Simple Gifts (Shaker Song)
As recorded by Bob McChesney from the album, Come Sunday. Simple Gifts is arranged as a fast jazz waltz in the key of C. For solo instrument or vocalist, jazz trio (piano, bass, drum set) and string section (violin 1 & 2, viola, cello). The solo instrument/vocalist first performs the melody with the rhythm section only the 1st time, then the 2nd time the string section joins in with some interesting reharmonizations. There are improvised solo sections for both the piano and the featured solo instrument/vocalist, followed by a drum solo section.