jeudi 25 novembre 2010


15-01-18 : we begin this new year with a ballad, Here's that Rainy Day, as played by
                 Stan Getz ! I made a leadsheet with the nice chords he uses
                 check here if you need the Bb/Eb sax version !

29-12-17 : time to swing again with Duke Jordan : a complete transcription of
                 No Problem, and the lead sheet.

27-12-17 : a beautiful tune by Martial Solal called Aigue Marine, and, in a very different
                 style, a fantastic arrangement of Cherokee by John Lewis !

30-11-17 : time to swing with Duke Jordan's version of Jordu !

26-11-17 : a new Marc Copland transcription : River's Run (from Time within time, 2004)
                 and an unfinished version of Brad Mehldau's Paris.

mercredi 24 novembre 2010

Pierre de Bethmann

Pierre de Bethmann 4tet, songs from his 2012 album Go :
On Change
This tune is, like many other Bethmann's compositions, really complex and hard to play. I've notated the theme in 7/4 6/4 7/4 5/4, you could write it in 13/4 - 12/4 or another strange thing, it seemed right to me this way...

Another complex tune in 5/4 and 3/4. You can find the leadsheet (and some samples) on his website. The solo is uncomplete, but you can have a good idea of how Bethmann approachs this tune. 

Pardi : lead sheet version / detailled version
Same here : beautiful song, strange chords and odd metrics.

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Pierre de Bethmann trio, songs from his 2015 album Essais, vol 1 : 
Based on Gabrie Fauré's song for cello and piano

Stefano Bollani

Theme only.

Guillaume de Chassy

From his amazing Piano Solo album :
Valse Dombelle
Slava, based on Prokofiev's first violin concerto. Impressive, beautiful, worth checking !

Steve Coleman

From On the Edge of Tomorrow (1986)
Little one I'll miss you
Theme of this beautiful song, as sung by Cassandra Wilson.

From On the Rising of th 64 Paths (2002)
Round Midnight
Beautiful live version of this marvellous song that you can find on a bonus track of the On the Rising of th 64 Paths album. Sax and guitar version.

From Weaving symbolics (2006)
Ritual trio (earth)
Fantastic mystic song, based on a simple but irregular structure (that makes it complicated...) Main theme and beginnig of the solo (2:50). Score in Eb and C.

Marc Copland

From Bookends (2002), with David Liebman

From Time within time (2004)
River's Run

Laurent Coq

Act upLive at Duc des Lombards, with David el Malek & Olivier Zanot
Piece for 2 saxophones & piano.

Actu up - Solo 1Live at Duc des Lombards
Still incomplete, but...

Chick Corea

Armando's RhumbaSolo piano : Originals
Impressive solo version of this great tune. 100% complete...

Bill Evans

The two lonely peopleAlone
This song is on the bonus version of the album. It was a work-in-progress version : each song of the "official" record is made of different recordings edited together. The two lonely people is only one single sound recording, and wasn't meant to be heard like this, and yet it's really interesting – and beautiful.
I've transcribed the theme and the first solo, and they're just perfect.
The second solo is really different : it seems that Evans was throwing up ideas for and edited version. Then he just dashes the theme...

IsraelHaunted heart
Wonderful version of this minor blues.

Yaron Herman

Libera MeVariations
Wonderful version of this Fauré piece (from his Requiem)