Rifftides Encore

The question comes up every now and then. Here’s the answer from a posting in the early days of Rifftides, July 12, 2005.
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Now that you ask, the name Rifftides was inspired by a 1945 Coleman Hawkins piece, “Rifftide.” The tune was part of the celebrated 1945 Hollywood Stampede session that included trumpeter Howard McGhee, one of the bebop kiddies Hawk nurtured. Thelonious Monk had played with Hawkins the year before. Monk later recorded the tune and called it “Hackensack” Either way, it’s based on the harmonic structure of “Oh, Lady Be Good,” but copyright law doesn’t cover chord changes, and George Gershwin’s estate earned no royalties. Nor can titles be copyrighted, so I stole Hawkins’s and pluralized it.

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  1. Burkhard says

    The same tune was also published as “Merry Lee”, composer Howard McGhee.
    The Howard McGhee Sextet With Milt Jackson (Savoy MG 12026) from the year 1948.