A couple of months ago I received an email asking me if I could transcribe Dexter Gordon’s solo on “You Stepped Out of a Dream” from the Youtube video below with Dexter Gordon and Oscar Peterson. I clicked on the video and agreed with the person that sent the email that this was an amazing solo that should be transcribed.
If you don’t know who Dexter Gordon is, he was an iconic tenor saxophone player who was one of the first to play bebop on the tenor saxophone. He had a unique sound and tone that was all his own. Most tenor player’s can pick out Dexter Gordon’s playing with just a few measure of playing. He had a fat, full and robust tenor saxophone tone and had a way of laying back on the beat that was ridiculously cool!
This is a great solo with some incredible lines and those iconic “Dexter”melodic cliches that are well worth learning. Trust me, if you want to improve your jazz feel, the best thing you can do is to listen to and play along with Dexter Gordon. He swings like no other!!!! Enjoy!
You Stepped Out of a Dream-Dexter Gordon and Oscar Peterson (solo starts at 22:30 mark)
You’ve Stepped Out of a Dream-Dexter Gordon Solo Clip
PS. I’d love to hear what you think of this great Dexter solo in the comments below!
If you love these type of solo lines, be sure to check out my PDF books Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale and Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale-Book 2, which both include a ton of jazz vocabulary that I have written out in all 12 keys. These lines are the foundation to building a great jazz vocabulary!!