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Transcribe the Music in Your Head

POSTED ON September 02, 2016   |   2 Comments

Your next creative breakthrough may be all in your head.

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Transcription: Mingus’s Hora Decubitus

POSTED ON August 26, 2016   |   Post A Comment

“Hora Decubitus” (a.k.a.”E’s Flat Ah’s Flat Too”) comes from my favorite Charles Mingus record, Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus from 1963. The tune is a E-flat minor blues with a harmonic twist. Each chorus of the melody adds a new layer of counterpoint. I love to teach this tune by ear in my large group improvisation workshops. Below is my transcription of the horn parts. Enjoy!

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Transcription: Kary’s Trance

POSTED ON April 13, 2016   |   Post A Comment

Lee Konitz’s brilliant composition “Kary’s Trance” is based on the harmony of Jack Lawrences’s  “Play, Fiddle, Play.” I transcribed the arrangement from Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz’s Live At The Club Montmartre Vol. 2 for my album Center Song. This version features disorienting counterpoint on the bridge and a modulation from A minor to Bb minor for the solos. Enjoy the charts.

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Transcription: Everybody’s Song But My Own

POSTED ON March 27, 2016   |   Post A Comment

Kenny Wheeler’s haunting waltz “Everybody’s Song But My Own” deserves to be a session standard. The propulsive vamp, memorable melody, and impressionistic harmony create a beautifully crafted piece. Most of the charts floating around are riddled with errors, so I’m sharing my chart based on Kenny’s manuscript and his recording from Flutter By, Butterfly:

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