Charles Aznavour – Désormais

This song is in French. I’ve no idea what I just transcribed and recorded, and there’s no Wikipedia page to solve the mystery and explain it to me! 😱

Though it sounds to be a classic from the golden era of the 1960s. There must have been a lot of work for orchestral players playing pop songs back then…

Resources:

Charles Aznavour - Désormais - Trumpet chart. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Miles Davis – All Blues (Coda)

I was looking for a note-for-note transcription of All Blues, from Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue album, and I was fortunate enough to find the great work by Juanjo Molina on his jazz trumpet transcription site. Juanjo’s transcription takes us from the start of the track, through the heads and up to the end of Miles’ solo.

But I wanted the coda too, which was subtly different to the beginning. So I transcribed that part myself. Of course, that was infinitely easier to do that the task Juanjo undertook!

To get the whole piece you’ll need to download Juanjo’s transcription and then this one to pick up the ending as Miles Davis played it on the original recording.

Resources:

Miles Davis - All Blues - Trumpet (Coda) Transcription. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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The Corrs – Everybody Hurts

The Corrs performed a wonderful live version of R.E.M.’s hit song, contrasting the original and featuring violin.

This transcription breaks the rules a little because it’s not for trumpet. Instead, I wrote this one out for my amazingly talented friend Ynping Mak to perform on violin.

Resources:

The Corrs - Everybody Hurts - Violin. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Don Ellis – Princess Leia’s Theme

At the direction of Atlantic records, trumpet legend Don Ellis recorded a Star Wars-themed album to capitalize on the 1977 Star Wars craze that was sweeping the galaxy. He hastily arranged and recorded jazz-influenced versions of the Star Wars Main Theme and Princess Leia’s Theme, as well as several original compositions that were rebadged with galactic-sounding names. These were thrown together in the studio with his orchestra less than a week before embarking on a tour to the Montreux Jazz Festival.

The Montreux tour and its supporting live album were triumphant and hugely successful, while the Star Wars album garnered little or no recognition from jazz enthusiasts. But that didn’t stop Dad buying me the LP in 1978, and it certainly didn’t stop me playing the album for years afterward.

I recently rediscovered the Don Ellis Star Wars album while digitizing my LP collection, and latched onto Princess Leia’s Theme. To my ears, the arrangement is a fresh-sounding take on a truly beautiful orchestral piece. It was wonderful to be able to transcribe and record this arrangement of the tune, in tribute to the great talents of John Williams, Don Ellis, and Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher, all at once.

Below you’ll find my transcribed score and charts for trumpets, trombones, French horns, alto sax, clarinets, violins, cello, and chords for guitar/keys/bass. I’ve separately provided my transcription of Don Ellis’ improvised flugelhorn solo. My sincere thanks to my friends Ynping Mak for assistance in transcribing the trickiest of the violin lines, Yoichi Kishi for identifying the chords, and Luciano Baêta for his great video production. And, of course, everyone who recorded this piece with me.

Resources:

Don Ellis - Princess Leia's Theme - Flugelhorn Solo. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com Don Ellis - Princess Leia's Theme - Score & Parts. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Lafayette Afro Rock Band – Hihache

Currently, I’m impatiently waiting for the rhythm section to be recorded so I can lay down this cool trumpet part. But here’s the chart you don’t have to wait…

Resources:

Lafayette Afro Rock Band - Hihache - Trumpet chart. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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