Welcome to my first transcription post ever. I’m happy to start with one of my favorite bass solos from a recent record.
I first heard Cecile McLorin Salvant’s record “Woman Child” while I was on a cold weekend beach vacation early last January, and it was all I wanted to listen to for the rest of the weekend. The record contains some phenomenal arrangements and performances from Aaron Diehl and Salvant, and a few others (I especially like the arrangement of “Jitterbug Waltz”), but I was mainly inspired by Rodney Whitaker’s swing, melody, and intonation. I latched onto his “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” solo because it had so many nice rhythmic, melodic, and double time ideas in just one (albeit long-form) chorus.
The double time bebop ideas from mm. 13-14, mm. 25-26, and mm. 33-34 are similar in composition, but are played over a different set of changes each time. They have proved useful tools in my bebop vocabulary. I also have used the blues ideas from mm. 15-20 on many occasions.
I have always found the two weeks right after Christmas to be some of the least inspiring artistically, and this is how I get out of that rut. I transcribed and learned this solo exactly a year ago, and it was a worthwhile, fun project to focus on. Now, a year later, I’ve played this solo so many times for myself, I figured I would share it with you! Enjoy, and please feel free to share any thoughts, questions or comments.
Keep getting down,