“MEXICAN HIP DANCE” LEAD SHEET AND WOODY SHAW SOLO
THE JODY GRIND- depending on the day and my mood, my favorite Horace Silver record. Silver augments his tried and true hard bop concept with nods to soul jazz, latin music and post bop. I love the more ambiguous chord progressions that he uses on this record. “Mexican Hip Dance” is a 32 bar (ABAB) song in 3/4 time by Silver. It moves between a straight 8th note, double time feel (when I hear it I think about the Mingus record, TIJUANA MOODS and of flamenco dancers) and a jazz waltz. The A section has the horns harmonizing a syncopated rhythm against a quarter note bass line. and a tight hi- hat/ rim shot drum pattern. At B, the rhythm section moves into a rumbling jazz waltz as the horns play an arpeggiated line. Woody Shaw follows the melody with a brief solo that is funky and oblique at the same time… Love it!
“MEXICAN HIP DANCE”- MELODY AND WOODY SHAW SOLO
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