i really want to transcribe some of the modern jazz pianists comping (behind a soloist), but i find it impossible to hear all these notes. now that lead me to think about the fact that there are very few comping transcriptions available, eventough in this modern age, we can easily record in midi, which you can later print out as a leadsheet. you can even record midi with a regular piano, so i find it very strange that no one has recorded themselves comp in this manner and published the transcriptions. do you know if there is something like that available? perhaps you would like to record yourself? let's say you have a jazz quartet, all you have to do is plug in your keyboard to a computer, and then the quartet plays to the metronome in the recording program, and every note should fall right in place.
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there are transcription books of comping: mark levine's comping on "the magic of miles" and "freddie hubbard" and "latin jazz" (all from aebersold play-a-longs) and are all available in book notated transcription form. so is some "hal galper" from then aebersold play-a-longs. levine's "7 types of voicings" can be seen in "the magic of miles" transcription book.
i think that aebersold's own comping on "maiden voyage" has also been published. also, there are some things, like transcriptions of a particular player (though sometimes comping is edited out), or full scores (like the kind of blue scores) that contain comping transcriptions.
yes, "maiden voyage" (best seller) and the follow up "killer joe" have both had aebersold's comping published. i have all the piano comping books from aebersold. tyrone wheeler plays bass on both and he is good.
yes i have some of the aebersold transcriptions, but those players sound is not what i'm after at the moment, plus they're not comping behind a soloist, it's just playalong comping, so i would like to see more comping transcriptions from other players.
what i really would like the most would be transcriptions of modern ecm recordings, but i doubt there are any out. however, to work on my modal playing, i would like some mccoy tyner aswell, and i really like joey calderazzo too. i really wish i could hear better so i could transcribe myself, but to develop that kinda ear will probably take me years.
actually, the playalongs were recorded while they comped for an actual solo (usually jamey scatting, though i don't know if that's what they would do if he was they one on piano). the solo was then left off the record.
i see, but i still think they purposely avoided too much interaction with the soloist, because it has to fit with any solo. usually they just pounder the chords over and over, and don't form any real melodic lines.
mark levine comped the way he always does on those recordings.
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