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)

Stéphane Kerecki

Anna –  Focus Danse, with Matthieu Donarier (sax)

RésilienceFocus Danse
Fantastic playing by Matthieu Donarier, great simple groove. Once again it's rather hard to hear on the internet (not aviable on deezer, spotify etc)

Biréli Lagrène

Body and Soul
From the 1992 album Standards. There are only the first 16 bars, but it's still fine.

Brad Mehldau

Live in Marciac :
Lithium - The Nirvana song. This is how you make a piano rock ! (complete)
Dat Dere
Secret Love 
It's Allright With Me
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Live in Tokyo :
Things Behind The Sun
Nick Drake song, Live in Tokyo version + intro of the Live in Marciac version !

50 Ways To Leave Your Lover 
Paul Simon cover, you can find the leadsheet of the wonderful original song here !

Monk's Dream
Obviously an amazing Thelonious Monk cover.

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10 Years Solo Live :
Waltz for JB
And I Love Her (Beatles song)
Knives out  (groovy Radiohead cover)

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Other :

Hey You
A very symphonic rendition of Pink Floyd's classic (from a radio show, see here)

Crazy QuiltModern music, with Kevin Hayes and Patrick Zimmerli
Transcribing a 2 piano stuff is rather hard...

O Que SeraBrad Mehldau trio : Live
I haven't transcribed all the solos, but the main parts are here. Wonderful 2 hands counterpoint in here ! Notice the strange whole-tone modulations : Fm > Gm > Am > Bm > C#m etc.

TheloniousLive at la Villette
Amazing cover of the Thelonious Monk song. Listen to the original here.

Trailer Park Ghost - Elegiac Cycle
Theme and beginnig of the solo

Teardrop – Jazz à Vienne
Massive Attack cover, as seen on Jazz à Vienne 2010 video.


Giovanni Mirabassi

NY #1 - Live at Blue Note Tokyo
Theme only: Great tune.

My Broken Heart - Live at Blue Note Tokyo
Solo and theme. Beautiful Evans-like waltz.

Thelonious Monk

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...

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. 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 got 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 :)

Pop, Rock & Co

Here are some various transcriptions that aren't "jazz", but that can become jazz (in Mehldau's way, for example).
I'll post some simple lead sheets, some stuff with indication of the original arrangement, and some other things I did arrange on my own ! 

The Dø 
Simply some of the greatests songs of the moments, why don't you try and play those ?

From Both ways open jaws : 
Dust if off (with some lyrics !) 
The Wicked and the blind (leadsheet + bass)

From Shake shook shaken : 
Despair hangover & ecstasy (leadsheet) 

Shelter song (arranged for piano) 

Jimi Hendrix 
Freedom (my own arrangement, some parts re-harmonized) 

Blind faith 
A short but great band, with nothing less than Eric Clapton, Steve Windwood, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech. 
Had to cry today (arranged for piano)
Try to improvise in Bozan Z's way on Full Half Moon or Hometown, with strong powerchord in the left hand, some modulations...

Martial Solal

Aigue Marine
A famous Solal theme, as played in trio in 1962

Jazz Frit – (? 1965)
The name of this tune is a joke about free jazz ("frit" and "free" have the same pronunciation in french ; "jazz frit" means "fried jazz")
Solal never really liked free jazz, he likes harmony and rythm too much for that. But it doesn't mean that he can't improvise freely (meaning with a great liberty). Impromptulm is a good example, solos 2, 3 etc of Jazz Frit are another :)

Great tune composed by Martial Solal. Rather complex rhythm inside. Theme + solo (unfinished, but still...)

Piano Solo

A "free" improvisation.

Que reste-t-il de nos amours/I whis you love
Charles Trénet' song, as played by Martial

On green dolphin streetLive at the Village Vanguard
I LOVE Solal's playing. I'm rather suprised to see how close he is from the theme, both melodically and harmonically, and how inventive he is in his way to play standarts.

Lick from Parisian thoroughfare

Art Tatum

Not complete, but well, 4 pages is fine... Great Tatum song.

Henri Texier

From Izlaz (1988)
Idemo : I love Henri Texier. This french double-bassist always writes great melodic themes, and this is one of those.

From An Indian's week (1993)
Mâshala : a Bojan Z tune, as played by Henri Texier.
Laguna Veneta
Amazon Blues Theme and the bass solo
Simone Signoret
Don't buy ivory, anymore !

Baptiste Trotignon

From the 2003 album Solo
The Dream is Gone

Fantastic song, rather hard to play... some nice rythm stuff inside. I believe this transcription is my masterpiece...
You can check out this video to have an idea of how he plays it live. Impressive...

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From the 2005 album Solo II
Como tu me voi – Nice Nino Rota waltz.  
Love me tender – Marvelous cover of the Elvis song. Just the theme.
Home – Another long and beautifulcomposition, starting like a ballad, and moving to a 6/4 ostinato.

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Al admat IsraelFool time, with David el Malek
Nice 7/8 tune.

Sunday the 13thFool time, with David el Malek
Beautiful theme, very inspiring...

Bojan Z

From his solo album Soul Shelter (2012) : 
Sweet Shelter of Mine 
Here we have some serious stuff... The intro/outro is in regular 4/4, the theme is in 5/8. I've notated it in 5+5/8 : for example measure 10, you have two 5/8 bars with the same chord, it seemed easier to read if it was in 5+5/8. It's not that hard if you start to play slowly, counting 3+2+3+2/8.
Then the solo is mainly in 5+4/8... here it gets really tricky. But don't worry, he's making mistakes too :) (measure 76 or 96, he "forgets" a 8th, sometimes he adds one or two...)
Good luck however ! 

Full Half Moon 
Simple and beatiful tune, love the melody on this one. It really develops further than I transcribed (try figure it out yourself !) 
A rather simple tune (it's 4/4, but the 6/4 part can be tricky....), originally played with piano + Fender Rhodes, arranged for a solo piano.

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From Transpacifik (2003) : 
Set It Up 

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From his solo album Solobession (2001) : 
Who's Bob 
The opening tune of the album, based on two chords. Great to warm up :) 
Don't Buy Ivory, Anymore ! 
Beautiful song by Henri Texier, as played by Bojan. 
Multi Don Kulti


Bill Carrothers
In the wee small hours of the morning

Edouard Ferlet
A la suite de Jean 

From Edouard Ferlet's wonderful album Think Bach, in wich he doesn't play Bach but play with Bach. It's based on the famous Prelude from the 1rst cello suite. The theme is really beautiful, and it's followed by a free-improvisation. You can hear another improvisation in this video.

Aaron Goldberg
Theme and solo, from his wonderfu 2015 album The Now.

Gigi Gryce : Social Call
I live this Gigi Gryce song, sweet melody, inspiring harmonics, and beautiful lyrics by Jon Hendricks. This transcription is based on the instrumental version from the 1955 album When Farmer Meets Gryce.
Lead Sheet
Gigi's solo

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

Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh
Topsy - only solos

Michel Portal
Dolce. Theme, from Bailador (2010)

Teddy Wilson & Lester Young
Piano stride is hard but so much fun. I love the 1956 Pres and Teddy album (but who doesn't ?), and most of all Louise.
Louise 1 (only Teddy Wilson's solo)
Louise 2 (with Pres's theme)

Duke Jordan
From his 1975 album Flight to Denmark :
No Problem : transcription and lead sheet

John Lewis
From his fantastic piano solo recording, Evolution (2004)

Stan Getz
I love this ballad, and I love Stan Getz's version :
Here's That Rainy Day - Bb - Eb
Leadsheet - Bb - Eb