Soulful Brother Gillespie***


This is an original composition and arrangement recorded by Derrick Gardner & The BIG dig! BAND on the 2020 Impact Jazz release “Still I Rise.” This medium tempo composition is dedicated to an unsung hero of jazz drumming Randy Gelispie. This composition represents what I like to refer to as a “Rhythmic Composition” based solely off of a specific rhythmic figure or groove. As I’ve performed with Randy over the years he played a very unique groove that he describes in scat syllables as “SHA GA DOO BA DOO GUM BOW,” which was the inspiration for the melody, form and chord structure of this composition. The arrangement features Guitar and Soprano Saxophone solos with background figures. The development section of the arrangement features a Drum solo that trades with ensemble orchestration and then to an open Drum solo. The CODA features a repeated vamp with layered horn figures by section, collective improvisation between Alto Saxophone and Guitar laid over this unique Gelispie groove for which the composition and arrangement is based upon.

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