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Transcribed: Charlie Parker – Score of 4 Relaxin’ At Camarillo Solos


I’ve taken all of the solos I transcribed on Relaxin’ At Camarillo and put them in a score. The take is listed at the beginning of each stave. It’s pretty cool to look at these solos stacked up like this. There are a few instances where Charlie Parker played exactly the same line in the same spot in 2 different solos; a few rhythms line up like that, too. I will be taking a look at these and doing some analysis that I’ll share in the days to come. Enjoy!

Transcribed: Charlie Parker – Relaxin’ At Camarillo (Take C)

From the four takes that we have of Relaxin’ At Camarillo, Take C is the one that was chosen for release. This was actually the first of these solos I transcribed. The difference between this and the others was that I learned this one by ear and committed it to memory before writing it down. With the others, I listened to the recording and slowed it down using Transcribe!, wrote down what I heard, and checked it with my alto when I had it all written down. I thought that would be a good, practical application of the ear training I’ve been doing lately.

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Transcribed: Charlie Parker – Relaxin’ At Camarillo (Take E)

Here is another take from “The Complete Dial Sessions.” After putting this 3rd take down on paper, I’m beginning to see some patterns emerge throughout. I’ll share some of those in a later post.

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Transcribed: Charlie Parker – Relaxin’ At Camarillo (Take D)

Here is the next take of Relaxin’ At Camarillo. If you look at the 8th and 9th bars of each chorus, you’ll see that they’re almost exactly the same. Also, check out the 4th bar of the second chorus. To my ears, it sounds like a mistake and the last two notes are articulated in kind of an unusual way.

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Transcribed: Charlie Parker – Relaxin’ At Camarillo (Take A)

I’m spending a lot of time with Charlie Parker right now and thought I’d share a little bit of my work. This solo can be found on “The Complete Dial Sessions” by Charlie Parker. It’s a 4-disc set and has multiple takes of several tunes. It’s neat to listen and hear the differences and similarities between takes. I did have to adjust the pitch on this recording. “Relaxin’ At Camarillo” is a blues in C and the recording was flat by over a quarter-step, so it sounded like it was in B. I will be posting transcriptions of the other takes in the next few days.

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