David Mann’s Tenor Saxophone Robusto Funky Solo Transcription

Here’s another great David Mann transcription that was sent to me from Mark Sepinuck. John Blevins did all the hard work of transcribing this one. He’s braver than I am to tackle the cadenza at the end of this solo………..Thanks for transcribing this John!

David Mann

Here’s a short bio of Dave that I found on the internet:

Fresh out of the New England Conservatory of Music and new on the New York scene, David launched his solo career in the formative days of contemporary Jazz with the popular “Games” (1987) and “Insight” (1989) on the Island/Antilles label. Along with his brother, bassist Ned Mann, came the 1993 release of The Mann Brothers “Mann to Mann” on DMP Records. In 2001, David released “Touch” on N-Coded Music, which showcased his full range of abilities as a composer, producer, programmer, and of course as a saxophonist. Named “one of the best albums of the year” and “debut artist of the year” by Jazztrax, “Touch” finds David in fine company, teaming up with Bob James, Chris Botti, Chuck Loeb and Chieli Minuchi. Along with working on his own albums, David has become an increasingly accomplished composer and producer, working with such artists as Wayman Tisdale, Nelson Rangell, Steve Cole, Kim Waters, Point of Grace, and Rachel Z. In 2001 alone, David scored two #1 NAC singles (with Wayman Tisdale and Steve Cole).

David has performed and recorded with many of the biggest names in music, including Tower of Power (1993-1996), James Taylor, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, Gil Evans, Pat Metheny, Sting, Madonna, Chaka Khan, George Michael, Billy Joel, Lyle Lovett, Bob James, Linda Eder, Liza Minnelli, Patti Austin, Ivan Lins, Michael McDonald, Alicia Keys, Vanessa Williams, Bette Midler, Michael Bolton, Chieli Minucci, Luther Vandross, BB King, Phish, Spyro Gyra, Sergio Mendes, Bobby McFerrin, Leni Stern, Elements, Miles Evans Orchestra, Ricky Martin, Chuck Loeb, Special EFX, Donnie and Marie Osmond, Al Jarraeu, Rob Mathes, Club 1600, Whitney Houston and George Russell. He also can be heard on many TV themes and jingles, including those for Monday Night Football, ABC News Nightline, NBA on TBS, The Early Show with Bryant Gumbel, Later Today, 20/20, 48 Hours and Super Bowl XXIV on ABC. Movie credits include “Lucky Numbers,” “Any Given Sunday,” “Shaft 2,” “The Mask” and “Scrooged.” David has performed as a soloist with the Boston Pops and the National Symphony and has toured extensively throughout the world.


David Mann Robusto Funky Solo Bb

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David Mann is using the 10mFan Robusto hard rubber tenor mouthpiece on this clip.  I think he sounds amazing on this mouthpiece.  It’s the perfect blend of a full fat tenor sound mixed with some edge and brightness to give a modern sound to his tone.  The mouthpiece doesn’t sound thin or too edgy at all to my ears but perfect when Dave is playing it……….

If you are interested in the Robusto mouthpiece you can contact  Mark Sepinuck on his website at 10mfan.com.  Mark is a great guy to deal with and can steer you in the right direction.  Thanks again to John Blevins who transcribed this one.    Steve

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  1. Avatar John Blevins says

    Hi Dave,
    What a great website! I have all you books and use them frequently. Good for me at my age of 65! I am a retired music teacher from Columbus, Ohio. I hadn’t visited your site in a while but was going through the transcriptions when I noticed one that I did for Mark Sepinuck. I had purchased the Robusto 8* tenor mp when I decided to transcribe David’s Funky Solo for Mark. Boy, was I surprised! Nice to see the piece on your site. I dabble in transcriptions from time to time and have a few others if you are interested.

    Wilton Felder- Street Life (Tenor)
    Bob Mintzer- My Romance from Spectrum (Tenor)
    Bob Mintzer- New Rochelle from Latin From Manhattan (Tenor)
    Bob Rossburg- Happy Song from Bob Mintzer from Latin From Manhattan (Bari)
    Dick Oates- Sweet Winds of Change from Flim and the BB’s Tricycle (Alto)

    I also have a transcription from Steve Kortyka back in 2010 on Our Day Will Come. This is before he went to New York and teamed up with Brian Newman, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. Steve is a friend of mine and I could not happier for him. A Great Sax player and wonderful person!

    If you are interested in obtaining these transcriptions and recordings just let me know the easiest way to send them to you. They are all in PDF and Sibelius Format. The recordings are MP3.

    Thanks, again for posting my transcription!

    Best Regards,
    John Blevins

    • John, Sent you an email. Can’t wait to check out your other transcriptions! Thanks for the offer. I’ll share them on the site when I get them………..Thanks, Steve

  2. Avatar john serio says

    Your website has given me so much new material to work with. You are a fantastic teacher and player! How very nice of you to provide free transcriptions and lessons videos . Best saxophone website on the planet. I purchased two of your publications and I have my eyes on another.
    With much gratitude,
    John Serio

    • Thanks John! Glad you like the site and are getting a lot out of it. If you ever have any questions about anything feel free to let me know. Steve

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