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This is a transcription of the first chorus of Bill Evans’ reading of the Johnny Mandel classic, “A Time For Love”. It’s from the Bill Evans album ALONE. I’ll call this a sketch because it’s far from perfect- there are … Continue reading
“Fuchsia Swing Song” comes from Sam River’s album of the same name. It’s a 32 bar song written over the chord changes of the first half of Cole Porter’s “Night And Day”. Rivers varies the melody each time he plays … Continue reading
Here’s a song (contrafact) I recently wrote that is based on the chord progression to “Sweet Georgia Brown”, and is inspired by Jackie Maclean’s “Dig” and the complex melodies of Lennie Tristano. It’s a tricky, twisty chromatic line with lots … Continue reading
This Cannonball Adderley solo transcription is from his album THE CANNONBALL ADDERLEY QUINTET PLUS that features his brother Nat on coronet, Victor Feldman on vibes and piano, Sam Jones bass, Louis Hayes drums and Wynton Kelly sharing the piano … Continue reading
Here is a set of interval exercises I wrote out starting from a minor 2nd and going up to a perfect 4th. I wrote out each interval in 4 different directions (up interval/ down line, down interval/ down line, up … Continue reading
Part 3 of the series of ear training exercises. In this exercise, you approach each chord tone from a half step below. Now this part of the series of exercises is a bit more difficult because the approach tones are … Continue reading
Here’s the next part of the ear training exercise I began in the last post. In this exercise, you approach each chord tone from a scale step above… CHORD TONE EXERCISE PT. 2 CHORD TONE EXERCISE PT. 2 OPEN TRANSCRIPTION … Continue reading
Today’s jazz musician has to deal with a peculiar situation. Opportunities to develop under the tutelage of a battle tested mentor or in a stable working band are few. At the same time, there is a staggering amount of educational … Continue reading
Takes 3 and 4 of “Exercise In Swing” from THE COMPLETE SAVOY RECORDINGS… Lester Young was such an amazing improviser. These takes and the ones in the previous post are the same in that they are pristine miniatures of his … Continue reading
These two solo transcriptions are from a Lester Young compilation called THE COMPLETE SAVOY RECORDINGS. They are two takes of a variation on rhythm changes… LESTER YOUNG- EXERCISE IN SWING TAKE 1 LESTER YOUNG- EXERCISE IN SWING TAKE 1 OPEN … Continue reading
One of my all-time jazz favorites, Cannonball Adderley, ripping through his version of “If This Isn’t Love”, from the album CANNONBALL TAKES CHARGE. The two things I really love about Cannonball’s playing is the confidence and strength of his beat, … Continue reading
SONNY ROLLINS VISITS THE TAVIS SMILEY SHOW FOR A HALF HOUR INTERVIEW… Watch Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins on PBS. See more from Tavis Smiley.
The Larry Gales solo transcription below is taken from the record LIVE AT THE IT CLUB with Monk on piano, Charlie Rouse on sax and Ben Riley on drums. Although Gales’ bass solo is composed mainly of quarter notes, it … Continue reading
The song “FREEWAY” is from Ralph Moore’s 1989 Landmark jazz recording, IMAGES . He gathered a group of fine musicians- Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Benny Green playing piano, Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on the drums. Moore contributed … Continue reading