The great tenor saxophonist composed a line over the chords of STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY called — wittily — BYAS A DRINK, which he recorded for Savoy Records:
That would be enough pleasure for most of us. But I found something remarkable on eBay (from a seller who offers more than twelve thousand pieces of sheet music among other things):
And an explanation on the back:
and here’s a sample of the drum part:
Now, I don’t harbor a serious desire to go back to 1945. Were I there, wouldn’t I be dead by now? (The logic will keep me up at night.) But the thought of Don Byas, Eddie Barefield, and Walter “Foots” Thomas making an idea like this available for sale . . . so that I could have a “unique style set” for my modern combo. Very enticing. And here is the actual link.
May your happiness increase!