Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster (Jammin’)

A well-known classic, I thought I would have no trouble finding a chart for this online. But what I discovered was that all the arrangements I found had deviated from Stevie Wonder’s classic and morphed into something else. That’s well and good if you’ve got a 17-piece big band and you want to take the song to a new place, but I was keen for this to be played as a tribute to Stevie in the manner in which he intended.

So here we have my transcriptions of the trumpet and sax parts for Master Blaster (Jammin’), just as Stevie Wonder’s musicians recorded for his 1980 album Hotter than July.

Resources:

Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster - Trumpet+Tenor Sax. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Erik Truffaz – Let Me Go! (feat. Sophie Hunger)

Some understated harmon-muted lines from French jazz trumpeter Erik Truffaz.

Resources:

Erik Truffaz - Let Me Go - Trumpet chart. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Snarky Puppy feat. Shayna Steele – Gone Under

These Snarky Puppy guys are incredible. There are multiple videos on YouTube of their live studio recordings, showing the most incredible performances captured live, flawlessly, and seemingly without studio overdubs. Gone Under, from the DVD album Family Dinner – Volume One is no exception.

Charts here are for 2 x trumpets and 1 x tenor sax.

Resources:

Snark Puppy - Gone Under - Trumpets Tenor Sax. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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The Ballad of Gilligan’s Island

What started as a silly joke was suddenly and unexpectedly taken seriously by my musical collaborators. Despite my initial reluctance to invest any time in this, it ended up being a lot of fun to play the Gilligan’s Island Theme with my friends while being true to the original TV recording.

This made us think of those accomplished and talented studio musicians who find themselves playing corny and catchy jingles with hooks, but with true conviction and professionalism. So that’s what we tried to do here.

Trombone parts from the original recording are transcribed for flugelhorn.

Resources:

The Ballad of Gilligan's Island - Trumpet. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Etta James – You Can Leave Your Hat On (Funk Ferret Edit)

Tired of the Joe Cocker and Tom Jones versions of this song? This version by Etta James was like a breath of fresh air when brought to my attention.  Though I’ll admit I was tempted to play lines from Superstition along with it. 😉

Resources:

Etta James-You Can Leave Your Hat On-Funk Ferret Edit-Trumpet. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Sting – Fortress Around Your Heart

My favorite Sting song since 1985, from Sting’s debut solo album The Dream of the Blue Turtles. Featuring some of the best young jazz artists of the day: the late great Kenny Kirkland, keyboards; Branford Marsalis, soprano sax; Omar Hakim, drums; Darryl Jones, bass. Although, I think I once read somewhere that Sting played bass for this song on the album. Not sure…

Anyway, Branford’s soprano sax lines were some of the coolest I’d ever heard, and always have my attention when I listen to the album. So it was inevitable that at some stage I would transcribe them and record as best I could on trumpet.

Despite this being a blog for trumpet transcriptions, here’s my soprano sax transcription…

Resources:

Sting - Fortress Around Your Heart - Soprano Sax chart. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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