Transcription of Jeff Ellwood’s Solo on Freedom Jazz Dance

Here’s another transcription from the Jeff Ellwood “School of Outness”.  This is from another video of Jeff that I found on Facebook a couple of months ago and put in my transcription folder of cool solos I had to one day transcribe.

The video below is Jeff Ellwood playing a tenor sax solo over “Freedom Jazz Dance” by Eddie Harris.  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 Ellwood

Jeff has quite a unique approach and his lines 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.  Also check out his solo on “Just the Two of Us” which is also on my site.    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 Thanks Jeff!

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Jeff Ellwood soloing on Freedom Jazz Dance
Freedom Jazz Dance-Jeff Ellwood Solo Bb

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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. Avatar Don Stapleson says

    Yeah Man!

  2. Wow what a solo! Thanks for sharing Steve.

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