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Mack

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Many of you may know about this service, but in case you don't - some guy out in California (not sure why I think this, but the idea of some guy funding his surf lifestyle by transcribing sax solos and working on the beach via his iPhone somehow appeals...) runs a cheap transcription service - many classic solos available on www.saxsolos.com for about $1 dollar a page. He also does pretty cheap transcriptions of otherwise unavailable stuff - such as great youtube video-only performances. He recently did Branford Marsalis with Sting doing Roxanne at my request -
. It was the performance that finally persuaded me to buy a soprano and has kept me going! Check him out. (and Branford.)
 
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rhysonsax

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Saxsolos is Curtis Swift and he has done quite a few excellent transcriptions for me. I don't know about the surf lifestyle - sounds like speculation to me !

For the transcriptions he has already done (nearly 3,000 to date) it is 50 cents per page. The charge to do a new transcription varies a bit depending on how long and complex the solo is, but maybe $25.

He's done six solos by Pete Thomas so far, five of them from 'Midnight in the Naked City' and the other is 'Blues #9' from YouTube.

Highly recommended.

Rhys

PS That's lovely soprano playing by Branford.
 

jeremyjuicewah

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This is great. I searched all over for some guide to a few solos not so long ago and did not find this guy. Its juts what I was looking for.
mike
 

jazzdoh

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Yes Curtis offers a great service,i have had a number of transcriptions off him,highly recommended.

Brian
 

BigMartin

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It was the performance that finally persuaded me to buy a soprano and has kept me going! Check him out. (and Branford.)
Nice soprano playing. Shame about the bloke with the sore throat (and blocked ears?) trying to sing. >:)
 

saxplorer

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"affectionate" used ironically I reckon ... seemed a fair bit of contempt in those lyrics, that delivery ... I rather liked it >:)
 

Mack

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For truly hilarious/disturbing viewing watch Sting's documentary about his band's 1st tour in 1986, "Bring on the Night" - he is by turns deeply vain and insecure. No Police protection and surrounded by (competing with?) the likes of Marsalis, Kirkland, Jones and Hakim. But whatever the man is like, the songs speak for themselves - I can listen to "Fortess Around Your Heart" 35 years later and it still sounds fresh. Best British Songwriter of the last 40 years? Unlike Richard Thompson...
 
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dooce

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For truly hilarious/disturbing viewing watch Sting's documentary about his band's 1st tour in 1986, "Bring on the Night" - he is by turns deeply vain and insecure. No Police protection and surrounded by (competing with?) the likes of Marsalis, Kirkland, Jones and Hakim. But whatever the man is like, the songs speak for themselves - I can listen to "Fortess Around Your Heart" 35 years later and it still sounds fresh. Best British Songwriter of the last 40 years? Unlike Richard Thompson...
The Great Valerio - lyrics by Richard Thompson

High up above the crowd
The great Valerio is walking
The rope seems hung from cloud to cloud
And time stands still while he is walking
His eye is steady on the target
His foot is sure upon the rope
Alone and peaceful as a mountain
And certain as the mountain slope

We falter at the sight
We stumble in the mire
Fools who think they see the light
Prepare to balance on the wire
But we learn to watch together,
And feed on what we see above
'Till our hearts turn like the seasons
And we are acrobats of love

How we wonder, how we wonder
Watching far below
We would all be that great hero
The great Valerio

Come all you upstart jugglers
Are you really ready yet?
Who will help the tightrope walker
When he tumbles to the net
So come with me to see Valerio
As he dances through the air
I'm your friend until you use me
And then be sure I won't be there

How we wonder, how we wonder
Watching far below
We would all be that great hero
The great Valerio

Mr Thompson's not too shabby in the old wordsmith stakes either, I think......
 

saxplorer

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Always enjoyed this one:

The Hots For The Smarts
Written by Richard Thompson


I like a girl in satin
Who talks dirty in Latin
A girl who's flirty
When she quotes Krishnamurti
If she likes to be goosed
While reciting from Proust
I'll know she's my kind of creature
Among her delectables
Her intellectables
Must be her sexiest feature


CHORUS
I've got The Hots For The Smarts
The Hots For The Smarts
IQ off the charts
Give me brains over hearts
I've got The Hots For The Smarts


I like a girl from Mensa
With a furrowed brow
When the tenses get denser
She gets it - and how!
I need a polymath
Called Cindy or Cath
Who likes her Plato not too platonic
An autodidact
Who can add and subtract
While sipping her Tolstoy and tonic


I need a girl with a feel
For Faraday's wheel
A girl who'll drool
For Fleming's Left Hand Rule
Now you may like pin-ups
Of girls who do chin-ups
Like Xena the Warrior Princess
But I'll take to dinner
My Nobel Prize winner
With plutonium stains down her dress


I like a girl who knows loadsa
Kierkegaard and Spinoza
Who likes to play chess
Humming Porgy and Bess
She must be able
From her logarithmic table
To find all those decimal places
And what do I care
That she's nothing to wear
And her teeth are imprisoned in braces


I want a girl with a brain
The size of Siberia
With a haughty disdain
Of all things inferior
I don't want a learner
With a Bunsen burner
She must be the finished article
Who sees our attraction
As chemical reaction
And charm as merely a particle


I want a PHD
Who reads Linear B
Who applies her lotion
With a Brownian motion
Now some men may favour
A girl who's a raver
A tease or a saucy young minx
But I'll get undressed with
The girl I'm impressed with
Who's tunnelling under the Sphinx




Have we gone far enough off topic now?
 

Mack

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OK Mr Thompson is no slouch!

Still (and this is not going to turn into a 12 round bout!!) try these lyrics, comparing the young lives thrown away in the Great War with those lost on the streets to the heroin trade - the image of the poppy hanging over both; not bad either. I'm sure we can appreciate both Mr Thompson and Mr Sting! I will look out some more Thompson on the basis of the Valerio words...

"Children's Crusade"


Young men and soldiers, 1914
Marching through countries they'd never seen
Virgins with rifles, a game of charades
All for a Children's Crusade

Pawns in the game are not victims of chance
Strewn on the fields of Belgium and France
Poppies for young men, death's bitter trade
All of those young lives betrayed

The children of England would never be slaves
They're trapped on the wire and dying in waves
The flower of England face down in the mud
And stained in the blood of a whole generation

Corpulent generals safe behind lines
History's lessons drowned in red wine
Poppies for young men, death's bitter trade
All of those young lives betrayed
All for a Children's Crusade

Midnight in Soho, 1984
Fixing in doorways, opium slaves
Poppies for young men, such bitter trade
All of those young lives betrayed
All for a Children's Crusade
 

rhysonsax

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This isn't round four, but if we're on the subject of war-related lyrics I've always liked RT's 'Al Bowlly's in Heaven':

Well we were heroes then, and the girls were all pretty
And a uniform was a lucky charm, bought you the key to the city
We used to dance the whole night through
While Al Bowlly sang "The Very Thought Of You"
Now Bowlly's in heaven and I'm in limbo now

Well I gave my youth to king and country
But what's my country done for me but sentenced me to misery
I traded my helmet and my parachute
For a pair of crutches and a demob suit
Al Bowlly's in heaven and I'm in limbo now

Hard times, hard hard times
Hostels and missions and dosser's soup lines
Can't close me eyes on a bench or a bed
For the sound of some battle raging in my head

Old friends, you lose so many
You get run around, all over town
The wear and the tear, oh it just drives you down
St Mungo's with its dirty old sheets
Beats standing all day down on Scarborough Street
Al Bowlly's in heaven and I'm in limbo now

Can't stay here, you got to foot-slog
Once in a blue moon you might find a job
Sleep in the rain, you sleep in the snow
When the beds are all taken you've got nowhere to go

Well I can see me now, I'm back there on the dance floor
Oh with a blonde on me arm, red-head to spare
Spit on my shoes and shine in me hair
And there's Al Bowlly, he's up on a stand
Oh that was a voice and that was a band
Al Bowlly's in heaven and I'm in limbo now

Rhys

PS RT won the Ivor Novello award for songwriting and a lifetime achievement award from BBC radio.
 
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Mack

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Okay, okay, my total ignorance of Mr Thompson has been cruelly exposed for all to see - mea culpa. I shall rush out and buy an album. And yes, we are way, way off subject. But haven't we all been having fun instead of working?
 

navarro

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I would like to clear up a little misnomer about Sting. To be a true Geordie you have to be born within spitting distance of the river Tyne, along the north bank of the said river, So very few people qualify for this titular honour. The name derives from the Jacobite rebellion of 1745. Newcastle favoured the Hanoverian King George, and was a well guarded garrison. As a result the Jacobites (Stuart supporters) by-passed the town and referred to it`s inhabitants as Georges, hence the name. So endeth the lesson. regds N. :thumb:
 
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rhysonsax

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I would like to clear up a little misnomer about Sting. To be a true Geordie you have to be born within spitting distance of the river Tyne, along the north bank of the said river, So very few people qualify for this titular honour. The name derives from the Jacobite rebellion of 1745. Newcastle favoured the Hanoverian King George, and was a well guarded garrison. As a result the Jacobites (Stuart supporters) by-passed the town and referred to it`s inhabitants as Georges, hence the name. So endeth the lesson. regds N. :thumb:

Interesting stuff. Wikipedia tells me that he was born in Wallsend so how much of a spit would that be ?

Back to saxsolos.com - Curtis has done these transcriptions for me and they are some of my all time favourite solos.
  • Dexter Gordon - Willow Weep for Me
  • Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster - Blues for Yoalnde
  • Andy Sheppard - The Lord is Listenin' to Ya, Hallelujah !
  • Clifford Scott - Hippy Dippy
  • Theo Travis - I'm Coming Home
  • Candy Dulfer - Merry Christmas Baby
  • Tony Lakatos - On Green Dolphin Street
  • Coleman Hawkins - Stardust

I must have bought about another 50 transcriptions from his existing stock and he is always great to deal with.

Rhys
 
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