Here’s the alternate take (previously unreleased) of Squib Cakes, this time from 1981’s Direct album. You may also find it as Direct Plus (re-released in 1997).
This is the same arrangement as the main track (transcription here). It starts off rubato with very loose time, and in fact the rhythm section drops out completely for an out of time cadenza.
It’s interesting to hear LP’s take on these two tracks. You can hear him experimenting with very different ideas and themes within the same framework. I can’t really say I have a preference for one take over the other. When you’re just looking at the sax solo, I find them both interesting in different ways.
I’ve got one more Squib Cakes transcription up my sleeves…stay tuned!
- Artist: Lenny Pickett
- Album: Tower of Power – Direct Plus (1981)
- Track: Squib Cakes (track #8)
- Instrument: Tenor Sax