jeudi 25 novembre 2010


17/07/2024 : I've created a new section for Thomas Enhco. I've added Letting You Go, more to come (hopefully).
And I've added Je voulais te dire!

04/07/2024 : I wanted to check if the Real Book leadsheet of Pee Wee (from Miles Davis' Sorcerer) was correct (turn out it's ok!), I ended up transcribing the whole tune, including Wayne and Herbie's great solos – I love how he plays with small patterns and silences. (Video)

26/06/2024 : I've realised that I have some Joshua Redman transcriptions, si I've decided to make a new section for him.
You'll find a new one, Faraway from his amazing album Compass.

28/05/2024 : I've transcribed the long piano solo version of Pardi by Pierre de Bethmann. I love this tune, the simplicity of the melody combined with complex rhythms and harmony. I've update the leadsheet, and made a video with this transcription.
I've also updated the complete transcription of Social Call by Gigi Gryce and Art Farmer.
And now for someting totally different: R2 by Bumblefoot! I've made a piano arrangement, sort of, but I don't really think it's playable on piano…

14/05/2024 : Finally, I've finished the transcription of Mary Lou Williams' entire Zodiac Suite! It took me six years of very non consistent work… Here is the last piece, Pisces! I've made a video of it.

29/01/2024 : still working on Mary Lou William's incredible work: Sagittarius, the 9th piece of Mary Lou Williams' Zodiac Suite! I've made a video of it.

23/01/2024 : Scorpio, the 8th piece of Mary Lou Williams' Zodiac Suite! I've made a video of it.
I'm uploading a lot of my previous transcriptions on my Youtube channel, be sure to check it out! I've edited and/or completed some of these transcriptions: Steve Coleman's Ritual, John Lewis's Cherokee and Sun Ra's Enlightenment. I'll probably add more :)

29/12/2023 : From the penultimate concert of Martial Solal, here is an impressive set of variations on 'Round Midnight. He was then 95 years old, and still he has an idea every second, it's absolutely amazing!
It took a while to transcribed, didn't realised when I started it would take so long… I've made a video of this transcription!

mercredi 24 novembre 2010

Pierre de Bethmann

Go (Pierre de Bethmann 4tet, from his 2012 album Go)
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.

On Change (Pierre de Bethmann 4tet, from his 2012 album Go)
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…

Pardi : Leadsheet and transcription (Pierre de Bethmann 4tet, from his 2012 album Go)
Pardi (from Chaud-Froid, 2022) Video Here
Two versions of this tune, a favorite of mine! A simple and beautiful melody is combined with strange chords and odd metrics.

Recall (from At Barloyd's) (simplified leadsheet and video)
Another cool swinging tune with crazy rhythms!

Sicilienne (Pierre de Bethmann trio, 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 (VIDEO)
The Glide Was In The Ride : a groovy bassline, some odd time signatures, a great Geri llen solo: it's make my day !(VIDEO)

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 song, based on a simple but irregular structure that reminds me of Coltrane plus odd measures. I've transcribed the main theme and the first part of the solo.

Marc Copland

From Bookends, with Dave Liebman (2002) :

From the solo album Time Within Time (2004) :
Rivers Run

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…

From At Barloyd's (2018)
Social Call
A fantastic version of one of my favorite standards (leadsheet and transcription of Gigi Gryce's version is here !)
I've made a video of it.

Chick Corea

Armando's Rhumba (Solo piano : Originals)
Impressive solo version of this great tune. 100% complete !

Thomas Enhco

From Feathers (2015):

Letting You Go : transcription, leadsheet and video
A beautiful and moving ballad.

Je voulais te dire : transcription, leadsheet and video
Another beautiful ballad, with a very long theme (more than 2 minutes!)

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...