PREZ’S STIMULUS PLAN- SOLO TRANSCRIPTIONS
As the U.S. and the world awaits the new stimulus package from Obama and the legislature, i thought i would consult the wisdom of another head of state to see what he had to say. Lester Young’s thoughts might not do much for the economy but they will most definitely stimulate the mind of anyone who cares to listen. these three sides are all variations on rhythm changes, and on them, Young displays his control, finesse, incredible rhythmic sense and that SOUND. each of these sides feature an overt, bouncing beat with a really prominent 4 feel. it’s too bad that jazz isn’t much considered as dance music anymore. playing for dancers profoundly effects how a band and a soloist feels the beat, and seeing music expressed physically in dance, its artistic sibling, is a sensation that musicians should endeavor to experience as often as possible. the musicians on these sides: Count Basie, Jo Jones, Walter Page, Freddie Green and Dickie Wells, to name a few, collaborate towards evoking an infectious and elegant swing.
the saxophone is capable of such a broad range of expression; in the hands a of a master it can attain the level of our innate instrument, the human voice. nowadays there is much talk of the immanent fusion of man and machine, of technology becoming so fast and complex as to be able to smoothly interface with the processes of the human mind and body. well, Prez was there, way back when. in his hands, the saxophone became a flesh and blood appendage; he was definitely one with his horn. hearing guys who’ve reached that level- Bird, Miles, Trane, Monk, Mingus… is, in a word, stimulating. these solos won’t pay your bills but they’re likely to bring a smile to your face. check ‘em out…
“SHOESHINE BOY” SOLO
“LESTER LEAPS IN” SOLO
“I GOT RHYTHM” SOLO