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What do you think is the best recording of sax players playing rhythm changes. I am a college student(Tenor), and I want to do a transcription of someone blowing changes, but wanted to see if maybe I'm missing some from my music library. Any requests?
 

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Unlessyour music library is bigger than Beth Ditto,

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you're probably missing one or two Rhythm Changes tracks. ;)

I mean, come on, it's Rhythm Changes!

Maybe it'd help if you narrowed the search filter a little and told us who you do have blowing over Rhythm Changes and what exactly you're looking to get out of transcribing the tune.


Oh.Almost forgot. The Beth Ditto pic will self delete in 1o minutes or so, just to save the MODS from doing it.

It was just so gross, I couldn't help myself. :D
 

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stitt/rollins on 'eternal triangle', trane/mobley/cohn/sims on 'tenor conclave'. dexter on 'second balcony jump'. that's a few that come to mind right away. the albums are 'sonny side up', 'tenor conclave' and 'go' respectively. peace- mike
 

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Dexter on Cheesecake.....man I love that solo. Also, Trane on Love for Sale...A superb solo.
 

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Sonny Rollins on "I Know That You Know", and
 

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Ya I have the sonny side up album and go. There amazing. Basically, I'm looking for some good bebop playing. I've done alot of joshua redman transcriptions, and things like that. Now I'm realizing that I just don't have much bebop chops. I need to build my vocabulary up, and get my fingers moving. So that's basically the background info. And thank you for that very exotic picture by the way. That was quite akward.
 

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Bearing in mind DP's caveat (which is right, of course), but i can't help making a recommendation : Lester Young playing "Lester Leaps In" is where it all starts, IMHO.

[EDIT: I won't mention Bird because the poster is talking tenor sax. For tenor, after Young, Rollins is the man, IMHO]
 

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Raphyel said:
Also, Trane on Love for Sale...A superb solo.
I'm pretty well still a babe in the woods where music is concerned, but I didn't think Love For Sale was a Rhythm Changes tune.
 

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Nobody touches Sonny Stitt on rhythm changes.....alto, tenor take your pick he lays them all to waste.
 

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Hey guys, I believe the initial inquiry was: "What do you think is the best recording of sax players playing rhythm changes." Not name your favourite jazz player :D

I'm actually a bit curious about responses too since I am tackling Rhythm Changes for the first time. My first victim is Rhythm a Ning and I have recordings of several people playing the tune and I think I like Dexter's approach the best. I have three different Dexter recordings of the tune one that runs 24:12 (on XXL) and I find that his approach is fairly similar on each go at it. I also have some pretty good recordings of Art Pepper running through Rhythm Changes on Rhythm-a-Ning that I like.

I can't imagine that anyone looking at Rhythm Changes as a whole could ignore Bird or Stitt I just don't know enough about their discographies to pick a favourite.
 

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I don't know there discographies by heart either, but you can basically pick one and there will be enough language there for you to practice for a LONG time. The other book/CD that I think is good for the bebop language (with a bit of a modern approach) is the Greg Fishman series. There is some good stuff in there too.

http://www.gregfishmanjazzstudios.com/
 

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I'm also just beginning to delve into the mysteries of the "I Rhythm Changes," so I guess I'm also wondering why DP felt the need to post that charming photo of his girlfriend;)

My vote is for Lester Young too, and this lesson is very cool:

http://people.uncw.edu/russellr/lester.html

I'm working on the Aebersold "IGR" book. Among other things, it's already taught me that I don't practice/play enough in Bflat!

Rory
 

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Well I keep hearing Coltrane and Stitt. I definitely agree. Now, what are good recordings of them playing changes. I have stitt with rollins and gillespie, but what else is some good rhythm changes by these two players?
 

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Sidney Bechet: "I got Rhythm"
Charlie Rouse w/Monk: "Rhythm-a-ning" on Criss Cross
 
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