Beatrice – Robert Glasper arrangement in 7

Hello again – back again after a bit of a hiatus.  I’m continuing to work on jazz in odd meters and have transcribed the harmony from Robert Glasper’s arrangement of the great Sam Rivers tune “Beatrice” from his album In My Element.  For my tastes, the arrangement is a little too dense.  I like Glasper’s reharmonization, and the tune sounds great in 7, but together it feels a little busy.  Plus, I feel like it’s a little too fast to really appreciate the new harmony.  But that’s just my tastes.  Still a cool arrangement.  I dig the symmetry of the first eight bars – four bars of harmony ascending by half step, then four bars of harmony ascending by whole step.  It makes the transition from Dmin to Emin in bar 6 a nice surprise to the ears.  Enjoy!


  1. Thanks, Bernd – that’s an interesting arrangement of Dolphin Dance. It reminds me of Ryan Kisor’s arrangement of Donna Lee in 7 – rather than a straight 7/8 feel for the whole tune, it’s more of a compound feeling where 7/4 = 4/4 + 3/4 or vice versa. The guitar/vibes quartet is a nice sound – ala Gary Burton.

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