Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald together again for this recording of “Learning The Blues”. I love thr groove of the Rhythm section on this one. Man.
Louis Armstrong Vintage 1970 Performances from Newport.
I finished transcribing the second half of Louis Armstrong’s solo from Chime Blues as played in the recording with King Oliver’s Band.
A few notes: I personally have not done transcription in a long time, so this was a great exercise. In hind sight I also should have picked something with a bit clearer of a recording to start with. This was recorded in the early 1920’s. There are things that aren’t clear, and the Key of the song sits happily someplace between concert C and C#. There also might be a note or rhythm that is in correct. If you find that I would love for you to share the correction with me. The solo transcribed for Trumpet in Bb
Louis Armstrong’s discography begins in 1923 with King Oliver Creole Jazz Band. Chime Blues I have heard before. Froggie more I dont think I have ever come across before.
This month I am dedicating all of my daily blog posts to Louis Armstrong. Yesterday I came across this recording of the songSt. James Infirmary, after listening to some of his early recordings with the Hot Five and Hot Seven. Each line and note that Louis Armstrong plays is overflowing with grit and soul. While Louis Armstrong is known by most for his chart topping version of Hello Dolly and What A Wonderful World, there is a grit and soul in his sound and phrasing on recordings like this that say so much more.
Super Bowl number 51 was yesterday. Even if you are not a football fan it was a game to watch. The New England Patriots came from behind to beat the Atlanta Falcons in one of the most unbelievable 2nd halves of a football. Here are some huge takeaways from the game that you can add to your thought process.
- Stay Hungry. The Patriots got creamed in the first half of the game because they weren’t hungry. They have gone to the Super Bowl many times and won many times. The Atlanta Falcons came out strong. They were hungry.
- Don’t Get Cocky. The Falcons lost the game because they had a sizeable lead and momentum. They felt they had the game. They relaxed.
- Stay focused and look for the path to victory. The Patriots despite their huge point deficit looked forward. If there was time left on the clock, there was still a way to win.
- Don’t ever give up. Even after the momentum of the game had switched and the Patriots began to actually play, they still had a very small probability of winning the game. Even if they lost the game by 1 point with 5 seconds to spare they still would have earned respect for making such an unbelievable comeback. They did not give up though and played through to the end, to the very last second.
Even if the points and everything else in the world feels like it is stacked against you. Stay hungry, stay focused, look for a path to win, and don’t ever give up. Ask you self what would Tom Brady do?
I’m sitting here with a few minutes to work on a brief blog post for today.
Charlie Parker’s rendition of Laura from Charlie Parker With Strings. Ahhh film noir and bebop. A perfect combination. I have been a fan of Charlie Parker since high school. The transcription book of his solos called The Omnibook is the bible of the Bebop era and has been in my pile of trumpet practice books for 20 years. I wish I can say that I have been practicing it for 20 years, but hey, that’s another story. There something special though about the sound of Charlie Parker with strings. There are so many great cuts from the Charlie Parker with Strings albums. The song originally comes from a movie by the same name. With just a few notes you are instantly submerged in the film noir genre. I hope they inspire you the same way .
Here is David Raskin, the original composer playing the theme at the piano many years later.
For a comparison here is the theme fully orchestrated.
I wish movies were still scored this way.
Looking for motivation? Look no further than Chrissie Wellington. I read for entertainment, for knowledge, and inspiration. A Life Without Limits is beyond inspiring especially if your are an endurance athlete. The books author Chrissie Wellington is a 4 time Iron Man World Champion as well as holding numerous records and first place finishes in Iron Man and other sanctioned events. Without a doubt it is her accomplishments that draw readers to her book, but it is her story and complex internal chatter that is the real take away from the book. On the Ironman race course she is fueled by an unrivaled determination that we all could learn from. Could you imagine competing in one of the worlds toughest endurance races…sick? What about Swimming 2.4 miles in the open water with an injured shoulder just two weeks after a cycling crash? This is the world and mindset of Chrissie Wellington? You would think a person of this athletic caliber is the perfect example of self esteem and self confidence, but Chrissie Wellington was troubled deeply by her self image. She talks a great length about her internal struggles and this is the gem of hope that we all need. To know that to struggle is normal, to have conflict is normal, and that we can still achieve greatness beyond what think we are capable.
What I learned from this book:
Determination comes from strange places.
It is never to late to become competitive.
You do not need fancy and expensive equipment to win.
People that achieve extraordinary things struggle with issues like everyone else.