Easy to transcribe solos

Discussion in 'Ask Janek Gwizdala' started by jazzbasser535, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. jazzbasser535


    Feb 25, 2006
    Hey Janek,
    I know you are really into transcribing solos from all different musicians, and I am hoping to start transcriping some solos as well. The only problem is, every jazz solo I hear seems too difficult to transcribe. Do you have any recommendations on tunes with easy solos to transcribe?


    P.S. You're a great player.
  2. user3653753

    user3653753 Guest

    Jan 28, 2004
    Try a few of the early miles davis solo records.....

    I would check out the series of albums he did that include:

    cookin, workin, relaxin, and steamin....

    songs on those albums I would look into might include:

    If I were a bell, I could write a book, airgin, surrey with the fringe on top, salt penuts, when I fall in love, my funny valentine. Those are all solos I transcribed from those records. I think I worked on trumpet and tenor solos from those records mainly.

    A really nice solo is the famous one from "so what" on the album "kind of Blue. It's melodic, modal, and over just two chords.


  3. jazzbasser535


    Feb 25, 2006
    Thanks a lot! That's good, cause I have all those Miles Davis albums. Also, I forgot to mention that I transcribed the trumpet solo from Freddie Freeloader already.
    Thanks again
  4. Tenorhaulic


    Jul 11, 2006
    Also try the (what I think is) trumpet solo from "Deception" in Davis' Birth of the Cool.
  5. funkyfretless


    Jan 15, 2006
    Atlanta, Ga
    the oleo solo is a great tune as well. very nice melodic ideas from miles :) plus its got you soloing over rhythm changes :smug:

    hope that helps some,