Bach and the Intervallic Sequences of Paul Desmond Part 3

I thought I would break from the format a bit this week for the last installment of this Paul Desmond series, and give you a complete two chorus transcription of Paul’s brilliant playing on “Wintersong” from 1957’s Blues in Time, with Gerry Mulligan. I won’t break this down today, as the transcription ate up my blogging […]

Bach Shapes eBook coming June 15

I’m happy to announce that the Bach Shapes eBook will be available as a downloadable PDF next week on June 15th. For now it will only be available here on my site. The response has been great so far, and if you have the book please do send me your feedback and if you get […]

Bach and the Intervallic Sequences of Paul Desmond Part 2

I’d like to continue looking at some of Paul Desmond’s recorded output today, expanding on the ideas in the last article. We discussed Paul’s use of sequential phrases over sometimes extended stretches of a tune, superimposing a Bach-like structure over standard chord changes. Here is another from early on, in 1954, live with the Brubeck […]

Bach and the Intervallic Sequences of Paul Desmond

  Bach Shapes, my new book of interval shapes for saxophone, officially releases today. You can pick up a copy in my online store. To commemorate the release I want to take a moment to look at how one of my saxophone heroes, Paul Desmond, regularly employed material like the shapes in the book in […]

Bach Shapes Press Release

Below is the press release for my new book, Bach Shapes, out May 25.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   ​​ BACH SHAPES, A NEW SAXOPHONE BOOK THAT COMBINES BAROQUE MELODIES WITH A JAZZ APPROACH, RELEASES MAY 25. May 12, 2017 New York, NY – Bach Shapes, a new method book for saxophone that utilizes baroque melodies for […]