Bob Reynolds Donna Lee Tenor Saxophone Solo Transcription

Here is another transcription of a great tenor saxophone solo by Bob Reynolds over the Charlie Parker tune Donna Lee.  This is a video I discovered on Youtube a number of years ago.  I immediately decided I wanted to transcribe this solo and put it into a folder on my computer entitled “Solos to Transcribe”.  Unfortunately, like many things in my life, this solo didn’t get the transcription attention it deserved from me until recently.

I found some other transcriptions of this solo out there on the internet but as I played through those transcriptions,  I noticed some notes, rhythms and lines that I thought were “not quite right” (in my opinion……) so decided to transcribe this Bob Reynold’s solo on Donna Lee  for myself.

I actually used this transcription for a video lesson on my site called  “Learning a Solo Note for Note Lesson”  which is a 46 minute video lesson here on my site where I take you through my process of memorizing a solo note for note.   I teach you the reasons this is important and talk about what this will do for your playing and what it won’t do for your playing.  I take you step by step through this great solo one phrase at a time explaining what I am doing every step of the way while I work on memorizing Bob’s terrific lines and phrasing. Check it out here if you are interested……….

Hope you enjoy the solo as much as I do.  I pretty much have it memorized after practicing it so much!   Thanks to Bob Reynolds for his great playing on this!

Bob Reynolds-Donna Lee Tenor Sax Solo (solo starts at :45)

Bob Reynolds-Donna Lee Tenor Sax Solo-Bb PDF
Bob Reynolds-Donna Lee Tenor Sax Solo-Concert PDF

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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!!


Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale


Mastering the Dominant Bebop Scale-Book 2

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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. Muy bueno,gracias


    Very good! Thanks!

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