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MULGREW MILLER- “SECOND THOUGHTS” LEAD SHEET

MULGREW MILLER- “SECOND THOUGHTS” LEAD SHEET MP3 OPEN TRANSCRIPTION WINDOW

09. November 2014 by james
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McCOY TYNER- “FESTIVAL IN BAHIA” LEAD SHEET

McCOY TYNER- “FESTIVAL IN BAHIA” LEAD SHEET MP3 OPEN TRANSCRIPTION WINDOW

03. November 2014 by james
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MODAL SCALE EXERCISE

Here is an exercise that I practice a lot. It runs through the 7 traditional modal scales: Lydian, Ionian, Mixolydian, Dorian, Aeolian, Phrygian and finally, Locrian. Using the key of C as an example, we start with a Lydian scale … Continue reading

05. March 2014 by james
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OLIVER NELSON- THE KENNEDY DREAM

I had Kennedy Dream: Originals on vinyl many years ago and recently happened upon some of the music posted on Youtube. It’s a really interesting record that features Nelson’s arrangements of original music inspired by the life and times of … Continue reading

03. March 2014 by james
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VIRGIL JONES SOLO ON “NICA’S DREAM”

Virgil Jones, one of jazz’s unheralded trumpet greats, worked with a who’s who of musicians including Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Thad Jones- Mel Lewis, Joe Henderson… the list goes on and on. As a sideman for Johnny “Hammond” Smith’s date … Continue reading

16. January 2014 by james
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AMIRI BARAKA 1934-2014

11. January 2014 by james
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WARNE MARSH SOLO ON “YARDBIRD SUITE”

A transcription of “Yardbird Suite” from Warne Marsh’s self- titled date… “YARDBIRD SUITE”- WARNE MARSH SOLO MP3 OPEN TRANSCRIPTION WINDOW BUY WARNE MARSH ON AMAZON

11. January 2014 by james
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LEE KONITZ SOLO ON “DONNA LEE”

This Lee Konitz solo was taken off of his date LEE KONITZ WITH WARNE MARSH. A different take on the language of Dizzy, Charlie Parker and Bud Powell. “DONNA LEE”- LEE KONITZ SOLO MP3 OPEN TRANSCRIPTION WINDOW BUY LEE KONITZ WITH … Continue reading

10. January 2014 by james
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KENNY GARRETT SOLO ON “MOONTRANE”

THE ETERNAL TRIANGLE featuring Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw is another record that I kept on heavy rotation during my time in college… “MOONTRANE”- KENNY GARRETT SOLO MP3 OPEN TRANSCRIPTION WINDOW BUY THE ETERNAL TRIANGLE ON AMAZON

03. January 2014 by james
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MULGREW MILLER “I REMEMBER YOU” SOLO

If I were given a choice of one Mulgrew Miller record to listen to from this moment on, it would have to be WINGSPAN, with HAND IN HAND a close second. I first heard this record many years ago while in … Continue reading

31. December 2013 by james
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STAY TUNED

It’s been a long time since I posted anything on Practice Portal. For the past month, my family and I have been relocating from Japan to the U.S. It’s been a long, energy draining process but we are finally settling … Continue reading

21. November 2013 by james
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JOE HENDERSON- “WIGGLE WAGGLE” SOLO

One of things I enjoy most about living in Japan is hearing great music in the most unlikely places. Out shopping at a grocery store, I might hear some Stanley Turrentine over the speakers. I might hear a gangsta rap … Continue reading

01. October 2013 by james
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“NAIMA”

25. August 2013 by james
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JOE SAMPLE- “FREEDOM SOUND” LEAD SHEET

The Jazz Crusaders- one of my favorite jazz units of the ’60s. They had the precision and group empathy that comes from putting in a lot of time with each other, they had lots of interesting, original material, and they … Continue reading

20. August 2013 by james
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“SERENADE TO A SOUL SISTER”, LEAD SHEET AND STANLEY TURRENTINE SOLO

Horace Silver’s “Serenade To A Soul Sister” from his album by the same name, is a 24 blues waltz. Stanley Turrentine’s saxophone fits this style perfectly with his hard edged soul- blues concept. He had one of the most distinct … Continue reading

19. August 2013 by james
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