Bob Mintzer has been one of my favorite tenor saxophone players for as long as I can remember. Around 1986 or so I remember he came to Ithaca College in NY to play with our big band. We worked up a number of Bob Mintzer big band charts and Bob played great during that concert and was such a humble and nice guy to meet.
Since that time I have bought so many recordings of Bob and I have loved his playing and concept through the years. Bob is the perfect fusing of advanced harmonic concepts , time and melody. Not to mention that I have always loved his tenor saxophone tone and phrasing.
A few months ago, I was browsing around Youtube when I saw a video for Bob Mintzer called Blue Bossa. I don’t have any recordings of Bob playing this standard tune so I was curious what it was a clip of. I thought perhaps it was a “live” gig video tape or maybe a masterclass. I clicked on the link and discovered the recording was from a Mintzer album that I never heard of called “Bop Boy”. Somehow, I had missed this CD release…………. Here’s the clip from Youtube. (Hopefully, it will remain up so that you can listen to it in the future)
I decided to transcribe Bob’s solo on this tune but like many things I have intentions to do, it got put in a pile of papers on my desk. Earlier this week, I was cleaning my desk area and found the manuscript paper with the start of the solo. I got a sudden surge of adrenalin and decided to finish the transcription. A couple of hours later and a few cups of coffee and I was done.
i thought I would share this transcription with all of you as I consider this to be a great solo! There are many rhythmic, harmonic and melodic ideas used that are worthy of imitation. I believe most of the transcription is accurate or close to it but I will say that the first bar on the sixth line of the first page almost gave me a nervous breakdown. I’m still not sure if that bar is right but I can’t tell you how many times I rewound that section and found myself yelling at my computer in frustration. ( If you happen to discover any inaccuracies feel free to let me know)
One cool change that I noticed in this recording from the typical changes used is that in the second bar of the tune there is a major 3rd present in the chord. This chord is usually a C minor 7th chord but it sound to me like they are using a C7#9 chord there which I really love the sound of.
I’m making an effort to transcribe a little bit every day so I hope to have more transcription available in the future as well as the ones I have based my video lessons off of. So check back when you have a chance. Thanks, Steve