Melody for C

Yet another Sonny Clark classic.  Most of Sonny’s compositions are fun, swinging and easy to play, and I hope these recent posts will inspire people to buy his albums and perform his music.

Melody for C

Melody for C

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6 thoughts on “Melody for C

  1. John

    Do the people who transcribe for the site work for the site or is it simply random folks submitting? The reason I ask is because much of the material seems very old and dated so I wondered if the site wanted this kind of material or it just worked out that way naturally.

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    1. noteheads Post author

      Hi John, thanks for checking out the site. I do all the transcriptions myself in my free time, and often they are based on requests by bandmates or readers of the site. I play a lot of “straight ahead” jazz gigs with players who are interested in getting away from the same few standards everyone seems to call on jam sessions, so many times I target tunes that fit the gig stylistically and are easy to read in lead sheet form on the bandstand. The modern tunes I feature on the site are transcriptions I’ve done for fun, because the songs caught my ear and I wanted to get deeper into what’s going on compositionally. So it’s partly by design (I like to highlight older jazz players who I feel are underrepresented in real books) and partly by convenience (I don’t have much free time these days) that the material here skews older. Also I try not to post songs that are already available online, and many modern artists sell their lead sheets on their personal websites so it would be unethical of me to give them away for free. In any case, I plan to post more modern tunes in 2016 so stay tuned!

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  2. Paul

    I was just trying to learn this lede myself by ear. Checked here, and may I suggest that the first note of bar 8 should be an Eb and not E? Let me know if you agree or disagree.

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    1. noteheads Post author

      Hi Paul, thanks for visiting the site. After going back to listen, it still sounds like the trumpet plays an E natural to me on both heads, though the horns are not exactly in tune on this recording. Sonny himself sometimes plays a Bb and Eb over the G7 chord, especially leading into each new solo, but he plays mostly E naturals on these bars during his own solo so I suspect it’s a stylistic choice to add tension rather than built into the structure of the tune; not to mention, an Eb doesn’t seem to fit the character of the melody, which has no other digressions from natural tensions throughout.

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