Equipoise: A Critical Analysis of CoversBen Equipoise jazz Contributing Writer bengray gmail. His work on the keyboard has been sampled for some well-known hip-hop songs admittedly, this was my introduction to Cowellbut his equipoise jazz in a purely jazz context more than stands up. This version starts out with Cowell stating the opening east german stasi hat the tune on solo piano at a relatively slow tempo compared with later versions, after which the horns and drums join at about 0: Interesting how the melody is broken up between the trumpet and sax in this version as compared with the piano playing the melody in later piano trio versions led by Cowell, below…. Tolliver starts with an understated, smooth solo himself, partly because of the slow tempo here, then builds a beautiful solo with some long notes equipoise jazz one around 2:
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Ben Gray Contributing Writer bengray gmail. His work on the keyboard has been sampled for some well-known hip-hop songs admittedly, this was my introduction to Cowell , but his work in a purely jazz context more than stands up.
This version starts out with Cowell stating the opening of the tune on solo piano at a relatively slow tempo compared with later versions, after which the horns and drums join at about 0: Interesting how the melody is broken up between the trumpet and sax in this version as compared with the piano playing the melody in later piano trio versions led by Cowell, below….
Tolliver starts with an understated, smooth solo himself, partly because of the slow tempo here, then builds a beautiful solo with some long notes the one around 2: Roach does give a strong drum accompaniment for the solo, with a big roll just before 4: The group sounds a little tentative here in the opening.
Cowell brings his solo to a nice finish at about 2: The group sounds alright, but the song never really builds its momentum here. But hey, these are just my opinions, your mileage may vary. The first time that "Equipoise" showed up on an album led by Cowell was in on Musa Ancestral Streams one of only two Cowell-led albums released on Strata-East.
Cowell is not only the leader on this album, he has the stage to himself on this solo piano album. On this version, Cowell seems to have really found the driving force of the tune as this performance really clicks to my ears, anyway, this is a fuller performance of the song than the two versions above.
The Pharcyde used this one. On this version, "Equipoise" feels like it has found its feet and is a more fully realized tune - a very enjoyable solo piano version of this tune here. Cowell released another session as leader in , and here he not only brought "Equipoise" to the session, but named the album after the song. This version opens with Cowell and McBee starting out the head over some subtle drums from Haynes.
The head cycles back on itself around 0: They bring things back down, though for a bass solo from McBee that starts around 2: They play through the head again, with Cowell very high up on the piano, then bring this to a close. The trio has a great conversation amongst themselves here. Cowell would revisit "Equipoise" many times through his still active career.
This version starts out similarly to the original version of the tune above, but at a slightly slower tempo. Burrage takes a slightly different approach to Haynes on Equipoise , but fills a similar role, not stepping out front but instead supporting the soloist entirely.
They return to the head of the tune at about 5: Twelve years after its first appearance, Cowell is continuing to explore this tune and find new approaches in his soloing. A Randy Brecker trumpet solo starts at about 3: Nothing about this version is bad, and in fact all of the soloists come up with some fine improvisations, but it never really clicks , never builds the momentum that is there in the Cowell-led piano trio versions above.
Equipoise from Ray Drummond on Myspace. This solo moves into a brief section led by the violin and flute. They continue through a reprise of the "Equipoise" head and then bring this version to a close over layers of percussion. This version includes some of the same musicians, with Nate Morgan on keys, Carlos Nino on multiple instruments, Andres Renteria on percussion, and Adam Rudolph on drums.
In addition to those players, Dwight Trible is on multiple instruments, Dexter Story is on drums, and this tune features Sa-Ra on vocals. This version starts out with some spacy synth sounds before the vocals join. The "Equipoise" chords are played on synths underneath the vocals sung to the "Equipoise" melody.
This one is a super interesting take on "Equipoise," very different from any of the other versions here. The group also included "Equipoise" on their self-titled release from This version is fairly spare, with the hand percussion, light piano comping, and the bass holding things together. This starts pretty minimal and never gets overly virtuosic, but adds some ornamentation to the bassline that had been playing before the solo.
Following the bass solo, at about 4: This version is fine, but the group shows a little too much restraint for my taste. They get into an easy, relaxed groove, but I felt they could stand to build something from there. Still, an original take on the Cowell composition. Reed plays a beautiful solo introduction to the tune, just hinting at the "Equipoise" melody until about 1: This is a fairly mellow affair, with nice bass from Dezron Douglas underneath this. Dillard gets in some nice interaction with the drums around 3: Dillard ends this solo with some Coltrane-esque flutters, then hands the reins to Steve Davis for a trombone solo starting around 6: Good stuff here, a great improvisation based off the "Equipoise" melody but not sticking too closely to the written melody.
A very good version of "Equipoise" with some standout piano playing from Eric Reed and great bass support from Dezron Douglas. Ben Gray is a listener with a lot of ideas about this music around in his head.