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Upcoming Events!

I’ve got a couple of really cool shows coming up that I wanted to share. The first one is on March 13 at Red Rock Casino with a new band called The Dirty. Check out the website to get a feel for what we’re doing.

The other show is with the Rockie Brown Band. That’s coming up on March 22nd at the Downtown Container Park. Rockie Brown Band is also in the studio now recording an album. I’ll be posting some photos and videos from the sessions soon.
You can find more details about the gigs by clicking on the Events tab at the top of the page.

Upcoming Moksha Tour Dates

Moksha will be hitting the road on Wednesday (7/28) for a two-week tour of California. We just played on the rooftop of Binion’s Horseshoe Casino on Fremont St. in Las Vegas this past weekend. The shows were a lot of fun with great crowds (good numbers and good people!). Moksha has a base of really dedicated fans who really support us a lot. We couldn’t do what we do without them.

A shot from the rooftop by Erik Kabik (Notice that it was 95°. This photo was taken at around 1:00am. Ahhh, summertime in Vegas.)

As for the tour, I will be joining the band for dates in Berkeley, CA on August 5-7. We’ll be playing at Blakes on Telegraph for the Phish Aftershow Party. The rest of the horn section will include Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) on trumpet and Jeff Cressman (Santana) on trombone. For a complete listing of tour dates and links to buy tickets, check out www.mokshatime.com and click on the tour tab at the top of the page.

Transcribed: Lenny Pickett – On The Serious Side

This is another solo I transcribed to help me get my stuff together for the Tower of Power cover band I’m playing with. “On The Serious Side” is from Tower of Power’s 1975 In The Slot album. An interesting thing about this solo is that Lenny Pickett plays it on alto saxophone. The band leader for the cover band told me this was kind of a tribute to Maceo Parker and that’s the reason for going with the alto.

LP takes two solos on the recording – one in the middle and the other close to the end. They’re both 9 measures long and the first bar in both is a pickup measure. Both solos are built around a minor pentatonic scale with an added 6th. The intervals for the scale are 1, b3, 4, 5, 6, b7 (A, C, D, E, F#, G).

LP also uses false fingerings on 16th note lines where he repeats A2 (A above the staff). The “o” and “+” denotes this. The “o” is the regular fingering. For the “+”, you’ll add 1,2, and 3 on your right hand. I’m not entirely sure he’s doing it in the first solo or if he’s kind of half-tonguing, but the false fingerings were the best way for me to play it. You can experiment with it and come to your own conclusions. If you do, please feel free to comment on that.

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Transcribed: Diggin’ On James Brown

I recently began playing tenor saxophone with a Tower of Power cover band. This isn’t a style of music I have a lot of experience playing, so I decided to transcribe a few solos to get a better handle on what the guys in TOP were playing. The first solo I transcribed was the studio version of “Diggin’ On James Brown” from Tower of Power’s Souled Out album. The solo was played by David Mann.

The solo is very short – it’s only 8 measures plus a pick up. The note choices are pretty much all inside the changes and there’s a strong sense of groove and melody. As notated below, the entire solo is 8va. The trill marked in the next to last measure is played with the right hand E side key. I’ve also included the time code below the first system. The solo starts at 3:01 on the recording. You can click on the solo to see an enlarged version.

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