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……….
I grabbed some coffee and went straight up to my office and started transcribing. I had a long list of stuff I was suppose to do today but I had to transcribe this first!
The video below is Jeff Ellwood playing a tenor sax solo over “Just the Two of Us” by Bill Withers. Jeff is the Jazz Saxophone Professor at Cal State Fullerton. He posts quite regularly in the group “Jam of the Week” on Facebook. Seeing a post by him usually makes me stop whatever I’m doing and check it out!
Jeff has quite a unique approach and I guarantee that you have never heard a solo like this over “Just the Two of Us”. Some of you who like “by the book” solos that dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s might not like this as much because it is “too outside” for you perhaps but I love it! Jeff takes some extreme liberties with his lines that make you wonder “Where the heck is this going?” and “Will this ever resolve?” but rest assured Jeff does almost always resolve. (It just might not be where you think it should be…….)
I personally love Jeff Ellwood’s playing! At my age it is refreshing to hear someone solo and not know where it’s going or even what the heck he is doing at times! That’s why I had to transcribe it?
Check out the video below and the transcription. I wrote it all out and I still don’t know what he was doing or thinking at times! Enjoy!
If you want to check out more of Jeff Ellwood and some of his transcriptions and books you can read more about him at www.jeffellwood.net. Thanks Jeff!
Jeff Ellwood soloing on Just the Two of Us from Instagram