A lesson from John Scofield and Lester Young

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  1. Erik8

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    John Scofield makes his students learn this solo by Lester Young.

     
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    You know that's kind of not surprising from what I read.,Lester Young was the man before guys like Charlie Parker hit the scene.
    But yeah that was way before my time and to be honest I'm quite ignorant about Jazz..would love to learn more.
     
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    John Scofield: " I teach a little at NYU and I made my students learn Lester Young’s solo in “Lady Be Good” from 1936. It’s a beautiful solo, it’s lyrical, and swings like hell. So I had to learn that because I was making my students learn it. It was fun, we could play it together, and people could sing it. It’s swinging like crazy, but it doesn’t have as many notes in it like a Charlie Parker solo. It’s got space in it and it’s playable. You can play it on a bass or tuba."
     
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    That is great!

    I had a teacher that made me (all of his students) learn Hank Mobley's "The best things in life are free" solo ...


    Solo starts at 0:41
    More for intermediate jazzers. It's got chord tones, great examples of alt. and ext. tones, some scalar playing, stellar phrasing and a little bit of blues. IMO - a perfect solo.
     
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    Great:D
     
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    I can see that. Good find, and tasty solo!
     
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