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Hi all,

For this second semester of 2019, I am planing to work on a new song each month and transcribe a tenor sax solo from that song. My list is:

CHEROKEE
INNER URGE
HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES
SOPHISTICATED LADY
STABLEMATES
YOU STEPPED OUT OF DREAM

On You Stepped Out of Dream, I already chose Dexter Gordon's solo from the A Swingin' Affair album. Any recommendations on your favourite tenor sax solos on the other five songs? Suggestions on specific artists and albums to check out would be excellent.

Thank you!
 

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Thank you for the suggestions! Keep them coming! I am listening right now.
 

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Cherokee: Johnny Griffin - "Way out."
Inner Urge: (I'll go with the original)
Hymmj: George Coleman w/Chet Baker
Stablemates: Cannonball - on Philly Joe Jones album "Drums around the world
https://youtu.be/WyPvglMVKZQ
You Stepped Out of a Dream: Sonny Rol - Vol. 2.
Thanks very much (although Cannonball is not a tenor player... but I still love him too!)
 

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1) 22 yr old Stan Getz, utterly flawless at 360-375 bpm. Stan was an absolute freak of nature. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKeSv2cCQpU

2) Bergonzi takes Inner Urge to the complete next level. also flawless. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwEFpxIMo0M&t=405s

3) Lovano and Garzone.... HYMMJones.... inside outside. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwEFpxIMo0M&t=405s

4) I'm crazy about Dexter on Sophisticated Lady but this live version with Sonny Rollins completely slays me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xoRv-rxofM

5) Benny Golson with Lee Morgan in the front line for Stablemates. Everyone's hits it totally out of the park. Just outstanding record. Flawless. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn3L6ikBK9A

6) Finally, a really obscure recording of You Stepped Out of a Dream by Joe Farrell shortly before he died. I have obsessed on and off over his solo for many years. Maybe Sonny Rollins was overall better, Joe's tone is a bit thin, but I think he was really not well when he did this, and the magic all there. A masterpiece of jazz improvisation and worthy of being in the lofty company on this short list. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6irwXZXrKms
 

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I think what songs I would pick depends what I was trying to get out of the transcription, and how much time I wanted to spend transcribing and dissecting difficult solos. For instance, I've always had a hard time transcribing Johnny Griffin, especially at faster tempos - he's really loose with time and his articulation can make it hard to tell where one note ends and the next begins (although I think his playing is generally awesome). Conversely, I can transcribe later-period Steve Grossman stuff pretty easily, as his solos are very cleanly articulated, often eighth note-based, and his outside playing is fairly predictable if you transcribe a bunch of him (there are versions of him playing Cherokee and Stablemates on youtube).

In terms of what you want to get out of a solo, it doesn't make sense to transcribe guys that are playing really "out" if you are looking to cop some "inside" bop lines, and vice versa.
 

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This is irrelevant to the OP's discussion topic.

I think what songs I would pick depends what I was trying to get out of the transcription, and how much time I wanted to spend transcribing and dissecting difficult solos. For instance, I've always had a hard time transcribing Johnny Griffin, especially at faster tempos - he's really loose with time and his articulation can make it hard to tell where one note ends and the next begins (although I think his playing is generally awesome). Conversely, I can transcribe later-period Steve Grossman stuff pretty easily, as his solos are very cleanly articulated, often eighth note-based, and his outside playing is fairly predictable if you transcribe a bunch of him (there are versions of him playing Cherokee and Stablemates on youtube).

In terms of what you want to get out of a solo, it doesn't make sense to transcribe guys that are playing really "out" if you are looking to cop some "inside" bop lines, and vice versa.
 

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This is irrelevant to the OP's discussion topic.
Not at all. There are tons of examples of each of those tunes by great players, and he's asking for recommendations for transcription purposes - likely to learn something/take something away for his own playing. OP set a timeline of a month for each solo, and said he would be working on those tunes in addition to transcribing. Anyone who has done any transcribing knows there are some tunes that take more than a month just to get under the fingers, let alone dissect and incorporate into one's playing (even at the highest levels: I think Joel Frahm said in a masterclass that he spent an entire summer digging into Griff on Rhythm A Ning). And transcribing tunes that yield material that is beyond one's harmonic understanding or conception is generally a waste of time (unless they really want to spend a lot of time figuring out what's going on), so what kind of stuff he's looking for matters too.

Read between the lines a little.
 
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