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Laverne Walk

Discussion in 'Music [DB]' started by BassplayerBrian, May 23, 2008.

  1. BassplayerBrian


    Apr 23, 2008
    Hey guys, I was wondering if any of you knew where I could find sheet music for the laverne walk I think it's by Oscar Pettiford I've tried looking around in my area for it but I can't find a bassist whose familiar with it :confused:
  2. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    I dunno if it's around as a chart, I just took it off a Sam Jones record...
  3. BassplayerBrian


    Apr 23, 2008
    Oh alright, thanks Ed!
  4. I have a head written out for bass that Rufus Reid gave me at the Richard Davis Bass conference, if I find it I'll scan and send it to you.
  5. BassplayerBrian


    Apr 23, 2008
    sounds great, Eli! Thanks!
  6. This is where you can get the melody to Laverne Walk:

    The Music of Oscar Pettiford, Volume One
    80 Bass Solos transcribed and edited by Volker Nahrmann
    Copyright 1988

    The intro, tune, and solo are found on pages 110-112
    The recording he used for the transcription is:

    Blues Brothers
    Black Lion BLP 30135

    There's a nice version with Stan Getz & Oscar Pettiford on an album called Ghost of a Chance, or Oscar's Montmatre Blues album.
  7. Tommy el Gato

    Tommy el Gato

    Jul 6, 2007
    A friend of a former teacher transcribed it. I'll see if I can upload a scan of the sheet he gave me. It's kinda like rhythm changes in G, then then bridge is in the key of the IV chord.

    It's a cool tune, btw. I played it on my Junior recital here at Morehead State.
  8. Tommy el Gato

    Tommy el Gato

    Jul 6, 2007
  9. Yeah, I just checked that out on Amazon. They have someone wanting to sell a used copy for $100.

    EDIT: However, I did find another source for a new copy of it for $18.00 online at:


    I just today received one in the mail. The Laverne Walk solo bassline covers three pages in that book. The transcription is by Volker Nahrmann and is considerably different in notation and sometimes notes from the other transcription offered in this thread. But I don't think that's at all unusual. It's not clear that both transcribers were working from the same recording and O.P. didn't likely play it the same twice.
  10. nickbass


    Apr 29, 2005
    Northants, UK
    To my eye and ear, there are some inaccuracies in this transcription - best check again bar 6 of A, bars 3 and 7 of B and bar 8 of the last A before committing to memory!
  11. msw


    Aug 21, 2003
    You can buy this recording lots of places on the Internet on CD for less than $10. I did, it's GREAT.