Free-Bop Quartet: Ornamental Monk
Thursday, November 4, 2010
510 NW 11th Ave.
Free-Bop Quartet debuts at Camellia Lounge playing new arrangements of obscure Monk tunes and Ornette Coleman classics. Free-Bop Quartet is Neil Mattson (guitar), Noah Bernstein-Hanley (alto sax), Jim Prescott (bass), and Mark Griffith (drums).
My newest project Free-Bop Quartet features Noah Bernstein-Hanley on alto sax, Jim Prescott on upright bass, Mark Griffith on drums, and myself on guitar. I’ve spent the better part of October 2010 transcribing Monk and Ornette tunes for the band, and after a couple of rehearsals we are ready for our first gig! The concept originated with my recent obsession with the music of Ornette Coleman. Interestingly enough the path that led me to Ornette’s music was my nearly life-long obsession with the music of Pat Metheny. — I highly recommend 3 recordings that highlight PM’s association with Ornette and his music: 80/81 (1980), Rejoicing (1983), and Song X (1985) —
With Free-Bop I wanted to highlight the connection between the linear compositions of the be-bop era and many of Ornette Coleman’s “free-jazz” compositions. This first gig we are playing a host of Monk tunes, in addition to some Coleman classics. We are calling this gig: Free-Bop Quartet Presents: Ornamental Monk. Eventually we will delve into the music of Parker, and others. If anything, it a great challenge to perform these tunes (I’m getting my rear-end kicked learning this stuff!!).
Here’s a taste:
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.
This is a great little melody that dances around E-flat and D triads. Found on the following records:
I first heard this Ornette Coleman tune on Pat Metheny – Bright Size Life (ECM (G) 1073). On that recording, Pat pairs it with Round Trip, also by Coleman. It was originally released on Ornette Coleman – Love Call (Blue Note BST 84356, CDP 7 84356-2) and Ornette Coleman – New York Is Now!, Vol. 1 (Blue Note BST 84287, CDP 7 84287-2).