John Coltrane

Trane’s Blues – Miles Davis’s Solo transcription

Transcription of Miles Davis’s solo on John Coltrane’s Bb Blues tune “Trane’s Blues” as played on “Workin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet”

Hear it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjA1CD2E89M

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Blues By Five – Miles Davis’s Solo

Transcription of Miles Davis’s Solo on Red Garland’s Bb Blues Tune “Blues By Five” off the record “Cookin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet”.  Fantastic album featuring Miles’s “first great quintet” of John Coltrane, Red Garland, Philly Joe Jones, and Paul Chambers.

Hear it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXlNo5OQuO4

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!

 

Body and Soul – John Coltrane reharmonization

Below is my transcription of John Coltrane’s reharmonization of “Body and Soul” off the album Coltrane’s Sound.  Easily one of my favorite Coltrane albums, Coltrane’s Sound also features fantastic tunes like “26-2” (Trane changes over Charlie Parker’s tune “Confirmation”), “Satellite” (Trane changes over “How High The Moon”), “Equinox”, and the great ballad “Central Park West.”  In order to keep the lead sheet to 1 page, the tune stops at the end of the bridge – the last A section has the same changes as the first A, so I figure it’s redundant to include the last A section if it makes the lead sheet spill over into another page.