Cherokee

Cherokee is a  64 bar AABA tune  written by Ray Noble in 1938 as part of  “Indian Suite.”  Since  Charlie Parker experimented with re-harmonizing the changes it has become a jazz standard. Also Known As: Cherokee (Indian Love Song) Listen to ‘Cherokee’ on YouTube: Cherokee Transcriptions: Cherokee Transcription (Charlie Parker  alto saxophone Solo on Bird in Time 1940-1947) Cherokee Transcription (Charlie Parker  alto saxophone…

Manhã de Carnaval

Manhã de Carnaval (Morning of Carnival) is the title song of the Brazilian film Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) from 1959. Composed by Luiz Bonfá, Manhã de Carnaval launched Bossa Nova and Bonfá to international success. Also Known As: Black Orpheus Orfeu Negro Theme from Black Orpheus A Day in the Life of a Fool Carnival Listen to ‘Manhã de…

Dolphin Dance

“Dolphin Dance”, written by Herbie Hancock. He initially recorded it on his 1965 record “Maiden Voyage”. He rerecorded it on the 1981 “Herbie Hancock Trio“. Personnel: Herbie Hancock — Piano Freddie Hubbard — Trumpet George Coleman — Tenor saxophone Ron Carter — Bass Tony Williams — drums Listen to ‘Dolphin Dance’ on YouTube: Dolphin Dance Original Recording:  Dolphin Dance Transcriptions: Dolphin Dance Solo Transcription (Herbie Hancock Piano…

Blue Bossa

“Blue Bossa” by Kenny Dorham is a popular Boss Nova standard. It appeared on Joe Henderson’s album Page One (1963). Listen to “Blue Bossa” on YouTube: Blue Bossa Original Recording: Blue Bossa Transcriptions: Blue Bossa Solo Transcription (Kenny Dorham Trumpet solo on Page One) Blue Bossa Solo Transcription (Dexter Gordon Tenor Saxophone solo on Bitin’ the Apple) Blue Bossa Solo Transcription (Dexter…

Freddie Freeloader

“Freddie Freeloader” by Miles Davis appeared on his album Kind of Blue. It is a  twelve-bar blues in B-flat. It is the only track on the album that Bill Evans does not play piano. Wynton Kelly plays the piano on this track. Freddie Freeloader Original Recording: Freddie Freeloader Transcriptions: Freddie Freeloader Solo Transcription (Miles Davis trumpet solo…

Tenderly

Tenderly is a popular song (1946) composed by Walter Gross with lyrics by Jack Lawrence. It has become a jazz standard. While originally recorded as a waltz it is typically played in 4/4. Tenderly Recordings: The Brazilian crooner and pianist Dick Farney  recorded the song for the first time in 1947. Since then, “Tenderly” has been…

Beautiful Love

Beautiful Love is a popular song (1931) composed by Wayne King, Victor Young and Egbert Van Alstyne with lyrics by Haven Gillespie. It has become a jazz standard. While originally recorded as a waltz it is typically played in 4/4. Beautiful Love Original Recording: The song was introduced by the Wayne King Orchestra. I am unsure…

What’s New?

“What’s New?”  composed in 1939  by Bob Haggart as an instrumental tune titled “I’m Free”.  Later lyrics were written by Johnny Burke, hence the title was changed to match the lyrics. Listen to ‘What’s New?’ on YouTube: What’s New? Original Recordings:     (Recorded as I’m Free) What’s New? Transcriptions: What’s New? Transcription  (Cannonball Adderley Alto…

Solar

Solar (pronounced “so-LAHR”) is a jazz standard from the Miles Davis 1954 album Walkin’. Like so many other of Miles’ composition, there is some question to his authorship. It is said that Miles recorded this after hearing an earlier song, “Sonny”, written by Chuck Wayne in tribute to his band-mate Sonny Berman. Solar Original Recording:   Solar Transcriptions: Solar Transcription  (Miles…