The rhythm section of Cedar Walton (piano), David Williams (bass) and Billy Higgins (drums) lay down a deep groove on this F minor vamp while Jackie McLean plays an amazing alto solo that’s 1 minute and 20 seconds of pure bliss! Check out his use of a variety of inside and outside improvisation concepts on this F Minor vamp. A lot of great use of whole-tone and diminished scales as well as harmonic minor, and some interesting runs off the Ebm6 chord too. A lot of it goes by pretty fast, so spend some time just listening to it, and then work through the transcription one phrase at a time. You’re sure to learn some cool new concepts!
Download the pdf: Jackie McLean Nature Boy vamp (no tab)
Listen to Jackie’s solo here:
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