“CAPE VERDEAN BLUES”, LEAD SHEET AND JOE HENDERSON SOLO

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“The Cape Verdean Blues” is, in my opinion, one of Horace Silver’s most effective compositions. He takes an infectious melody and supports it with the very best aspects of his compositional style. The melody consists of two main motifs that are stated either in unison or with a simple diatonic harmony between the piano and sax. The rhythm section plays a calypso rhythm under the chord progression. The melody and the left hand accompaniment of the piano play off of each other in a call and response. What makes all of these devices work even more effectively is that they continue through the whole song creating a feeling of suspension. It also gives the impression that the entire song, solos and all, was written down and rehearsed. The rhythm section maintains its groove as Horace Silver creates a left hand/ right hand dialogue in his piano solo. Joe Henderson substitutes his tenor sax for Silver’s right hand during his solo… What I love so much about this way of interacting is that the musicians grab onto riff and work at it like a dog chewing on a bone. It takes a great deal of maturity to work a motif over and over and continue to find something new…

“THE CAPE VERDEAN BLUES”- MELODY

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“THE CAPE VERDEAN BLUES”- JOE HENDERSON SOLO

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18. August 2013 by james
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