[Dixielandjazz] Transcribing Solos
bhaesler at bigpond.net.au
Tue Sep 26 16:52:01 PDT 2006
> Craig I. Johnson at civanj at adelphia.net wrote: (polite snip)
>> I love Louis' ability at times to really swing with a paucity of notes. Far
> better than other, frequently more "modern" > players who overwhelm their
> solos with far too many notes Practicing his solos has improved my own
> ideas of how
>> fewer notes do the trick.
> Not only that, but Louis' ability to swing from his earliest recorded works
> even when the band doesn't. Note how he varies his own "time" with
> instrumental and vocal passages. That is hard to write out, but easy to
> "hear". That time variation is an integral part of swinging (IMO) and a
> reason a band needs a metronome rhythm section like the one Basie had. They
> enable the other players to play around the beat which creates swing if done
> in that relaxed manner Artie Shaw spoke about.
>> Bix Beiderbecke ( and for that matter, early Red Nichols) included fairly
> intellectual things in his (their) solos --
>> especially Bix's use of advancedharmony and 12-tone scales. These are useful
> for me to expand my concepts of
>> what fits harmonically, though I may never repeat what I play of his actual
> solos in tunes he recorded, yet it allows
>> me a Bixish interpretation of my own. (Exception: I'll play I'm Coming
> Virginia close to what he did - I concicer it a
>> beautiful interpretation (besides my trumpet teacher taught it to me as the
> very first jazz-style song/solo that i ever
>> played. That man "Dick Naylor" used as his theme song Bunny Berigan's "I
> Get Started" complete with the
>> high ending note at the end. I never ceased to be thrilled hearing that from
> either him or Berigan. - It kills me that I
>> can reliably play the note right below it, but can never count on my hitting
> that one reliably more than once it 15
>> tries. That in itself is worth practicing his solo.
> And regarding "I Can't Get Started"; You might listen to Dizzy Gillespie's
record of it.. Stunning and, according to its composer, his favorite version.
Certainly some interesting comparisons to be made there.<
If you mean the version made in New York on 9 Jan 1945 for Epic with
Dizzy Gillespie, t; Trummy Young, tb; Don Byas, ts; Clyde Hart, p; Oscar
Pettiford, sb; Shelly Manne, d; then I have to agree with you.
Based on your comment I dug it out for another, long overdue, listen.
Playing it now.
I'd almost forgotten about it.
But which composer?
Vernon Duke, music or Ira Gershwin, lyrics.
More information about the Dixielandjazz