Lead Sheet

Tonality of Atonement – Lead Sheet and Kenny Kirkland solo transcription

Below is a lead sheet for the Kenny Kirkland original “Tonality of Atonement” and transcription of Kirkland’s solo as played on the 1991 Charles Fambrough album “The Proper Angle”.  I was not able to find a recording online, but it’s worth purchasing for this track alone.

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Channeling – Jerry Bergonzi Alone Together contrafact

This is a lead sheet to Jerry Bergonzi’s tune “Channeling” which is a contrafact to the jazz standard “Alone Together”.  I took this off Alex Riel’s CD “UnRiel” and you can hear the tune here.  Bergonzi has also recorded it on the album “Wiggy”.

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!

Joy Spring – Clifford Brown trumpet solo transcription

Hi all!  Welcome back to another semi-annual update.  Wish I could do this more often but I just need to find the time, I guess.   Oh, and I finally updated to a new version of Finale PrintMusic – still getting used to the new handwritten font.  I really liked the jazz font but this may turn out to be a little more legible.  Below is a transcription of Clifford Brown’s solo on “Joy Spring” from the fantastic album Clifford Brown and Max Roach.   Not sure why they used a picture of Miles on the video…  But anyway,  enjoy!

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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!