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Miles Davis Jazz trumpet solo transcription over Freddie the Freeloader

Posted on January 25, 2015 by Sweets

I wanted to write about this Miles Davis Jazz trumpet solo over Freddie the Freeloader Jazz standard because of how simple Miles Davis keeps the solo. Miles never goes crazy with it and he makes really good use of space (silence) in his trumpet solo.

A lot of times in today’s Jazz music musicians tend to forget to K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid). What I mean is they never take a break in their improv solos. Instead, they constantly play as much as possible to fit every note and idea in. I wouldn’t say this is a rookie thing to do, but if you think about the listener, they most likely don’t want to hear all kinds of notes anyway as they are trying to listen and relax. So it’s best to be creative like Miles Davis and not play too many notes. And don’t forget to use a lot of space in your Jazz solos.

What do you think?

Is it a good idea to think about K.I.S.S. when you are taking a ride or does it really even matter?

Please share your thoughts below.





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2 to “Miles Davis Jazz trumpet solo transcription over Freddie the Freeloader”

  1. Syd Potter says:

    I absolutely agree with “KISS” rarely does one need to play everything in one solo no matter what tempo.

    BTW there are some errors in the transcription. I can point them out but I am sure you can find them: @ 1:00 and 1:57 mainly And why omit the very cool drops, 1/2 valves and ghost notes that are so much a part of Miles’ style?

    Keep up the great stuff here! How about some Kenny Dorham?

    Sweets Reply:

    Kenny Dorham trumpet solos are very much welcome here. Thanks for pointing out those errors in the video.



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