Bob Malach Solo Transcription from Ishimori Demo Video

Here’s another transcription that I worked on this week.  This is from a video that Bob Malach put out on Youtube about Ishimori products.  Bob talks for the first part of the video about his Ishimori ligature, neck, screws and thumbrest. On the second half of the video he plays a nice funky solo over a Blues in C which I have transcribed for you.
Bob Malach has been one of my favorite tenor player’s for years now.  I remember first hearing him years ago and thinking he had that perfect blend of  “funky bluesy” sax player mixed with cool modern jazz lines.  His tone leans to the brighter side of the spectrum in my opinion but it still has that Otto Link core sound in my opinion.  Bob’s lines are sophisticated harmonically and rhythmically yet he conveys a lot of emotion and feeling in his playing which is a rare combination.


I hope you enjoy this and please check out any or all of Bob Malach’s recordings if you get a chance……….

Let me know what you think in the comments below………

Bob Malach-Ishimori Demo Solo Transcription

If you like the lines in this solo or love other tenor players like Michael Brecker or Bob Berg, check out my book  “Devastating Minor Lines for Jazz and Funk Soloing”.  It contains 100 killer modern 16th note lines in the styles of these players in all 12 keys………You can hear samples and read reviews by clicking on the link below.   Thanks,     Steve

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Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 30 years. He is the author of many effective jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site


  1. Nice, I first heard of him waaaaay back on the first couple Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes albums. 😉 Love his solo on Love on the Wrong Side of Town from back then, one of the first I learned.

  2. Bill, I never heard of those recordings. I’ll have to check them out…………. Does he play on every tune or just a couple?

  3. Awesome Steve! Did you know he plays this exact lick during his solo on “The Philly Blues” off the album The Searcher? I was listening to it the other day and had a deja vu moment. Thanks again!

  4. Oops, I’m sorry… I meant he plays it on “Jody Grind” from After Hours Vol.2 My Mistake!

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