September 20, 2014: Frank Griffith

Many thanks to Frank Griffith in which we covered:

“Totem Poll” by Lee Morgan
“In Passing” by Oliver Nelson

We started the session by warming up with a Frank Griffith etude involving ii-V-I’s in every key.

“Totem Poll” is a great composition found on Lee Morgan’s “Sidewinder” album which was great fun to play through.

“In Passing” is a dreadful technical exercise which even the original found on Oliver Nelson’s “Soul Brothers” is joyless. Maybe you can spot that I found this particularly tricky, not the least because it changes key every two beats.

Many thanks to Frank Griffith for a challenging session.