Theme For Basie – Tutorial
This piece is a heartfelt homage to the man who introduced Phineas Newborn Jr. to John Hammond, who in turn connected Newborn with Atlantic records and a management team in New York City, thus paving the way for his wide exposure and commercial success in the world of jazz. True to Count Basieâ€™s musical tastes, this piece swings buoyantly and effortlessly, while utilizing big band sounding textures, particularly in the bridge sections of the piece. Elaborate two-handed textures abound in this arrangement, while the two solo choruses range from Blues-based and space-filled melodic gestures and full two-handed textures, to double-time lines played two octaves apart and double-time lines harmonized with block chords. There is a â€œshoutâ€ chorus of â€œfoursâ€ that features the hands moving in contrary motion for four measures, before the bass and drum solos respectively. The tag ending (3 times) is yet another nod to Basieâ€™s way of arranging a song…
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Composed & Recorded by Phineas Newborn Jr.
Released November 21, 1961 on The Great Jazz Piano of Phineas Newborn Jr.
Contemporary Records OJCCD-388-2 (S-7611).