The Silverbook concept is founded and grounded in the spirit of New Orleans. It draws its essence from the echoes of Congo Square, which linger in the air and on the streets of New Orleans. It draws its uniqueness from the special warmth and optimism of the people in this one-of-a-kind city, the city that gave the world this specific expression of American Art – JAZZ!
61 Original Compositions
These selections were carefully chosen from a catalog of more than 200 compositions by some 15 composers. They present the broadest spectrum of applied jazz theory encounters. Many of them were originally written for the specific purpose of solving and resolving certain melodic and harmonic problems.
Form & Analysis
Brief commentaries on the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic information contained in each composition, along with observations regarding style, genre, and historic perspective, are provided to stimulate thought and discussion of Jazz musicology. A complete second set of leadsheets is included in this section, with ample space for not taking or annotations.
Compositions Arranged by Composer:
Capetown, Chatterbox, Cochise, Comin’ On, Mozartin’, Nigeria
All Alone. Alviette Is Her Name, Beautiful Old Ladies, Carrie Mae, Child Playing, Circle Cycle, Falling In Love, Harlis Laughing, Harold’s Church, J.B. Jazz, Madrid, Malibu, Marzique Dancing, Me & Willie Tee, Minor Theme, Minuette in (Funk), My Lady (Of The Morning), My Song, Nevermore, Novia, Ohadi, One Daze, Opus 43, Relaxing, Silver Breeze, Somp’um Sorta Fonky, Song For Andrea, Song For Dance, Song For Yette, Soon We Will Be Together, Stephanie, This Is Love, To Brownie
Comprehension, Dee Wee, Going Up, Magnolia Triangle, Monkey Puzzle, New Arrival, OId Wyne, Sister Wilson, Whistle Stop
All Alone, Le’ John
After, Basic Urge, Cry Again, Five For Trane, Life’s A Drag, Swinging At The Haven, Toni, 12′s It, When We First Met
Alvin “Red” Tyler
The Big B.N.
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A message from the President of AFO…
From the basic work done by AFO Records and At Last Publishing Co. in the early 1960′s, we will go back to research the period from 1950 through to 2000. We will not only expand the AFO Exhibit, but also uncover many of the treasures of the period that have gone unnoticed by history.
The decision to bring these components under the shelter of a non-profit 501 © (3) organization came about upon recognizing the tremendous importance of the work and the meager resources (money and people power) at my disposal. I needed to beg for both.
I have been very fortunate here at home to have had several…many people who have offered, and helped me in many ways at many levels. Some are helping me now. I hesitate to name them here for fear I may omit someone. Even so, as the project expands and the work becomes more intense, we need more people…people who love this city, its music, and its musicians.
Thank you for your time and attention.
Peace be with you,
HAROLD R. BATTISTE, JR.