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.