John Coltrane on “Oleo”

This one takes me right back to my first year at music college. I don’t think there would have been a better way to start off that phase of my musical development than four chorus’ of Coltrane on a rhythm changes: even today, there’s a lot of gifts I’ve left unclaimed. For me, studying how Coltrane makes use of the bebop scale in a creative manner was something that really helped my playing grow (you’ll see what I mean when you see the pdf below). Coltrane throws out an abundance of Melody throughout this whole solo: I’m certain that if you’d ask me to sing this solo in ten years time,  note for note, I’d have little trouble doing so.

The transcription itself comes from the album Relaxin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet which was part of a series of legendary albums released on the Prestige Label that were recorded between two recording dates: May 11th and October 26th 1956 and released in March 1958.

Personnel includes:

Miles Davis – trumpet
John Coltrane – tenor saxophone
Red Garland – piano
Paul Chambers – bass
Philly Joe Jones – drums

John Coltrane Oleo

Photo by Hugo Van Gelderen from Wikimedia Commons


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