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 time for the week, but I think that this solo captures everything discussed in Parts One and Two of this series and is an amazing example of motivic continuity. One can find numerous sequences, along with a couple of cleverly placed quotes, in this solo based on “These Foolish Things.” Once I clean it up a bit I will post a concert version as well. Here is the recording:

 

 

And here is the transcription, starting at 1:24(click to get full pdf):

 

I also highly recommend checking out Doug Ramsey’s book on Desmond, Take Five, which according to this recent post on his blog, is available now as an ebook and out of print otherwise. It includes a few transcriptions and tons of photos. Thanks to Jeremy Udden, who first recommended it to me a few years back.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these posts, there is plenty more to come. Please do subscribe to this blog, and my mailing list for more updates regarding Bach Shapes, my new book for saxophone. Thanks!

 

Bach Shapes Book(PRINT): Diatonic Sequences from the Music of JS Bach

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Diatonic Sequences derived from the music of J. S. Bach, for saxophone. Includes 4 jazz etudes, an explanatory introduction and the Shapes transposed into all keys. More information at www.bachshapes.com.

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The first Bach Shapes book of sequences derived from J.S. Bach, for saxophone and all treble clef instruments.

“Jazz musicians have naturally gravitated towards the music of JS Bach for years, so a book like this one has been a long time coming. Jon has done a wonderful job capturing various snapshots of Bach’s seemingly infinite musical language, organizing these shapes in a setting that could be very useful to improvisers. A truly interesting and enjoyable book that will hopefully lead to more volumes in the future.”

Miguel Zenon, International Touring Artist

A unique approach to scale/interval practice, Bach Shapes is the music of J.S. Bach distilled to its basic elements: beautiful melodic shapes. These can be studied as technical exercises, or used as building blocks for jazz improvisation. Suitable for any instrument and currently being used by guitarists, oboists, clarinetists and more. The studies are drawn from Bach’s violin, cello, flute and keyboard music and ordered by difficulty, transposed into all keys. Learn to stretch your range and play intervals more evenly with these musical studies. At the end are four etudes based on jazz standards. The cover and interior has been beautifully designed by Chrissy Kurpeski.

“I really dig this book, there are so many musical ideas that one can find in Bach’s music. It’s about time someone like Jon comes along to organize it to be practiced by jazz musicians. It’s good both for the chops, vocabulary and knowledge of harmony. You really have to know what you’re doing when you utilize his devices.”
Dmitry Baevsky, NYC Saxophonist

“This book is great for practicing and learning really nice sounding passages from Bach in a more focused manner. All passages are transposed as well so you can focus on a particular key that needs work. The engraving is very clear and spacing very well done, its been on my music stand for a while now and has really been fun!”
–Andrew Hadro, NYC Freelance Saxophonist

 

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1 review for Bach Shapes Book(PRINT): Diatonic Sequences from the Music of JS Bach

  1. Everette Macy Colquette

    LOVE this book. I actually use it for flute. I start every practice by turning on a drone of whatever note I’ll start with, then I run through the exercises. For fun, I practice different modes with the exercises 🙂 Great book for a beginner like me that has significantly improved my expression, my tone, and my speed.

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  1. Fascinating and fantastic fun to follow your transcription and listen to some Desmond. Thanks.

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