Crazy Rhythm (Oscar Pettiford bassline and solo)

I transcribed this from an old Coleman Hawkins record featuring Oscar Pettiford on bass.  I sometimes show it to students of mine because it’s a nice example of how to compose an effective walking bassline.  Oscar uses a few simple ideas to give motion and color to the harmony, and his timing is impeccable.  The bass solo shows off Oscar’s dexterity and motivic development, as well as presaging the solo style of the next generation of greats like Paul Chambers.  Soon I’ll add a new page to this site that digs deeper into some instructive playing by important bassists, so stay tuned for that.

Crazy Rhythm (OPettiford bassline)Crazy Rhythm (OPettiford bassline) – Score

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Here’s a Tadd Dameron tune written over the changes to “Out of Nowhere”, one of only a few of these contrafacts I know (the others being Fats Navarro’s “Nostalgia”, Ornette Coleman’s “Jayne”, and Lennie Tristano’s “317 East 32nd Street”).  Can you think of others based on this chord progression?

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