Doug Rosenberg’s Transcriptions #7: Walter Smith III solo on “Stablemates”

 

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To celebrate his brand-new CD, the next 5 solos will be from the horn of Walter Smith III. To my ears, he is one of the top saxophone players under the age of 40. Buy this CD now!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/still-casual/id899835367

This solo comes from a modern jazz standard, “Stablemates,” by Benny Golson. The record is simply called Live in Paris. The beginning overlaps with the trumpet solo for the last A section (14 bars). The song has an unusual form ABA of 14-8-14.

Walter’s playing is notable for athleticism, attention to harmony, and a very unique tone. There is a ton of interesting rhythmic playing, especially when he plays with the songs melody around measures 98-112. But the coolest part of the solo is the shredding of this harmonically tricky tune. Soooo much melodic invention!

If you like this music, you should buy it! I will not post youtube videos of living artists. Buy it from the website of the artist, or at a live show. Buy their music to give your family for the holidays.

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Download: Walter Smith solo on Stablemates from III Bb

Download: Walter Smith solo on Stablemates from III C

 

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