How to play JAZZ on the mandolin
Click on the links below to access the material. All these are arranged for 4 or 5 string mandolin.
Wynton Kelly Transcriptions
Pianist Wynton Kelly's solo from the classic Hank Mobley recording "Soul Station" on the Blue Note label. This is a great album that should be in every Jazz lovers collection.
I arranged the solo for 5 string mandolin. Because Kelly plays a lot of the solo in a very high register, I transposed it an octave lower from measure 15 to the end.
Here is the cut from the record.
Here is me playing the solo about 1/2 speed.
Wes Montgomery Transcriptions
Solo only from the recording called "The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery". Arranged for 5 string mandolin.
Head and solo, arranged for 4 string mandolin. The melody fits very nicely on mandolin and the chords are straight forward. Not difficult solo for Wes, it's all single note. No octaves or chord soloing. A very good look into his single note style.
Here is a video of me playing Wes' solo much slower than him
Wes' complete epic solo from "The Incredible Jazz Guitar" album. Single notes, octaves and chord soloing. One of Wes' best solos, arranged for 4 string mandolin. My favorite Jazz guitar solo of all time.
3 choruses of single note soloing, 4 choruses of improvised chord melody soloing arranged for 5 string mandolin. A terrific intro to Wes' style, from "The Further Adventures of Jimmy (Smith) and Wes" recording on Verve.
Here I play the solo slowly.
Can anybody tell I'm a huge fan of Wes Montgomery?? This is the short single note solo arranged for 4 string mandolin from "The Further Adventures of Jimmy (Smith) and Wes" recording on Verve. They take a non Jazz tune and swing it like nobodys business.
Here is the head and Wes' first chorus transcription arranged for 5 string mandolin. This is one of my favorite Wes originals from the Verve era. Great rhythm section on this tune!!!
The first chorus follows the chord progression of the melody. After that, the tune goes modal on a Cm7 for the rest of the tune and Wes swithches from single note soloing to octaves to the end of the piece. Wes plays it here:
One of Birds typical heads on the changes of I've Got Rhythm, this transcription features a lot of Parker’s signature licks and phrases. Arranged for 4 string mandolin.
Cannonball Adderley Transcriptions
Cannonball Adderley's 1st chorus form the "Portrait of Cannonball" album, arranged for 4 string mandolin.
Clifford Brown Transcriptions
Clifford Brown's complete solo from Art Blakey's "A Night At Birdland, Vol 2" album arranged for 4 string mandolin. Also available on the Blue Note Brown box set.
Charlie Christian Transcriptions
Charlie Christians multi chorus solo from a famous jam session, available on many of his CDs. Some of the earliest bebop language is in this terrific swinging solo. Arranged for 5 string mandolin. For 4 string mandolins, just play the C string notes one octave higher.
Other transcriptions to come, keep checking back
Last update 9/07/2013