Here’s a transcription of Cannonball Adderley’s solo on Charlie Parker’s “Au Privave” from 1960’s Cannonball Adderley and the Poll-Winners. I first heard this on a compilation called Cannonball Adderley: Jazz Profile and have always liked the solo he took on this tune. It’s only three choruses and there are some great lines. This solo, like a lot of Cannonball Adderley’s playing, is also a study in articulation. There’s a lot of variety in terms of groupings, length of notes, and accents. Wes Montgomery also takes a really nice solo on this tune and that might be the next solo I cover on the blog.
For anyone unfamiliar with this tune, it is a 12-bar blues in F concert. The transcribed solo is transposed for the alto saxophone.