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“MEXICAN HIP DANCE” LEAD SHEET AND WOODY SHAW SOLO

THE JODY GRIND- depending on the day and my mood, my favorite Horace Silver record. Silver augments his tried and true hard bop concept with nods to soul jazz, latin music and post bop. I love the more ambiguous chord progressions … Continue reading

17. August 2013 by james
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JUNIOR COOK ON “BLOWIN’ THE BLUES AWAY”

Junior Cook contributes four solid choruses of riff- laden blues on the Horace Silver song, “Blowin’ The Blues Away”… JUNIOR COOK- “BLOWIN’ THE BLUES AWAY” Blowin OPEN TRANSCRIPTION WINDOW BUY BLOWIN’ THE BLUES AWAY ON AMAZON

13. August 2013 by james
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JOE HENDERSON AND STEVE KUHN ON “EIDERDOWN”

These two solos are from the classic Pete La Roca Blue Note outing called BASRA. The record features Henderson and Kuhn along with La Roca and Steve Swallow on drums and bass. The song “Eiderdown”, composed by Swallow is a … Continue reading

12. August 2013 by james
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INTERVAL MATRIX NOW ON SALE

The INTERVAL MATRIX E-book is now available for purchase online! PDF format, 100 pages, $5.99 Click HERE to visit the INTERVAL MATRIX sample page.  

14. July 2013 by james
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BILL EVANS- “A TIME FOR LOVE” TRANSCRIPTION SKETCH

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

13. July 2013 by james
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“FUCHSIA SWING SONG”- LEAD SHEET TRANSCRIPTION

“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

10. July 2013 by james
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“DUG”- LEAD SHEET TRANSCRIPTION

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

08. July 2013 by james
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CANNONBALL ADDERLEY- “ARRIVING SOON” SOLO TRANSCRIPTION

  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

04. July 2013 by james
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INTERVAL EXERCISES

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

30. June 2013 by james
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EAR TRAINING EXERCISE PT. 3

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

28. October 2012 by james
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EAR TRAINING EXERCISE PT. 2

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

27. October 2012 by james
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EAR TRAINING EXERCISE PT. 1

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

28. September 2012 by james
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MORE LESTER YOUNG SOLO TRANSCRIPTIONS

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

23. September 2012 by james
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LESTER YOUNG SOLO TRANSCRIPTIONS

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

24. August 2012 by james
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CANNONBALL ADDERLEY- “IF THIS ISN’T LOVE” SOLO TRANSCRIPTION

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

27. April 2012 by james
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