Michael Brecker “Mellow Minor” Tenor Saxophone Solo Transcription

Here is another great solo transcription of Michael Brecker on the McCoy Tyner tune “Mellow Minor” from the album “Infinity”.  This has been on my transcription list for many years now and this morning I thought I would hammer away at it and finally finish it.

I remember when this album came out, I was so excited to get home and listen to it!  I listened to it over and over for weeks. I was even lucky enough to see Michael Brecker perform with McCoy at the Regattabar in Boston soon afterwards.  The friends I was with wanted to meet Michael after the show and I remember being so nervous and not wanting to bother him.  My friends walked right up to him and started talking.  I could barely speak.  I remember Michael looking tired but he was so nice and talked to us for a few minutes while packing up. I’m glad I got a chance to meet him…….

 

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McCoy Tyner and Michael Brecker 

This is a great solo to analyze to see some of the concepts Michael Brecker would use on a D minor tonality.  I love how Brecker mixes the D blues scale up with lines that outline the chord changes.  It’s a seamless transition back and forth and gives the solo a great cohesion.  I also love the 16th note runs. Classic Brecker!

Hope you enjoy the solo!  Thanks to Michael Brecker for the solo and McCoy Tyner for writing this great tune!  We miss you Michael Brecker and think of you often……..

Michael Brecker Solo on Mellow Minor-Bb PDF
Michael Brecker Solo on Mellow Minor-C PDF

Michael Brecker’s Solo on Mellow Minor from the McCoy Tyner Album Infinity (Solo starts at 2:47)

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Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 25 years. He is the author of many effective jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site Neffmusic.com.

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