Bach Shapes Video

For those of you interested in how some of the etudes sound from my new book, Bach Shapes, here is “20,000 Fugues”, based on “How Deep is the Ocean?” Joining me is Stefan Vasnier on the piano.   This is our first attempt to play some of the material from the book, and I also […]

Bach Shapes eBook Now Available!

I had a surprising amount of requests for a downloadable version of Bach Shapes last week, so here it is!     I humbly request that you don’t share this to Scribd or any such sites if you can help it! The download is a good option for our European customers until I can find […]

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 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 […]