Well, alright, okay … This is a riddle. You all know Rifftide by Coleman Hawkins, right? — Well, that’s not by Hawk, it’s been recorded under its original title Lady Be Good by the one and only Mary Lou Williams, but in A-flat.
All very confusing, isn’t it?
Four titles, three keys: Oh Lady Be Good (in F & G), Lady Be Good (in F & Ab), Rifftide (in Ab & F), Hackensack (in F) ;)
Gosh! — Now, the riddle solved?
There is a new tune, composed by yours truly Bruno Leicht, and based on the changes to Oh, Lady Be Good but in the key of Gb a.k.a. G-flat.
And so, we have a new jazz suite which is entitled:
The Good, The Bad & The Beautiful Ladies – A Suite, Dedicated To Rifftides
The four chromatically ascending movements are:
1 – Lady Be Good in F, played in a “Dixieland” style…
2 – A Bad Lady In Six Flats, the new melody in Gb, sounds “coolish”…
3 – Oh, Lady Be Good in G, no theme, only improvisation…
4 – Lady Be Good by Mary Lou Williams (a.k.a. Rifftide) in Ab, only the intro, the theme, extro & fine :)
The tenorsax will fake a dixieish-bone and has of course his big feature in the Gee-department. The trumpet will play only one chorus over the G-flat theme. My students will be mainly featured here, you understand?
We made fun, and thought about splitting the band in two: One half of the band would start with the Ab-part, the others in F. We would meet in the “middle”, where Gb & G would produce a big John-Cage-like cluster. — But we skipped the idea. — I will certainly pick it up later on with another composition, extra designed for this kinda musical mess :)
The initial performance will be in June or July, during the Summer Festival of the Open Jazz House School. Will send a recording.
2nd P.S. —
My special thanks goes to Doug Ramsey for recommending the above article in Rifftides.
3rd P.S. —
Since the uploader of the “video” with the original studio recording of “Hackensack” (1954) has closed his account, here’s the Thelonious Monk Quartet in 1965, playing “Hackensack” a.k.a. “Rifftide” @ minute 9:48: