I just finished writing out Hank Mobley’s solo on There Will Never Be Another You from The Jazz Message of Hank Mobley. I’ve been working on and learning this solo for a few weeks now and made sure I had it down in a really solid way before committing it to paper or even trying to play it on the horn. First, using Audacity, I edited the sound file so that it only contained the solo. After that, I loaded it onto itunes and burned a cd of the solo. Next, I listened. I listened in the car. I listened at work. I listened when I ate. I listened…. you get the idea. Following that was singing along with the solo, and when I could do that and felt like I was getting everything, I started playing it on the saxophone. It may sound like overkill, but I think there’s a lot of value in this kind of immersive learning. I feel like this solo is burned into my brain now.
Anyway… Hank Mobley takes a 2-chorus solo and then later on splits a chorus of fours with Donald Byrd, who is playing trumpet. There Will Never Be Another You is a 32-bar ABAC form song, usually played in Eb concert. The transcribed solo is written for tenor saxophone in the transposed key of F.