jeudi 25 novembre 2010


12-07-18 : another Mary Lou Williams' tune : Fifth dimension, a blues based on a great riff ! And a nice waltz by Armel Dupas, Petite Bretonne.

09-07-18 : I have some new transcriptions to share : Nines by Dan Tepfer, from his duet album with Ben Wendel ; the leadsheet of Chronos by James Farm ; and n°5 of Mary Lou Williams' Zodiac Suite Leo !

29-04-18 : a new Brad Mehldau transcription : Always August, from Nearness, with Joshua Redman. You can find the leadsheet here !

31-03-18 : and here is Aries from Mary Lou Williams' Zodiac Suite !

17-03-18 : and here is Libra from Mary Lou Williams' Zodiac Suite !

07-03-18 : my work on from Mary Lou Williams' Zodiac Suite continues with n° 6 : Virgo !

28-02-18 : here is another one from Mary Lou Williams' Zodiac Suite : Cancer !

28-02-18 : and here is Gemini from Mary Lou Williams' Zodiac Suite !

27-02-18 : hey, I've discovered the great pianist, composer and arranger Mary Lou Williams and fell in love with her music, especially her amazing Zodiac Suite.
I'll try to transcribe some large extracts of this suite, here is the second movement Taurus (see here for more details).

12-02-18 : some new Steve Coleman transcriptions : Wights Waits For Weights and The Glide Was In The Ride from Motherland Pulse ; and Nine to Five from On the Edge of Tomorrow.

09-02-18 : Try To Catch Me, a Jacky Terrasson tune, alternating an atonal riff and a fun latin-feel part !

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 !

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 : Leadsheet and transcription
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 Motherland Pulse (1985)
Wights Waits For Weights
The Glide Was In The Ride

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

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

Thelonious Monk is a genius. And he's an interresting pianist, with some real interresting licks, and an amazing tempo. Good luck for playing this, it's really not that easy – especially if you try to sound like him : it's nearly impossible...

From the fabulous solo Paris 1954 recording :
Well you needn't
Off Minor
On this last one, I love how simple most of his chords are (exept for the Bb7/D7 endings), and how swingy they sound. For the D7 chord (meas. 7 for example) you can use you left hand to play le high C.
Notice measure 63, when he makes a lick in a 12/8 time over 4/4.

From Solo Monk (1964) :
Sweet and Lovely

From Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants (1959) :
The Man I Love
The story of this recording is famous : Miles and Monk didn't get along that well. Some even say they fought, but I don't believe skinny 59' Miles would ever fight Thelonious « the mountain » Monk – nobody would. Anyway, in this tune, Monk plays a strange solo, fooling around the theme melody, with a lot of silence. And then, he stops playing, for an eternity (mes. 29 to 40). Miles enters (mes. 39), as if he were saying « what the hell are you doing, are you lost ? ». Then Monk swings like hell, saying « I'm not lost at all, damn you ». A fun moment, also fun to transcribe :)

Laurent Coq

From Live at Duc des Lombards, with David el Malek and Olivier Zanot
Act up
Piece for 2 saxophones and piano.
Act up - Solo 1
Still incomplete, but...

Chick Corea

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

Bill Evans

IsraelExplorations (1961)
Wonderful version of this minor blues.

The two lonely peopleAlone (1968)
This song is on the bonus version of the album. It's a work-in-progress version : each song of the "official" record is made of different recordings edited together. The two lonely people is one take, in-progress, 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...

Tigran Hamasyan

Two transcriptions from his solo album A Fable :
Someday my prince will come
The Spinners