Here is another swingin’ solo by the great tenor saxophone player from Italy, Max Ionata. I absolutely love this solo and have probably listened to it a hundred times over the last few days while transcribing it. Max Ionata plays with a perfect blend of hip jazz lines, crazy technique, a swingin’ time feel and a melodic concept that is so easy to listen to.
I have posted another transcription of “But Not for Me” and Home At Last in the past as well as a solo of his on a minor blues with Dave O’Higgins. If you don’t know his playing, please check out these recordings and Youtube videos of his. Max Ionata has a tenor sax tone from heaven in my opinion and his jazz playing is equally as beautiful. His tone is lush, dark and full of character and his fast lines are smooth as butter.
Max Ionata’s Inspiration CD
The tune is “You’re Driving Me Crazy” by Walter Donaldson. I was unfamiliar with this standard but I found the music to in Volume III of The Real Book by Hal Leonard (although it is in a different key). Max is performing with the Francesca Tandoi Trio.
Hope you enjoy the solo! Thanks to Max Ionata for his incredible tenor sax playing that always brings a smile to my face! Do yourself a favor and check out Max Ionata’s website as well! If you appreciate the solo and Max Ionata’s playing please feel free to say so in the comments below……….. Thanks, Steve
Max Ionata Tenor Sax Solo-You’re Driving Me Crazy (starts at 1:03)
If you love these type of solo lines, be sure to check out my PDF books “Approach Note Velocity Volume 1-Major” “Approach Note Velocity Volume 2-Minor“, which includes hundreds of approach note lines over major and minor chords that I have written out in all 12 keys. These lines are the foundation to building a great jazz vocabulary!!