Max Ionata Ridiculously Great Parole Parole Tenor Saxophone Solo Transcription

I have another treat for all of you!  A couple of weeks ago,  I discovered a new sax player on Facebook who was posting killer transcriptions on Youtube. His name is Dimitrii Sergheev from Moldova.  Dimitrii caught my attention because we seem to have the exact same tastes in great tenor sax solos that need to be transcribed.

I reached out to Dimitrii on Facebook and he happily sent me a bunch of his transcription and gave me permission to post them here on my site.  Please support Dimitrii so that he is encouraged to keep transcribing these great sax solos!!!  You can find him at Dimtrii Sergheev’s Youtube where you can “like” and “follow” his page to keep up to date with his latest transcriptions.  You can also find him on his facebook page as well as hear samples of his sax playing on his soundcloud page.

Max Ionata’s Live Tenor Sax Solo on Parole Parole (starts at 2:06) Also check out the video from 3:30-4:00!!!  I love the energy build up and the part where the singer is singing a Bb for tenor sax and Max goes up to an altissimo A and just holds it against the Bb until finally resolving to the Bb. Amazing!

The second solo transcription to check out from Dimitrii Sergheev is this ridiculously great Max Ionata tenor saxophone solo on Parole Parole from the live Youtube video above of Max performing with the Greta Panettieri Quartet.

I can’t express how great this tenor sax solo is by Max!  It grooves incredibly and the lines are just so hip and soulful. It has that raw energy that you find in a “live” setting where anything can happen and Max nails it!  The band and Greta are smoking as well.  I love the interplay towards the end of the solo where everyone is jamming together while max is soloing!  So much energy!

Below is Dimitrii’s Youtube transcription of the solo so you can hear it while following the transcription at the same time.  Below that is a link where you can download the PDF of this great solo.   Great job Dimitrii and thanks for sharing this great transcription with all of us!!    Steve

Dimitrii Sergheev Transcription of Max Ionata on Parole Parole on Youtube

Max Ionata-Parole Parole Tenor Sax Solo-Bb PDF

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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!!


Approach Note Velocity Volume 1-Major


Approach Note Velocity Volume 2-Minor

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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 Jörg Rüttgers says

    Mind blowing live performance solo of one of the most underrated Sax players these times.
    I totally agree with you, Steve, lots of energy , amazing solo lines of Max and building up tension and resolves. Hope to see and here them live very soon….
    Thx a lot Dimitri for his amazing work and Steve who brings it to us all, always inspiring,
    Thank you very much. Jörg Rüttgers , Swizerland

  2. Avatar Arthur Manchester says

    Steve – Thank you for posting this performance. The whole band sounded great, and needless to say Max’s tenor solo was a highlight. I really got into it and have viewed it a number of times. Thank you again.

    Art Manchester

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