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“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!
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.
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: