Posts made in June, 2010

Bud Powell’s Indiana

»Posted by on Jun 15, 2010 in English | 0 comments

I have wanted to know for a long time, what Bud plays in his solo on Indiana. It sounds amazing, but still very simple at the same time. So I finally got into transcribing this solo and here it is! I left out the first and last theme, and the solo is all there! I transcribed it in concert key, so pianists, feel free to check it out!   Bud Powell – Indiana (Concert Key) by Martin...

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What is jazz? (my opinion)

»Posted by on Jun 14, 2010 in Blog, English | 0 comments

Lately I have been noticing more and more bands that label their music as jazz-ish, or they at least use the word in definition of their style. I cannot say that I approve this, as I don’t feel (about many of these bands) that there is really any jazz in their playing. This made me think about the essential question “What is JAZZ?”   For me, jazz requires two main elements, to be called jazz: improvisation and swing.   Many listeners, but even musicians, call something jazz, and they base their opinion on the fact that there is a certain amount of improvisation in the songs. However, when the music does not apply swing, then in my opinion it cannot be labeled jazz, but rather improvised something (rock,metal,whatever…).   And...

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Bud Powell’s Celia for tenor sax!

»Posted by on Jun 12, 2010 in Blog, English | 0 comments

I transcribed Bud Powell’s Celia for tenor, being inspired by the band that consisted of Rollins, Navarro, Powell, Potter and Blakey, in order to allow me to play it on tenor. And interestingly, the range that Bud Powell uses both in the head and in the solo completely fits the tenor range, so feel free to use this song also in a quartet setting with a tenor horn! Bud Powell – Celia for Bb tenor by Martin...

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