This is another oddity - along with Miles' Bitches Brew - that was truly difficult to transcribe. It was merely a bold attempt to analyze the tune and therefore it's essential no to stick to the chart too literally but "go with the flow". The song has been covered by several jazz musicians (e.g. Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis and Joe Lovano) but I haven't seen the tune in any fake book around. Guess it's high time to fill in the gap.
The rhythmic phrasing of alto sax in Coda is transcribed hastily and should be revised.
Please share your thoughts on the chart - all suggestions are welcome!
Here's another interpretation of the tune. The rhytmic values in the chart are primarily a subjective interpretation of the theme than a metrically precise transcription. Although the horns play the melody in rubato, the drums play in a somewhat strict tempo for heads and solos.
Thanks for this transcription. I've spent a couple of days working this out on guitar, and I was close, but now I've really honed in on it! ;) I love the mix of eastern european and blues feels in this tune. I do prefer the first pdf notation with separate alto, cornet and bass parts.
you got most of the notes right, but your rhythm is mostly incorrect. The melody often invokes a triplet phrasing, but is actually quarter notes. there are no 16th notes in the melody. the entire tune is in 4/4 except that at the end of each section is a 2 beat rest. even though the melody is being played very loosely (in regards to the beat) the notes still fall on the beat. give your transcription to someone who has never heard the tune and have them learn it, you'll see that what they are playing is very different from what ornette is playing. if you need a more in time version for help check out john zorn's version off of naked city.
good start and effort, you probably can play with the recording and thats the most import thing
Thank you for this. We could probably debate forever on how to notate this accurately. Personally, I question if a totally accurate rendering is possible, or even desirable. But a solid basis like this is a great help. I would like to make one suggestion: If you're trying to describe the original performance, I think the description of the soloing section as "Open" could be a little misleading. They are definitely improvising over the song structure. You will hear the AABA form easily if you listen for it.
Thanks alot for these sheets, and information.
One of my favorite songs!
I was wondering if anyone here knows the chords played on the version of B. Marsalis?
Or maybe someone has any helpful tips (or something) on how to (improve my) listen(ing) to be able to figure these out on my own?