I’ve decided to move on from Hank Mobley for the moment and change strategies. One of the main things I’m working on right is learning tunes. I’ve been working on a couple of rhythm changes heads over the last couple weeks and thought it would be good to transcribe a solo with those changes to tie things together.
This particular solo is taken from the 1958 album, “Everybody Digs Bill Evans.” The trio on this recording is Bill Evans with Sam Jones on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. This solo shows Bill Evans using several melodic fragments/shapes and moving them around. This occurs sometimes in the form of a sequence (bars 41-44, 2nd A section of the 2nd chorus), but more often this movement is done chromatically and moves in and out of the changes. It really shows that a strong melodic line can stand on its own, regardless of its relationship to the chord changes.
Rhythmically, parts of this solo were difficult to notate, particularly the 3rd chorus. There is a 3/8 figure (an eighth-note triplet followed by an eighth note) that is played and repeated over the 4/4 meter. This creates a few awkward divisions of the beat, but I think that looking at the transcription while listening to the solo will help anyone make more sense of what’s going on there. It looks more complicated than it really is.