Saturday, April 29, 2023

Transcription: Shadow Wilson comping

A little bit of Shadow Wilson's playing on Nutty, from Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane, at Carnegie Hall. This is Monk's second solo chorus, starting at 2:33. The tune is 32 bars long, form is AABA. 

He's more active on the snare drum than you would think from a cursory listen— the ghosted notes are extremely soft. The snare drum hangs around beats 2 and 4, with many of the audible notes happening on the & of those beats. Note the triplets in bar 24, with the left foot in unison with the left hand— a clue as to how those older guys approached left foot independence...

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