jazz music “willow weep for me ”
[The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz, Vol. II. Penn State MMC: MCD90-425] Art Tatum, “Willow Weep for Me” (Ann Ronell), Los Angeles, July 13, 1949. Art Tatum, piano (p)
Topic 1: Identify the form of this piece. The first chorus that contains the melody begins after an introduction at 00:10 and ends at 01:27. Use letters to designate the sections of this chorus. Give counter numbers for the beginning of each section. How many bars is each section? How does Tatum play the melody? Does he play the melody plainly or does he embellish it? In your own words describe the different kinds of embellishment that Tatum uses with the melody from 00:10 to 01:27. Then listen to entire piece. Does Tatum improvise for an entire chorus? Is the melody different at the end of the piece?
Topic 2: Where does Art Tatum’s improvised solo begin? Does he solo for an entire chorus? Note: The length of a chorus can be found between 00:10 to 01:27, which is the first chorus of the piece that features the melody. Now focus on Tatum’s solo from 02:12 to 02:32. In this section he is playing many fast scale passages. Listen closely; is he playing any part of the melody in that section or is he just trying to impress you with his dexterity? Are these fast scales in his solo being unified in some way in that section? Explain.
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