I'm still in Miles mode after the gig last Thursday…His music is so fun and his vibe is so distinct. Miles was definitely one of the most—if the not the most—influential jazz artists of all time. Today I transcribed one of my favorite solos of his, Freddie Freeloader (click to see transcription). This is the second track off of Kind of Blue, which happens to be the all-time best-selling jazz record. Some of the most swingin stuff ever.
Adding to what I posted last week about Jay, here is another great solo of his that I just transcribed today. I Should Care (click to see transcription) is a jazz standard that appears on Jay's 1996 album Rapture. This was actually the first recording of Jay Thomas I ever heard, and I've been in love with the track ever since. Hope you dig it!
I haven't heard anyone whose time is as solid, whose tone and articulation as unique, or whose lines are as beautiful as Jay Thomas's. His trumpet playing was enough to get me hooked right off the bat—I quickly discovered his incredible saxophone and flute playing as well. Jay really is a one-of-a-kind musician. It's no wonder he's played (and continues to play) with so many of the greats.
Because Jay lives nearby in Seattle I've had the pleasure of studying privately with him, going to his jams, and playing in his big band. He's a joy to work with and endlessly inspiring. I'd like to share a solo of his I transcribed a while ago that exemplifies the magic in his playing. Here is Jay on UMMG (click to see transcription) off of the album Streams of Consciousness. Below is a YouTube mp3 of this tune.
There is so much information in Booker Little's sound. His time, his tone, his articulation, his lines, his rhythms, his writing and arranging... It's all there. Out Front and Victory and Sorrow (also known as Booker Little and Friend) are some of my favorite jazz records. A true jazz giant, it's incredibly sad that he passed at the age of 23.