Month: December 2011

Strollin’ – Horace Silver

Hello again.  This is quickly turning into a Horace Silver transcription website – but what can you do, that’s what I’m into right now.  Below is a lead sheet to the Horace Silver tune Strollin’ from the album Horace Scope.  The album features some great trumpet work by the always-fantastic Blue Mitchell.  Check out the whole thing if you get the chance.  Enjoy!

 

Giant Steps – John Coltrane’s Solo

Alright, all, below is my transcription of John Coltrane’s solo on “Giant Steps” – all 11 choruses (but not the two chorus he does after Tommy Flanagan’s solo before going back into the head – sorry, you’ll just have to settle for 11).  This time, it comes with a small amount of analysis.   You’ll notice that Trane relies heavily on pentatonics and arpeggiation  (one has to at such a quick tempo).  As an improviser, I find it very reassuring that Trane repeats several licks, in whole or in part, in numerous places, and he by no means played 176 bars of completely original material at ~300bpm.  Examples of repeated licks can be found:

  • Measures 22-23 = 38-39 = 102-103 = 134-135
  • Measure 41 = 47
  • Measures 18-20 = 50-52 = 66-68 = 114-115
  • Measures 25-27 = 73-75
  • Measures 54-56 = 115-117

This is by no means an inclusive list, just one meant to highlight some patterns that Trane worked out that move very nicely through the changes.  Well, enjoy!