George Benson · Lee Ritenour · Quincy Jones

Give Me the Night – George Benson (solo)

Something completely different! Even though they both only last for 8 bars each, I thought i’d transcribe Ge0rge Benson’s solo and the groove (played by fellow jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour) on this Quincy Jones-produced track. This solo is a really good example of developing a theme – the same, F minor arpeggio-based idea is repeated… Continue reading Give Me the Night – George Benson (solo)

Mike Stern · Miles Davis

Freddie Freeloader – Mike Stern’s Solo

Six choruses of great playing by Stern on a jam session favorite, from the 2002 record ‘Four Generations of Miles’. Stern features alongside fellow Davis-band alumni George Coleman, Jimmy Cobb and Ron Carter. Watch out for the extended 16th note phrases in this one – a Stern trademark perhaps, but his phrasing isn’t as clear… Continue reading Freddie Freeloader – Mike Stern’s Solo

Art Blakey · Lee Morgan · Wes Montgomery

Moanin’ – Lee Morgan’s solo (alternate take)

Following up from my transcription of Wes’ solo on the alternate take of Moanin’ I thought it’d be good idea to post another transcription of a lesser known solo on these changes. This is Lee Morgan’s solo on the alternate take of Moanin’, issued with some of the latest re-releases of the album on CD. The reason… Continue reading Moanin’ – Lee Morgan’s solo (alternate take)

John Scofield · Medeski, Martin and Wood

Louis the Shoplifter – Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin & Wood)

Taking a quick break from the straight-ahead stuff I’ve put up recently I’m going back briefly to funk for a bit. This one is from the 2015 album ‘Juice’ by Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood and penned by Billy Martin, the drummer. Like a lot of the tunes on this album its fairly simple (this… Continue reading Louis the Shoplifter – Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin & Wood)