Tunes on Tuesday: One By One

Why this tune?

Tunes On Tuesday celebrates the great Wayne Shorter, who passed on March 2, 2023. He was one of the giants of contemporary jazz and other American music, an essential player, composer and leader from the 1950s to the current decade.

Many of his compositions are jazz standards, played regularly on recordings, gigs and jam sessions around the world. One of my favorite Shorter tunes is “One By One,” which he recorded with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1963. It’s a complex tune that still moves and
swings, fun to play and solo on. I hear the blues behind Shorter’s carefully crafted and sophisticated melody and harmonies.

I hope my mini version on this mini keyboard captures some of the drive and
flow of this tune. I recorded it from Charlotte, NC, the first stop on a short road trip.

May the memory of the righteous be a blessing.

Tunes On Tuesday Reel

Published by Oren Levine

Jazz pianist and composer from Washington, DC. Also a digital product and technology consultant currently working with nonprofit cllients

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