Monty Python – Pantomime Horses

I was asked for help finding a recording of this 5-bar wonder, for use at the 2018 London Pantomime Horse Race charity event on 16 December. The tune features, to the point of ridiculousness, in the Monty Python’s Flying Circus Pantomime Horses sketch.

I’ve no idea the true name for this jingle and was unable to find any trace of it anywhere, so with no apparent alternatives I recorded it myself as a one-man-band. Six parts plus the first two doubled. The faux tuba and trombone tracks (played on flugelhorn and slide trumpet respectively) were dropped an octave thanks to digital effects on my mixer. My understanding is that this recording is expected to be played ad nauseam at the London event.

I can’t imagine anyone will ever need or want this ever again. But someone did once, so here it is just in case history ever repeats itself.

Resource:

Monty Python - Pantomime Horses trumpet charts. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Bobby Byrd – I Know You Got Soul

Transcribed for 2 trumpets, tenor sax, and trombone. The trombone part is also transposed and provided for a 2nd (optional) tenor sax, in case you find trombone players as scarce as I do.

I’ve included a transcription of Fred Wesley’s trombone solo, courtesy of Alex Leong’s magnificent work at trombonealex.com. Alex has some mighty fine trombone transcriptions on his site, so be sure to check them out and recognize his artistry!

Resources:

Bobby Byrd - I Know You Got Soul - Trumpet, Tenor Sax, Trombone charts. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Chuck Mangione – To the 80’s

To the 80’s is a lesser-known piece composed by my musical hero, Chuck Mangione. Chuck recorded this tune on his 1982 album Love Notes, and it has always been a favorite.

Here we have my note-for-note transcription of Chuck’s improvised flugelhorn solo, which I play in the video above in tribute to Chuck.

Chris Vadala’s incredible improvised sax solo is not for the faint-hearted to pen or play, so for a transcription, I enlisted the services of Curtis at saxsolos.com. The sax solo is available for download from Curtis’ site, which I recommend for study and to satisfy any curiosity as to Chris’ greatness. My buddy Jimmy did an amazing job to incorporate many elements of Chris’ solo in his own performance.

The video above was skillfully created by my good friend Frank Gtrmn. Frank makes awesome videos, and I’m so grateful for his fine work here!

Update: I was honored beyond belief to learn that Chuck Mangione saw and heard my video tribute. After sharing the video on Facebook I received the following comment from Chuck’s niece, Sweet Cheryl Lynn:

Chuck Mangione's feedback to seeing and hearing my recording of To the 80's.

Resources:

Flugelhorn solo transcribed by me and free for you to use. The sax solo was transcribed by Curtis and is available for download at saxsolos.com.

Chuck Mangione - To the 80's - Flugelhorn Solo Transcription. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com Chuck Mangione - To the 80's - Chris Vadala Sax Solo Transcription. Transcribed by SaxSolos.com

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Glen Campbell – Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)

Glen Campbell’s arrangement of Cindy Walker’s composition. Not to be confused with Roy Orbison’s arrangement…

Resources:

Glen Campbell - Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) - Trumpet. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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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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