personal reaction Thought it sounds like (from what I have read) that McGhee and friends were all having quite a hard time in the 50’s with drugs and mental illness, they still seem to come together enough to create one of the most famous bebop songs of its time. McGhee was known for his fast fingers and very high notes which I think gives a unique edge to this song, compared to other bebop music. I got a feeling of real ownership and comradairy when listening to this as the entire band worked perfectly together in melody and harmony. This song made me want to put on a poodle skirt and a bow in my hair and find the nearest bebop dance hall. My husband was even bouncing his head and tapping his feet as he was working in the same room as me. Bebop is a lot of fun, and this week has made me want to familiarize myself with even more bebop musicians and music for my own personal growth.
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  • Spring '12
  • Carr
  • Music, Howard McGhee

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