Month: May 2015

Freddie Hubbard – Birdlike solo transcription

Below is a transcription of Freddie Hubbard’s trumpet solo on “Birdlike” as played on the 1961 Freddie Hubbard album “Ready For Freddie.”  Brian Lynch was talking about this solo at a masterclass a few weeks back, particularly about the value of taking the 2nd chorus through all 12 keys since it’s got so much language in it, so I thought I’d rip the solo.  I was struck by how often Freddie uses natural sevenths over dominant seventh chords – lots of E naturals on F7’s and A naturals on Bb7’s.  Enjoy!

The solo is also available in Bb here.

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Round Midnight – Herbie Hancock Reharmonization (sketch)

It’s been too long again – I’ve been busy trying to finish my Master’s.  Almost there!  Below is a transcription of Herbie Hancock’s reharmonization of the Thelonious Monk composition “Round Midnight” from the 1986 film of the same name. It’s not an exact transcription – I was more concerned with Herbie’s harmony and the shapes of his lines than with the exact rhythms/notes.  I also left out the interlude between the head and Herbie’s solo. Enjoy!

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