Chris Potter’s Incredible Scrapple from the Apple Tenor Saxophone Solo Transcription

Here is another great tenor saxophone solo by the always amazing, Chris Potter. If you are a tenor sax player, you probably know who Chris Potter is.  I first heard of him during the early 2000’s when a fellow musician told me about Chris’s amazing sax playing.   I have been listening to him ever since……..

Chris Potter

Chris Potter is known for his amazing technique, rhythmic complexity and advanced harmonic concepts and lines.  His improvised solos are always creative and on the cutting edge of exploring interesting new harmonic and rhythmic frontiers in my mind.   His tenor sax solo here on Scrapple from the Apple is no exception, he just kills it.

This is an acapella tenor saxophone solo of Scrapple from the Apple by Charlie Parker from the Liceu Conservatory Masterclass in Barcelona on October 23rd, 2021.   This a great tenor sax solo on this classic jazz standard.

When I first heard it, I thought that transcribing it would be pretty difficult and it was.  I was astounded as I wrote out the solo that Chris stuck pretty darn close to that 4/4 time signature.   My first couple of listens through the solo, I thought that this solo would for sure have some odd meter stuff in it even if Chris didn’t do it on purpose.  It just seemed like he was messing around with the time too much for him to keep that 4/4 beat perfect.   Boy, was I wrong.  When the transcription was finally done, from beginning to end, it had four beats per measure and the form was absolutely perfect.  I don’t know how he does it!  Amazing!

Special thanks, as always, to Chris Potter for all of his contributions to jazz music and the saxophone.  You can check out Chris Potter’s website to see what he is up to and what new recordings he has coming out.  I also must add that I am totally digging his tenor saxophone sound more and more on what I am assuming is a vintage metal Otto Link tenor mouthpiece.  Love it!

Chris Potter’s Incredible Scrapple from the Apple Solo Tenor Saxophone Transcription-Bb PDF

Chris Potter’s Incredible Scrapple from the Apple Solo Tenor Saxophone Transcription-Concert Key PDF

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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 Marty Rawlens says

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    • Hi Marty, Right now I just have this PayPal link. I will have to figure out another way to do it with my store maybe where people can contribute using a debit card or credit card. I’ll have to figure that out. I appreciate you responding. I got the idea because I spent two whole days on this transcription and my wife was like “Great job! How much money does one of those make?” “Nothing”,I replied, “I give them away for free….” At that point, I thought about trying the support thing…… It means a lot that you responded. Thanks, Steve

    • Hey Marty, I set up a store page for “support” that accepts debit and credit cards here. Thanks!

      • Avatar marty rawlens says

        Ah great that makes it easier. just five bucks from everyone who benefits from your work is enough to make you feel appropriately acknowledged and hopefully rich!!!!!

        • Haha! Thanks Marty. Not looking to retire but just recoup some of the website costs for the month. Every little bit helps. Thanks for your support! Steve

  2. Avatar Bob Rockwell says

    Hi Steve;
    I also will not use PayPal. If I can use a debit card I will.
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    I am not sure if this will be a multiple post as every time I try to send it say’s ‘slow down you are posting too fast!’…but…happy to contribute via Paypal Steve, you are well worth it!

  5. Hello Steve,
    thanks a lot for your transcriptions – much appreciated 🙂
    Good idea to open a possibility to support your work, I just used it.
    Take care

    • Thanks Ulrich! I appreciate the support! It makes me more excited about spending my time transcribing solos and sharing them with all of you. Steve

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