Month: February 2012

Dolphin Dance – George Coleman’s solo transcription

Hey all – short entry tonight.  Below is a transcription of George Coleman’s solo on Herbie Hancock’s beautiful tune “Dolphin Dance”.  The tune is posted below with the transcription of Freddie’s solo.

Dolphin Dance – Freddie Hubbard’s solo transcription

Below is a transcription of Freddie Hubbard’s solo on “Dolphin Dance” off the brilliant Herbie album Maiden Voyage.  You can look forward to George Coleman and Herbie Hancock’s solos in the near future as well, should all go according to plan.  Well, ’nuff said – enjoy Freddie in all his brilliance.

Jazz in Odd Meters – Standards in 7/4 time

Part two of my “Standards In Odd Meters” posts, featuring my favorite recordings of standards in 7/4 time.

(Check out Part 1 – Standards in 5/4 time!)

Startin’ things off right with Joshua Redman’s version of “Summertime” from the fantastic Timeless Tales (For Changing Times) disc, which features Brad Mehldau on piano, Larry Grenadier on bass and Brian Blade on drums.  I found a live version on YouTube, shown below.  Enjoy!

Next up – Ryan Kisor’s version of “Song For My Father” from his album Donna Lee.   This great album features Sam Yahel on organ, Peter Bernstein on guitar, and Greg Hutchinson on drums.  Well worth a listen.  If the AAB form of the tune didn’t already lead to enough confusion, Kisor takes the “A” sections in seven and the “B” section in 8.  Very interesting.  Check it out on MySpace.

From Kurt Elling’s most recent CD, The Gate, a very cool cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Golden Lady”.  It’s not exactly a jazz standard, but definitely worth mentioning.  Hearing the tune in seven, it just sounds like it was supposed to be written that way.  Like “Song For My Father” it’s not in seven throughout, but it adds a cool effect.  The Gate is a solid album – certainly not my favorite Elling album – but solid nonetheless.

Next up, Brad Mehldau’s ridiculous version of “All The Things You Are” from The Art of the Trio, Vol 4.  Not much to say about this one – completely and totally ridiculous.  Also, a half step higher than the usual key.

From Robert Glasper’s In My Element, a swift version of Sam Rivers’ tune “Beatrice”.  Glasper has also added some interesting reharmonizations to the tune.  Check it out.  (And check out my lead sheet here!)

From Jacky Terrasson’s album Smile, an interesting version of “Parisian Thoroughfare”.  Enjoy!

Jazz in Odd Meters – Standards in 5/4 time

5 is the new 4.  Or is it “7 is the new 4”?  I can never remember.  I’ve been working on odd meters lately, 5/4 and 7/4 in particular, so I thought a list of my favorite odd-metered standards would make a good post.  I’d love to make a post of favorite odd-meter originals, but it would probably be dominated by Dave Holland tunes.

(Check out Part 2 – Standards in 7/4 time)

First off, from the exceptionally talented Esperanza Spaulding is “Body and Soul” (Cuerpo y Alma) in 5/4 time.   It features a fantastic bass riff (which is to be expected with Esperanza) and some great solo work by pianist Leo Genovese.

Next, a really hip version of “Like Someone In Love” also in 5/4 from the Sam Yahel trio (w. Peter Bernstein and Brian Blade).  For those who are unfamiliar with Sam Yahel, he is the organist/keyboardist from Joshua Redman’s burnin’ Elastic Band.  And if you’re unfamiliar with Joshua Redman’s Elastic Band, you need to check them out.  Yahel does the tune in Ab (instead of the traditional Eb) and it opens with a very cool diminished vamp.  Check it out below.

Next up – “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” from one of the masters of the odd meter – Brad Mehldau.  From Art Of The Trio Vol 1, a nice version in 5/4 time.

Check it out here

Next, from great Chicago saxophonist Geof Bradfield, “Con Alma”.  The A sections are in a quick 5/4 and the bridge is in a slower 4.  Taken from the album Urban Nomad which features fantastic Chicago-based pianist Ron Perillo.

Check it out here

Then, on to “So In Love” as played by the masterful Fred Hersch.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a full recording online, but it is from the album Night & The Music.

Here’s the track.

Lastly, check out Jacky Terrasson’s version of “Smile” by the great Charlie Chaplin.  Here’s a live take.


Freddie Freeloader – Wynton Kelly’s piano solo w fingerings

Hello again, all.  Tonight I’m rehashing an old post by adding fingerings.  Of course, it’s probably best to find your own fingerings since everyone has different size/shaped hands, but if anything trips you up, here are some suggested fingerings.  You may notice that the fingerings are heavy on the 1/2/3 and light on the 4/5, since my fourth and fifth fingers are grossly underdeveloped.  Not enough Hanon, I suppose.  Anyway, here it is:

He’s Dead Too – Jerry Bergonzi – Lady Bird contrafact

Below is a transcription of the melody to “He’s Dead Too“, a tune by Jerry Bergonzi.  The tune is a contrafact of Tadd Dameron’s tune “Lady Bird” (see also: “Half Nelson“).  “He’s Dead Too” is from the Alex Riel album “Unriel” which is a pretty solid album, featuring Mike Stern on guitar, Eddie Gomez on bass, Michael Brecker and Jerry Bergonzi alternating on sax, and Niels Lan Doky on piano.  Enjoy!

Oleo – Miles Davis’ solo transcription

Hey again.  Doin’ pretty good this week.  Below is a transcription of Miles Davis’ solo on the rhythm changes tune “Oleo” off the record Bags’ Groove.  This great album features Sonny Rollins on tenor, Horace Silver on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums.  Check it out!