Wednesday, December 21, 2011

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest you merry, Gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
For Jesus Christ our Savior
Was born upon this Day.
To save poor souls from Satan's power,
Which long time had gone astray.
Which brings tidings of comfort and joy.

Merry Christmas everyone!  This arrangement of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is done with a modern jazz trio and some guest soloists on tenor and trumpet.

The excellent players on this take are Terry Clarke on Drums, Neil Swainson on Bass, PJ Perry on Tenor and 
Brad Turner on Trumpet.  

Geek Alert

The more modern sound of melody line is done using 4ths and a pedal bass.  (Thanks Ed!  Great idea)

You may notice that I'm using a minor line cliche as the entry, exit and turnaround vamp.  For some reason, that seemed to beg for a quote of My Funny Valentine in the solo of the song. 
Modern jazz seems harder to synchronize with mixing software because there is not always an identifiable downbeat for a reference point.  But I love the way this winds up sounding!      

1 comment:

  1. Ken,

    Well done as usual. The fourths sound great and the pedal point works well with Terry Clarke's drum patterns. You are right when it comes to the quote from My Funny Valentine-works like a charm!
    Bassist Neil Swensen played with George Shearing during the years that he performed in a duo format. His lines are smooth and swinging giving you just the underpinning you need to make the arrangement work. Well Done! keep up the great work. Ed