Transcriptions, Charts, etc.

For one's musical enbiggenment.  Files will open as PDFs, you'll need to have on your PDF-compliant helmet, goggles, and gloves to proceed any further.

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The Feeling of Jazz

Leadsheet, from the Coltrane/Ellington collaboration.

Cherokee (Bird) 

From an early (1942) Charlie Parker recording. By the way, the first A-section is missing, for that section he was just playing the melody straight, and where it picks up at the second "A" is where he starts departing from it.

SonnySide

Stitt rhythm changes. The remainder of Bud Powell's solo is currently MIA, unfortunately. Story developing...

Countdown

Allan Holdsworth's version, transcription from my freshman year at Temple University.

MeanGreens

Leadsheet for the Eddie Harris tune - I'm on a bit of an Eddie-kick at the moment... Here's his solo on the original, too. I'm digging the way his language is the same in improv as it is in his written lines (not unlike Bird in that way), which is not always the case with us jazzers, or at least not as comfortably the case.

StepsUp 

Eddie-pallooza continues. I make no claims to being able to actually play this one, folks. Just the messenger this time.

Struttin' With Some Barbeque 

Pops' originally issued classic. Note: little attempt made at capturing phrasing details, of which there are too many and besides, you oughtta be getting that from listening rather than from me! I have another recorded version that he did in a different key, from his "Great Chicago Concert", which I'm going to put up soon.  

It's definitely instructive to look at these early solos in transcribed form, as too many of us bop-informed players (yours truly included) resort to post-Bird vocabulary even when playing this material. It's a little like seeing an obviously Shakespearian line in the middle of Beowulf or something, if you could picture actors improvising on the "chords" to Chaucer. An idea can still get conveyed, it's just a wierd fit, is all. Always good to strip away the "assumed" bebop language, and Armstrong's stuff is such a blast to listen to and play anyway - just 1000% groove and soul.

The Sun In Montreal 

Pat Metheny, melody and solo. Well, most of the bloody thing, anyway. Apparently I was in the middle of getting some of his chord soloing down when someone waved a shiny object in front of me, and sure enough I never got back to it. Anyway, from "Trio 99-00", a brilliant disc from start to finish. He writes some of my favorite ballads, hands-down.


Hank's Shout parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 

 Disclaimer 1: Would've grouped them all as one pdf, but either the Dell Print Wizard or Cute PDF kept getting confused and mixing the order of the pages. Freeware has its limits, I guess. Probably a good one to take in measured doses anyway...

Disclaimer 2: Last four bars of Art Taylor's fours ain't there. Again, it just confused and upset my software too much. 

Disclaimer 3: For Lee Morgan's solo, chorus 14 = chorus 11.

Disclaimer 4: Page 9 is the uncensored version.

Okay, now that that's all over with...enjoy this one. It's from "Introducing Lee Morgan", and between Lee, Hank Mobley, Hank Jones (R-hand only - sorry pianists...), and even some fours by Art Taylor, it's a textbook of mid-50s hardbop vocabulary. Take with meals, use as directed, side effects may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gut-rot...

 



Useful transcribing supplies 

Audacity 

Imports most audio, can slow down up to -99%, can record, can export to mp3, a beautiful thing, especially for free. 

Finale

My notation software of choice, except of course for those messy handwritten jobs... 

Kelly's 

Has a nifty notation program comparison-chart 

CutePDF 

Freeware for converting almost anything to PDF.