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Coleman Hawkins solo – She’s Funny That Way

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Coleman Hawkins solo – She’s Funny That Way

This recording was made on October 11, 1939. This date should be well known to every jazz fan, as this is the same date, on which Hawk recorded the famous Body And Soul, which laid the fundamentals of  bebop harmonic playing. Having in mind my last transcription of Coleman Hawkins, from 1944, this solo from 1939 is to me clearly showing the way, how Hawk came to utilizing the tritone substitutions in his playing. We can see his use of diminished chord (anticipating dominant F7b9 chord to the tonic Bb major), freely floating from Bb major scale through the diminished chord (mostly descending -> f# eb c a) back to the home Bb major. Changing one tone in the diminished (c to b natural) shows us exactly the way I think Hawk discovered the possible use of tritone...

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