Bob Mintzer Solo Transcription – You and the Night and the Music

Mintzer

Here’s a solo transcription I started working on this week.   This is another solo from one of my favorite tenor sax players, Bob Mintzer.   I love Bob’s playing because it is so melodic and thematic.   He always plays ideas that you can grasp on to and that are catchy, yet he mixes in some pretty hip and Read More…

Joel Frahm “All the Things You Are” Tenor Sax Transcription

Here’s another solo by another great tenor saxophone player and incredibly nice guy, Joel Frahm.  Joel has commented on neffmusic.com quite a few times over the years and his passion for everything to do with the saxophone is very obvious. (I imagine we could spend a few hours in a bar talking about mouthpieces very easily……..) Read More…

Chad Lefkowitz-Brown transcription of Tenor Sax Dexterity Solo

Today I am sharing a transposed part to a solo transcription done by Joey Lieber (pianist).  Joey shared this tenor saxophone transcription on Facebook in C last week and I wanted to transpose it to Bb for tenor saxophone ASAP as this was a very cool solo…….. This transcription is of a solo that Chad Lefkowitz-Brown Read More…

Jesse Davis Transcription-Cherokee Solo

Here’s another great bop solo by one of my favorite alto players “Jesse Davis”.  Jesse has one of the best alto sounds I have heard and I love how he can incorporate killer bebop lines and phrases with a bluesy feel and sound. (Another master of this technique was without a doubt Cannonball) Here’s a Read More…

Free Video Lesson on Approach Note Velocity Book

Approach Cover

I decided to offer a free video lesson on my book “Approach Note Velocity Volume 1 & 2” for everyone. I have sold many of these books over the years and really want to make sure that everyone is getting the most out of them that they can.  You can consider this an  “overview” lesson on Read More…

Ken Okutsu Traditional Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am reviewing my third hard rubber tenor saxophone mouthpiece from Ken Okutsu in Japan. It is the Traditional model and has a 7 tip opening which is .104. ( I call it a 7* tip in the recordings below because .104 is close to the traditional 7* size).   I already reviewed my first two Okutsu mouthpiece Read More…

Ken Okutsu Traditional II Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Today, I am reviewing my second hard rubber tenor saxophone mouthpiece from Ken Okutsu in Japan. It is the Traditional II model and has a 7 tip opening which is .104. ( I call it a 7* tip in the recordings below because .104 is close to the traditional 7* size).  I hadn’t heard of Ken Okutsu before but Read More…

RS Berkeley Chris Potter Legends Series Tenor Sax Mouthpiece

Today, I am reviewing another RS Berkeley Legends Series tenor saxophone mouthpiece that was sent to me by Les Silver at RS Berkeley.  RS Berkeley has come up with the revolutionary idea of trying to find mouthpieces that were played and loved by jazz legends (deceased and still living)………and then copying them exactly so that Read More…

10mFan Robusto Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

Mark Sepinuck, 10mFan as he is known in the saxophone world, has been selling high end vintage saxophone mouthpieces on Ebay for years. Whether it be vintage New York Meyers, Double Ring Otto Links or handmade Guardala mouthpieces…………Mark has had them all and sold them all. I met Mark years ago on ebay when I Read More…

AM Mouthpieces “The Aras” Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Review

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Today, I am reviewing a new tenor saxophone mouthpiece made by Arnold Montgomery of AM Mouthpieces. It is “The Aras” model and has an 8 tip opening.  I hadn’t heard of Arnold Montgomery before but he emailed me asking if I would be willing to review his “The Aras” mouthpiece.  He hinted that there was something unique about it that he was getting Read More…

Michael Brecker Transcription-A Night in Tunisia-Chaka Kahn

For this week’s new transcription I have been working on a solo by Michael Brecker over “A Night in Tunisia”. This is from a video on Youtube of Chaka Kahn performing a great version of this tune in 1981. I just discovered this Youtube video last week when someone posted it on Facebook. I must have watched Brecker’s solo 20 times in Read More…

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