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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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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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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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“CAPE VERDEAN BLUES”, LEAD SHEET AND JOE HENDERSON SOLO

“The Cape Verdean Blues” is, in my opinion, one of Horace Silver’s most effective compositions. He takes an infectious melody and supports it with the very best aspects of his compositional style. The melody consists of two main motifs that … Continue reading

18. August 2013 by james
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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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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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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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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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LARRY GALES- “STRAIGHT NO CHASER” SOLO TRANSCRIPTION

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

07. January 2012 by james
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RALPH MOORE- “FREEWAY” SOLO TRANSCRIPTION

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

02. January 2012 by james
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