Here’s another solo transcription I started working on a few weeks ago. This is 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 advanced harmonic concepts into his lines. This solo is from Bob’s solo on “Invitation” from the CD Bopboy.
This is two chorus solo that starts at 1:12 of the tune. I am sill working on new solos each week and I will add them to the Neffmusic blog as I finish each solo. Thanks, Steve
A few things to think about while looking at and practicing this transcription:
- There are many dominant chords where I notice Mintzer using lines based off the melodic minor scale a half step up. Look at measures 22, 26 and 70. This is a common usage of the melodic minor scale and gives you lines that are also based off the altered scale. For example, on bar 22, F#7 Mintzer is basing his line off of G melodic minor. GABbCDEF#G. This is the same scale as F# altered F#GABbCDEF#.
- Notice how Bob uses a 3 against 4 simple rhythm to make things more interesting in measures 51-53
- Bob uses a lot of 9th’s and 13th’s in his lines and melodic statements. He isn’t always landing on the chord tones. Check out measures 15, 19-20, 25, 41-42, 62-63, 67-68 and 71-72.
- I notice Bob using the B altered scale whenever he gets to the F7(b5) chord. BCDEbFGAB. Of course this could also be a C melodic minor or he is just thinking an F mixolydian scale with a #11. Although, the way the lines are shaped and based around B makes me think B altered. Check out measures 29-30 and 77-78.
That’s about it for now, If you have any other thoughts about this solo please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Thanks again to Bob Mintzer for his great playing and all he does on a daily basis to promote jazz music and education. Now I have to pick another solo to start for next week………….
If you are interested in learning more about the altered scale and sound I have these video lessons on the subject in my Neffmusic Lesson Store:
- Altered Dominant Bebop Scale-Lesson 1
- Altered Dominant Bebop Scale-Lesson 2
- Altered Dominant Substitutions-Lesson 1
- Altered Dominant Substitutions-Lesson 2
- Altered Dominant Substitutions-Lesson 3
- Chord Substitution Lesson 2-The Tritone Lesson
- II-V-I Altered Scale Mastery-Lesson 1
- Minor Chord Substitution Lines Lesson
- Minor ii-7b5-V7b9 Substitution Lesson 1
- The Altered Scale Lesson (Beginner Lesson on the scale)
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