My method of gathering material for these posts has been pretty haphazard. often, while i’m transcribing a solo, another version of the song i’m listening to will come to mind. such was the case when i was transcribing Eddie Harris’ solo from “Love For Sale” for the last post. i started hearing pieces of a Joe Henderson solo from Grant Green’s record, SOLID from the Blue Note label. the session features lots of extended blowing from the likes of Green, Henderson, James Spaulding, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones and Bob Cranshaw. the song “Ezz-Thetic” was written by George Russell and uses a progression that is similar to “Love For Sale” but the A sections are in a minor tonality and the progression is sparser. the feel of this recording, with 2/3rds of the classic Coltrane rhythm section on hand, is pretty loose and open ended, allowing the soloists to stretch out. Henderson grabs on to Spaulding’s last couple of notes and jumps right into the fray, incorporating all those devices that made him such a versatile and convincing soloist: a wealth of melodic material, rhythmic variety, a flexible, hard swinging beat, an ability to reference the harmonic contour of a song but not be imprisoned by it, and of course, that SOUND. check it out…


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26. December 2009 by james
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  1. Thank you so much for this transcription (Ezz-thetic – Joe Henderson). This record means a lot to me (it was a rare jazz edition in Brazil in the 80′s, grew up with). Once more, thank you, after download the solo I will listen to your sound.

  2. Thanks for checking out the website…

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