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Grafton + TH & C alto || Naked Lady 10M || TT soprano || Martin Comm III
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Bird had a really, really bad case of 'hoodledoo--itus'.
I get that sometimes.

Paul Desmond is using emebellisments that are often called turns. Basically this is a triplet (or something similar) on the first of a pair of 1/8 notes. It comprises of the note, then the note above and quickly back to the note:

So, e.g. instead of just a plain run G - F - E - D - C, it might go GAG - F - E - D - C.

He is also using some double time passages. This means that you establish a some typical strings of 1/8 note phrases which is common in jazz, but then suddenly though in some 1/16 note passages.

To learn more, the very best thing you can do is to start transcribling, ideally with some software that slows the music down so you can easily hear and analyse what is going on.
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