Transcription: J.J. Johnson

It's a bit of a (much needed) slow week. The semester's practically over and now I'm getting prepared for summer projects. I figured it would be good to post this transcription that I did years ago. From the 1954 album, Jay & Kai, the recording features J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Billy Bauer, Charles Mingus and Kenny Clarke. It was one of the first solo transcriptions that I ever completed, and features some great techniques, licks and basic chromatic ideas typical of Johnson's playing. In addition to being a superb blues solo, it's also a good teaching tool. Enjoy!

Jay's solo begins after the interlude at 2:15.[youtube=]