Saxophone Transcriptions

Transcribing is one of the crucial aspects of learning to improvise. At Indiana University, David Baker taught a course called Styles and Analysis. That was the beginning of this path...150+ solos later. It is important that you do the following with a transcription:

 Important!

By following all these steps, students will gain full understanding of the transcription.

The recording information appears after each solo title. All transcriptions are PDFs and the text pages are GIFs.  

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Soprano Sax: PDF files

Sidney Bechet:

C Jam Blues = Sidney Bechet - "Sidney Bechet at Storyville", Black Lion BLCD-760902

Alto Sax: PDF files

Cannonball Adderley:
Blues Oriental = Cannonball Adderley - "Them Dirty Blues", Capitol Jazz 7243- 4-95447-2-7

Dat Dere = Cannonball Adderley - "Them Dirty Blues", Capitol Jazz 7243- 4-95447-2-7

Flamenco Sketches = Miles Davis - "Kind Of Blue", Columbia CK-40579

Groovin' High = Cannonball Adderley with Milt Jackson - "Things Are Getting Better", Riverside OJCCD-032-2 (RLP-1128)

So What = Miles Davis - "Kind Of Blue", Columbia CK-40579

Charlie Parker:

What Is This Thing Called Love = Charlie Parker - "Jam Session", Verve, Norman Granz 833-564-2, second cut.
I Remember You
Just Friends
Out Of Nowhere

Tenor Sax: PDF files

Michael Brecker:
Caprice = The Claus Ogerman Orchestra - "Gate of Dreams", Warner Brothers 3006-2

George Coleman:

Soul Eyes

John Coltrane:

Freight Trane

George Garzone:

Night & Day

Con Alma

Joe Henderson:

A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing = Joe Henderson - "Lush Life, The Music of Billy Strayhorn", Verve 314-511-779-2

Blood Count = Joe Henderson - "Lush Life, The Music of Billy Strayhorn", Verve 314-511-779-2

Lotus Blossom = Joe Henderson - "Lush Life, The Music of Billy Strayhorn", Verve 314-511-779-2

Lush Life = Joe Henderson - "Lush Life, The Music of Billy Strayhorn", Verve 314-511-779-2

Upper Manhattan Medical Group (UMMG) = Joe Henderson - "Lush Life, The Music of Billy Strayhorn", Verve 314-511-779-2

Sonny Stitt:

All God's Chillin Got Rhythm
April In Paris

 

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