Transcription of Jeff Ellwood’s Solo on Just the Two of Us

Here’s another transcription I am excited about sharing with everyone.  I found the video on Facebook this morning and proceeded to play it over and over until my wife got annoyed at me and said “Steve, it is 6:30 in the morning!  What are you doing?”  “Sorry, honey.” I replied.  That was how my day started………. Read More…

Chris Potter Transcription of Cherokee in 10 Keys

So check this out!  About 10 days ago,  I was on SOTW (Sax on the Web)  looking through various posts about saxophone stuff when I ran across a post by a recent member from Spain I didn’t know named”ffjay” that read: Hi all! Guess you’d listen one of the stunning Chris Potter’s solo playing Cherokee in Read More…

Danny Walsh Transcription of Solo on “One for Rich”

Here’s another great solo transcription from a Youtube video that I started working on a few days ago.   My tenor was getting overhauled so I thought I would take a stab at an alto solo while it was in the shop.  This is from the great sax player, Danny Walsh and is a solo he played with the Ball  State Read More…

Michael Brecker Solo Transcription-Recorda Me

For this week’s new transcription, I am posting the first 5 choruses of a transcription that Igor Tomanoski sent me this week.  This is Michael Brecker soloing over Recorda Me with Steps Ahead in the 80’s. This is from a Youtube video that I first heard a few years ago.  This is just classic “tearing it up” Brecker!! Read More…

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

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…

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…

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…

Three Michael Brecker Transcriptions on Four Chords by Steps Ahead

We are in for a treat today!  I contacted Rick Margitza (a great tenor saxophone player) on facebook the other day and asked if I could share his two transcriptions of Michael Brecker’s solos from two Steps Ahead bootlegs of Four Chords.  I came up with the idea of placing these two transcriptions along side my Read More…

Donny McCaslin Blues Solo in 6ths Tenor Sax Transcription

Here’s another solo transcriptions I started working on yesterday. This is from a clinic recording of Donny McCaslin demonstrating using sixth intervals while improvising over a standard blues on the tenor saxophone.  I have no idea what this is from or even where I got it but it must have been on the internet somewhere.  I tried Read More…

David Mann’s Tenor Saxophone Solo-Sun Down Transcription

Here’s another great David Mann transcription from a Bb Blues that was sent to me from Igor Tomanoski.  This is a solo that Dave played on the tune Sun Down.  I made a few minor additions and changes to the transcription of some notes and rhythms I heard.  This solo is another great example of Read More…

Tony Dagradi Tenor Saxophone Solo Transcription on Invitation

So this week I wanted to keep to my transcription goal but things have been a bit hectic around here.  I was playing a Benjamin Allen Tony Dagradi model tenor mouthpiece most of today while I was practicing and it reminded me of a Tony Dagradi solo on Invitation that I had heard a while Read More…

Michael Brecker Transcription-Blue Bossa 1985

Happy Holidays Everyone!!    Here’s another new transcription I have been working on. It’s Christmas Eve, the wife and kids are in bed, the presents are under the tree, not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse, when down from Steve’s office arose such a clatter, the sound of Michael Brecker……that was the matter………. This is Read More…

Great Transcription of George Coleman over Cherokee Changes

Here’s a burnin’ tenor saxophone solo from the great George Coleman.  This is from the album “Amsterdam After Dark”.  It is from the tune “Apache Dance” which has a solo section over the changes of “Cherokee”.  I was actually given this solo transcription by a teacher at Berklee  almost 30 years ago.   (I think it Read More…

Scott Hamilton & Harry Allen Blues Up and Down Transcription

Here’s another great solo transcription from one of my favorite recordings.  This is a fast blues called “Blues Up & Down” and is from the CD entitled “Heavy Juice”.  This CD features Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen both on the tenor saxophone.  Both of these great musicians swing like crazy on this album.  This is a recording I would Read More…

Danny Walsh Chameleon Tenor Saxophone Solo Transcription

Here’s another great solo transcription from a Youtube video that I started working on a few days ago.   This is from another terrific tenor sax player, Danny Walsh.   I believe Danny went to Berklee College of Music and left shorty before I got there in the mid 80’s.  I’m not sure I have ever heard him live although the Read More…

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