Ballroom can be heard on Bill Frisell – Gone, Just Like A Train (Nonesuch 1998). In two parts, Ballroom starts with a solo guitar movement, almost like a separate little 3/4 tune in E before the band comes in with part 2. Part 2 is in a nicely swinging medium-slow 4/4. Bill’s brief solo is really choice on this one!
This tune is found on Ornette Coleman – The Shape Of Jazz To Come (Atlantic LP 1317, SD 1317) Coleman’s composition has a beautiful and haunting melody moving around C-flat and it’s relative minor, and features a wonderful minimalist (improvised?) contrasting section bowed by bassist Charlie Haden.
Here’s a shout out to any students, past and present, of the Detroit-based jazz musician and educator, Rob Pipho. You all may find this web-based flash card randomizer handy. Enjoy!
I finished this tune in March and Trio Flux has already performed it twice, once at Langano Lounge on 5/7/10, and most recently at Camellia Lounge 5/14/10. When Trio Flux bassist, Julio Appling, first read it down he texted me: “Cage Free is bleeping hard!” I stumbled on the ostinato pattern almost by mistake whilst fooling around in drop-d tuning, probably after practicing Egg Radio, come to think of it. The two-bar bass line sat on the shelf for a couple of weeks until I found the inspiration to expand on it. Cage Free is all about the harmonic movement in the ostinato pattern. I like how it turned out.
As performed by Bill Frisell on the recording, Gone, Just Like a Train. I love the sound the trio gets on this recording. Trying to play this tune is a challenge, in spite of its simple structure. Frisell is a master of simple lines and gestures. On his solo he paces himself beautifully whilst propelling the tune’s intensity. This tune is in drop-D tuning.
This is a great little melody that dances around E-flat and D triads. Found on the following records: