There is a lot of good music out there that has already been played! As a jazz player, you can of course take advantage of that and learn from the masters. Of course, transcribing jazz trombone players is a good place to start. There are many great players and even more great solos to dig in to! Transcribing solos played on your own instrument is smart, even if there might be some technically challenges, you know that it is playable on the instrument. Many times, you will find that what sounds really hip or hard, actually is quite logical on that specific instrument.
If you are new to the world of transcribing jazz solos, I suggest that you start with an articulate artist such as J.J. Johnson or Curtis Fuller. Both their melodies, phrasing and rhythmical patterns are quite clear, making it easier for you to catch.
If you, like me, tend to be a little bit lazy once in a while, I have dusted off the Internet and found some great solo transcriptions out there for you. They are all free of charge and ready to be printed!
Here are some samples of what is out out there:
J.J. Johnson: Boneology
J.J Johnson: I Love You
J.J Johnson & Al Grey: Let Me See
Frank Rosolino: Let’s Make It
Frank Rosolino: Cherry
Curtis Fuller: That’s Alright With Me
Curtis Fuller: Mode for Joe
Carl Fontana: Showcase
Carl Fontana: Polka Dots And Moonbeams
Carl Fontana: A Beautiful Friendshi
Carl Fontana: Soon
Carl Fontana: The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
Steve Turre: Chairman of the Board
Andy Martin: Get Happy
Andy Martin: Emily
Wycliffe Gordon: Jolly Jume Jumey
Hugh Fraser: The Message
If you are interested in transcribed trumpet solos, there is a whole lot of them to be found here!
Kelly Bucheger has a bunch of great saxophone solos available at his site. Find out how great Coltrane and Dexter Gordon would had sounded if they where trombone players!
if you have more resources with solo transcriptions that you want to share, send me an email and I will put up a link!
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