Tune written by Horace Silver. His solo comes first, then Joe Henderson on Tenor Sax.
At about 3:55 Joe Henderson starts his solo.
Listen to the solo a few times. Write down a few phrases you like. Then leave a comment with where exactly they happen. For example, 4:02 – 4:08. Then I’ll show you how to play those phrases after you have demonstrated you can play the melody.
You can get the sheet music/recording to play along with for the song and some others in the Jamey Aebersold book, Volume 54 – Maiden Voyage
The melody is played twice from 0:08 to 1:40. The form for the melody is “A A B “. A is one section of the melody and B is a different section, sometimes called a ‘bridge’.
In the recording, the melody is played twice.
A A B A A B, then into solos.
Have started working on this, here’s what the first phrase looks like (as I played it)
And here’s what it sounds like, at speed, slowed down, and at speed again.
355_400_Joe_Henderson_Saxophone_Tribe (mp3, right click and save)
This first part is played over a G- (G minor) chord for tenor sax which is a D- chord for alto sax.
The first note is the root of that chord. And this first phrase doesn’t deviate much from the chord tones. The solo starts pretty simply and then gets pretty crazy quickly!
Three notes, then four notes, then a section with six notes.
For tenor, the notes are G Bb C, G, C, Bb, G G, Bb, C, F, A C
For alto, that would be D, F, G D, G, F, D D, F, G, C, E, G
Playing like Joe Henderson is much more than playing just the notes, listen carefully to the phrasing and articulation. Not every note is tongued!
Try playing this phrase, listen to how I played it and listen to the original.
I’ll do a few more phrases, but after thinking about it, the beginning parts of this solo are more manageable, the later parts get fairly crazy. So get the first parts first.
There’s another listening assignment the solo by Miles Davis on So What. There will be more phrases you take from there and use more places.
Part of my philosophy on improvisation is that you take the simplest building blocks and make something interesting. But if you don’t have the simplest parts mastered, nothing you build will sound that good.