Spin is a tune written by Rick Margitza that he recorded on his 2001 release, Memento. I’ve had this album for a couple years and have always really enjoyed this tune in particular, but only got around to transcribing it this month. It was a fun process and I’m happy to share it with you now.
Here’s a breakdown of the tune:
- Style: Jazz Waltz
- Key: F
- Form: The tune is 76 bars and roughly follows an ABA’ form (26, 26, and 24 bars) in the statement of the melody. One of the most interesting things in this tune to me is that the band plays the same chord progression in the solo sections, but aims for different cadence points leading to a form with 4 sections (16, 24, 20, and 16 bars)
- Range: The entire horn! Margitza plays from Bb1 (low Bb) to Db4 (altissimo Db). The fluidity with which Rick Margitza plays lines in the altissimo register is one of my favorite things about his playing. You can really tell that he put a lot of work to be able to play like that.
Below is a recording of the melody followed by my transcription. After that, you’ll see the recording of the solo and the transcription. Both the melody and solo are written for tenor saxophone and are not in concert pitch.