I just finished two solo transcriptions of saxophone master Sonny Stitt playing the blues which you can download for free on my transcriptions page. I believe it's important to learn and analyze the musical language of the masters when studying any particular type of music. Thus, a study of Jazz saxophone would not be complete without digging into Sonny Stitt.
Bud's Blues is a recording from 1949 with Stitt on Tenor. It is a Bb blues, transposed to C for tenor sax. Stitt plays one chorus of the melody followed by four choruses of improvisation.
Cool Blues is a recording from 1958 with Stitt on Alto. It is an Eb blues transposed to C to alto sax. Stitt plays one chorus of the melody followed by six choruses of improvisation. Then, after laying out for 3 choruses for the piano, he plays two more choruses of improvisation and one last chorus of the melody.
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