This summer I have been working on a fantastic Chris Potter Solo. It’s on one of my all time favorite records PAUL MOTIAN & E.B.B. - MONK & POWELL. Below you can find a version of me playing along with it and there’s also a pdf version of the solo for you to download.
The last couple of weeks I spent some time practicing a beautiful solo by Stan Getz on the Jazzstandard 'Out of nowhere'. It's an absolutely amazing solo! Stan is on the left, myself on the right channel:
Over the last months I have been working on a famous solo by Lennie Tristano. The tune is called "Line Up" and is based on the chord progression of the Jazz standard "All of Me". Most notably, the recording is originally overdubbed on a bass and drums track, but also allegedly recorded at half speed an octave below and then sped up for the final recording. The timbre of the piano and the abundance of micro-accents within lines at the speed of the recording are obvious traces of this process.
I found it to be a compelling task to record the solo in the original tempo on tenor sax. It forced me e.g. to use circular breathing within the lines and to find alternate fingering combinations for difficult parts. I decided to retain the result of this eternal practice process in a video. Here it is: