Musical Highlights of My England and Ireland Tour, In Pictures

[caption id="attachment_854" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] I enjoyed doing a big band and improvisation workshop at Ashville College in Harrogate. There were some wonderful, young musicians with a lot of talent led by the highly capable Mr. Ross Simpson.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_855" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] It was great to reconnect with the Echo 42 chaps in Harrogate again on this trip and even better to hear them play Mike Campbell's arrangement of my tune, "Etosha".[/caption] [caption id="attachment_856" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] It's always nice to catch up with the folks at the Wigan Music Services. There is some real talent there! Looking forward to hearing the developments when I next return![/caption] [caption id="attachment_857" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] It…
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Transcription: Dave O’ Higgins’ Tenor Sax Solo on ‘Devil May Care’ off his album, Standards.

One of the first saxophonists that I heard live who blew my mind when I was a younger was Dave O' Higgins. He is still one of my favourite musicians and I just love his album, Standards. Check out his solo on 'Devil May Care'. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE1OYOkyBm4[/embedyt] [pdf-embedder url="http://www.danshout.co.za/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Devil-May-Care-28-June-2016-Tenor-Sax.pdf" title="Devil May Care (28 June 2016) – Tenor Sax"]
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Transcription: Chet Baker’s Vocal Solo on ‘It Could Happen To You’ off the album Chet Baker Sings

This is the first time that I've transcribed a vocal solo. I was drawn to it because of how short and simple the solo is, yet it's very melodic and Chet uses some fantastic tensions here and there. After transcribing it, I have tried to learn from it by starting to play Chet's solo for the first 16 bars and then continuing with my own improv, whilst still trying to sound like Chet. I find it extremely challenging to not slip into my usual lines, not to over play, not to use modern patterns or ideas and just to keep it clear, concise and melodic a la Chet. You give…
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Transcription: TSgt Tedd Baker’s Tenor Sax Solo on ‘Lately’ by Stevie Wonder, as performed by the Airmen of Note off their album iTempo Latino.

Check out TSgt Tedd Baker's tenor saxophone solo on "Lately" by Stevie Wonder as recorded by the Airmen of Note on their album iTempo Latino. I was very lucky to hear the Airmen of Note featuring Peter Erskine at the I.A.J.E. Conference in Long Beach, California in January 2005 and was totally blown away by the band. I bought their CD after the performance and just fell in love with Ted's solo on this tune, arranged as a Bossa Nova by Chuck Loeb. Firstly, Tedd's solo is really melodic. I love his rhythmic approach; for example the rhythmic anticipations he utilises in the opening line of the solo, his use…
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Transcription: Sam Skelton’s Tenor Sax Solo on ‘Freudian Slip’ by Gordon Vernick off the album, Destination.

I thought I'd share a transcription I recently completed of an amazing saxophonist, Sam Skelton. I discovered this solo on a good friend of mine, Gordon Vernick's album, Destination. What really drew me to this solo is the way in which Skelton phrases and accents certain notes in his lines. In order to improve my articulation, phrasing and use of space, I decided to work out this solo and I learnt a great deal from it. The process I use when transcribing a solo is the following: I listen to the solo many times and attempt to sing along with the solo so that it is ingrained in my mind's…
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Musical Highlights of My England and Ireland Tour, In Pictures

[caption id="attachment_854" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] I enjoyed doing a big band and improvisation workshop at Ashville College in Harrogate. There were some wonderful, young musicians with a lot of talent led by the highly capable Mr. Ross Simpson.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_855" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] It was great to reconnect with the Echo 42 chaps in Harrogate again on this trip and even better to hear them play Mike Campbell's arrangement of my tune, "Etosha".[/caption] [caption id="attachment_856" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] It's always nice to catch up with the folks at the Wigan Music Services. There is some real talent there! Looking forward to hearing the developments when I next return![/caption] [caption id="attachment_857" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] It…
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Transcription: Dave O’ Higgins’ Tenor Sax Solo on ‘Devil May Care’ off his album, Standards.

One of the first saxophonists that I heard live who blew my mind when I was a younger was Dave O' Higgins. He is still one of my favourite musicians and I just love his album, Standards. Check out his solo on 'Devil May Care'. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE1OYOkyBm4[/embedyt] [pdf-embedder url="http://www.danshout.co.za/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Devil-May-Care-28-June-2016-Tenor-Sax.pdf" title="Devil May Care (28 June 2016) – Tenor Sax"]
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Transcription: Chet Baker’s Vocal Solo on ‘It Could Happen To You’ off the album Chet Baker Sings

This is the first time that I've transcribed a vocal solo. I was drawn to it because of how short and simple the solo is, yet it's very melodic and Chet uses some fantastic tensions here and there. After transcribing it, I have tried to learn from it by starting to play Chet's solo for the first 16 bars and then continuing with my own improv, whilst still trying to sound like Chet. I find it extremely challenging to not slip into my usual lines, not to over play, not to use modern patterns or ideas and just to keep it clear, concise and melodic a la Chet. You give…
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Transcription: TSgt Tedd Baker’s Tenor Sax Solo on ‘Lately’ by Stevie Wonder, as performed by the Airmen of Note off their album iTempo Latino.

Check out TSgt Tedd Baker's tenor saxophone solo on "Lately" by Stevie Wonder as recorded by the Airmen of Note on their album iTempo Latino. I was very lucky to hear the Airmen of Note featuring Peter Erskine at the I.A.J.E. Conference in Long Beach, California in January 2005 and was totally blown away by the band. I bought their CD after the performance and just fell in love with Ted's solo on this tune, arranged as a Bossa Nova by Chuck Loeb. Firstly, Tedd's solo is really melodic. I love his rhythmic approach; for example the rhythmic anticipations he utilises in the opening line of the solo, his use…
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Transcription: Sam Skelton’s Tenor Sax Solo on ‘Freudian Slip’ by Gordon Vernick off the album, Destination.

I thought I'd share a transcription I recently completed of an amazing saxophonist, Sam Skelton. I discovered this solo on a good friend of mine, Gordon Vernick's album, Destination. What really drew me to this solo is the way in which Skelton phrases and accents certain notes in his lines. In order to improve my articulation, phrasing and use of space, I decided to work out this solo and I learnt a great deal from it. The process I use when transcribing a solo is the following: I listen to the solo many times and attempt to sing along with the solo so that it is ingrained in my mind's…
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Musical Highlights of My England and Ireland Tour, In Pictures

[caption id="attachment_854" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] I enjoyed doing a big band and improvisation workshop at Ashville College in Harrogate. There were some wonderful, young musicians with a lot of talent led by the highly capable Mr. Ross Simpson.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_855" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] It was great to reconnect with the Echo 42 chaps in Harrogate again on this trip and even better to hear them play Mike Campbell's arrangement of my tune, "Etosha".[/caption] [caption id="attachment_856" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] It's always nice to catch up with the folks at the Wigan Music Services. There is some real talent there! Looking forward to hearing the developments when I next return![/caption] [caption id="attachment_857" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] It…
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Transcription: Dave O’ Higgins’ Tenor Sax Solo on ‘Devil May Care’ off his album, Standards.

One of the first saxophonists that I heard live who blew my mind when I was a younger was Dave O' Higgins. He is still one of my favourite musicians and I just love his album, Standards. Check out his solo on 'Devil May Care'. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE1OYOkyBm4[/embedyt] [pdf-embedder url="http://www.danshout.co.za/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Devil-May-Care-28-June-2016-Tenor-Sax.pdf" title="Devil May Care (28 June 2016) – Tenor Sax"]
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Transcription: Chet Baker’s Vocal Solo on ‘It Could Happen To You’ off the album Chet Baker Sings

This is the first time that I've transcribed a vocal solo. I was drawn to it because of how short and simple the solo is, yet it's very melodic and Chet uses some fantastic tensions here and there. After transcribing it, I have tried to learn from it by starting to play Chet's solo for the first 16 bars and then continuing with my own improv, whilst still trying to sound like Chet. I find it extremely challenging to not slip into my usual lines, not to over play, not to use modern patterns or ideas and just to keep it clear, concise and melodic a la Chet. You give…
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Transcription: TSgt Tedd Baker’s Tenor Sax Solo on ‘Lately’ by Stevie Wonder, as performed by the Airmen of Note off their album iTempo Latino.

Check out TSgt Tedd Baker's tenor saxophone solo on "Lately" by Stevie Wonder as recorded by the Airmen of Note on their album iTempo Latino. I was very lucky to hear the Airmen of Note featuring Peter Erskine at the I.A.J.E. Conference in Long Beach, California in January 2005 and was totally blown away by the band. I bought their CD after the performance and just fell in love with Ted's solo on this tune, arranged as a Bossa Nova by Chuck Loeb. Firstly, Tedd's solo is really melodic. I love his rhythmic approach; for example the rhythmic anticipations he utilises in the opening line of the solo, his use…
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Transcription: Sam Skelton’s Tenor Sax Solo on ‘Freudian Slip’ by Gordon Vernick off the album, Destination.

I thought I'd share a transcription I recently completed of an amazing saxophonist, Sam Skelton. I discovered this solo on a good friend of mine, Gordon Vernick's album, Destination. What really drew me to this solo is the way in which Skelton phrases and accents certain notes in his lines. In order to improve my articulation, phrasing and use of space, I decided to work out this solo and I learnt a great deal from it. The process I use when transcribing a solo is the following: I listen to the solo many times and attempt to sing along with the solo so that it is ingrained in my mind's…
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Musical Highlights of My England and Ireland Tour, In Pictures

[caption id="attachment_854" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] I enjoyed doing a big band and improvisation workshop at Ashville College in Harrogate. There were some wonderful, young musicians with a lot of talent led by the highly capable Mr. Ross Simpson.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_855" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] It was great to reconnect with the Echo 42 chaps in Harrogate again on this trip and even better to hear them play Mike Campbell's arrangement of my tune, "Etosha".[/caption] [caption id="attachment_856" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] It's always nice to catch up with the folks at the Wigan Music Services. There is some real talent there! Looking forward to hearing the developments when I next return![/caption] [caption id="attachment_857" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] It…
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Transcription: Dave O’ Higgins’ Tenor Sax Solo on ‘Devil May Care’ off his album, Standards.

One of the first saxophonists that I heard live who blew my mind when I was a younger was Dave O' Higgins. He is still one of my favourite musicians and I just love his album, Standards. Check out his solo on 'Devil May Care'. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE1OYOkyBm4[/embedyt] [pdf-embedder url="http://www.danshout.co.za/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Devil-May-Care-28-June-2016-Tenor-Sax.pdf" title="Devil May Care (28 June 2016) – Tenor Sax"]
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Transcription: Chet Baker’s Vocal Solo on ‘It Could Happen To You’ off the album Chet Baker Sings

This is the first time that I've transcribed a vocal solo. I was drawn to it because of how short and simple the solo is, yet it's very melodic and Chet uses some fantastic tensions here and there. After transcribing it, I have tried to learn from it by starting to play Chet's solo for the first 16 bars and then continuing with my own improv, whilst still trying to sound like Chet. I find it extremely challenging to not slip into my usual lines, not to over play, not to use modern patterns or ideas and just to keep it clear, concise and melodic a la Chet. You give…
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Transcription: TSgt Tedd Baker’s Tenor Sax Solo on ‘Lately’ by Stevie Wonder, as performed by the Airmen of Note off their album iTempo Latino.

Check out TSgt Tedd Baker's tenor saxophone solo on "Lately" by Stevie Wonder as recorded by the Airmen of Note on their album iTempo Latino. I was very lucky to hear the Airmen of Note featuring Peter Erskine at the I.A.J.E. Conference in Long Beach, California in January 2005 and was totally blown away by the band. I bought their CD after the performance and just fell in love with Ted's solo on this tune, arranged as a Bossa Nova by Chuck Loeb. Firstly, Tedd's solo is really melodic. I love his rhythmic approach; for example the rhythmic anticipations he utilises in the opening line of the solo, his use…
Read More

Transcription: Sam Skelton’s Tenor Sax Solo on ‘Freudian Slip’ by Gordon Vernick off the album, Destination.

I thought I'd share a transcription I recently completed of an amazing saxophonist, Sam Skelton. I discovered this solo on a good friend of mine, Gordon Vernick's album, Destination. What really drew me to this solo is the way in which Skelton phrases and accents certain notes in his lines. In order to improve my articulation, phrasing and use of space, I decided to work out this solo and I learnt a great deal from it. The process I use when transcribing a solo is the following: I listen to the solo many times and attempt to sing along with the solo so that it is ingrained in my mind's…
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Musical Highlights of My England and Ireland Tour, In Pictures

[caption id="attachment_854" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] I enjoyed doing a big band and improvisation workshop at Ashville College in Harrogate. There were some wonderful, young musicians with a lot of talent led by the highly capable Mr. Ross Simpson.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_855" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] It was great to reconnect with the Echo 42 chaps in Harrogate again on this trip and even better to hear them play Mike Campbell's arrangement of my tune, "Etosha".[/caption] [caption id="attachment_856" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] It's always nice to catch up with the folks at the Wigan Music Services. There is some real talent there! Looking forward to hearing the developments when I next return![/caption] [caption id="attachment_857" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] It…
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Transcription: Dave O’ Higgins’ Tenor Sax Solo on ‘Devil May Care’ off his album, Standards.

One of the first saxophonists that I heard live who blew my mind when I was a younger was Dave O' Higgins. He is still one of my favourite musicians and I just love his album, Standards. Check out his solo on 'Devil May Care'. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE1OYOkyBm4[/embedyt] [pdf-embedder url="http://www.danshout.co.za/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Devil-May-Care-28-June-2016-Tenor-Sax.pdf" title="Devil May Care (28 June 2016) – Tenor Sax"]
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Transcription: Chet Baker’s Vocal Solo on ‘It Could Happen To You’ off the album Chet Baker Sings

This is the first time that I've transcribed a vocal solo. I was drawn to it because of how short and simple the solo is, yet it's very melodic and Chet uses some fantastic tensions here and there. After transcribing it, I have tried to learn from it by starting to play Chet's solo for the first 16 bars and then continuing with my own improv, whilst still trying to sound like Chet. I find it extremely challenging to not slip into my usual lines, not to over play, not to use modern patterns or ideas and just to keep it clear, concise and melodic a la Chet. You give…
Read More

Transcription: TSgt Tedd Baker’s Tenor Sax Solo on ‘Lately’ by Stevie Wonder, as performed by the Airmen of Note off their album iTempo Latino.

Check out TSgt Tedd Baker's tenor saxophone solo on "Lately" by Stevie Wonder as recorded by the Airmen of Note on their album iTempo Latino. I was very lucky to hear the Airmen of Note featuring Peter Erskine at the I.A.J.E. Conference in Long Beach, California in January 2005 and was totally blown away by the band. I bought their CD after the performance and just fell in love with Ted's solo on this tune, arranged as a Bossa Nova by Chuck Loeb. Firstly, Tedd's solo is really melodic. I love his rhythmic approach; for example the rhythmic anticipations he utilises in the opening line of the solo, his use…
Read More

Transcription: Sam Skelton’s Tenor Sax Solo on ‘Freudian Slip’ by Gordon Vernick off the album, Destination.

I thought I'd share a transcription I recently completed of an amazing saxophonist, Sam Skelton. I discovered this solo on a good friend of mine, Gordon Vernick's album, Destination. What really drew me to this solo is the way in which Skelton phrases and accents certain notes in his lines. In order to improve my articulation, phrasing and use of space, I decided to work out this solo and I learnt a great deal from it. The process I use when transcribing a solo is the following: I listen to the solo many times and attempt to sing along with the solo so that it is ingrained in my mind's…
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