Okay, kiddos – can you hear it? Many of you are working on this, or have it in current review status in your Mark O’Connor book:
Amazing, right? Starts off sort of basic and then gets downright FUNKY.
Here are some interesting observations to note:
-The music sitting in front of Mark O’Connor on the stand is most likely NOT “Boil ‘Em Cabbage.” He’s making all of the variations up as he goes.
-When Mark O’Connor turns around and says something to the bassist, he’s letting him know which chord comes next in the sequence. (Remember – the chords are the little letters above your line.) This means that these musicians have not played this piece too much together before. In fact, it’s possible this is the first time they’ve done it.
-Wynton Marsalis is the fellow on the trumpet. Notice how his style and variation differ from Mark O’Connor’s? And yet, it’s the SAME PIECE.
A little bit of practice motivation for you all.