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Last Updated August 24, 2020, 12:43 pm 🖶

All Blues - Miles Davis From "Kind of Blue" - 1959

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Notes on the Geography and Structure

12-bar blues

There is a transcription at the bottom of this page, which you might find useful, but bear in mind that the correct time signature is 6/8 unless you want to have a 24-bar blues instead of a 12-bar blues.

Solo hand overs

After each solo, and as an intro, there is a four bar vamp based on the 1st 4 bars of each cycle.

The 12-bar choruses repeat over each solo, with the 4-bars used to space out each soloist.

This is unusual in 12-bar blues where typically the 12-bar sequence is repeated without any extra filling vamps.

Simple Backing

Further down there is a Youtube backing track with bass and guitar with brushes on drums

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Kind of Blue - original recording a semi-tone too high

Kind of Blue was originally jacked up a semi-tone too high. The album was later re-released at the original speed.

Stanley Clarke, Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham et al.

This is a version of All Blues (of which there are so many!) with a very prominent bass part, and melody on flute.

Dave Hinz Flute - All Blues

B-Flat transcription

Trumpet solo and intro written for B-flat instruments. Check the Alto solo transcription. Is is written for E-flat Alto?

Play Along Track

Concert Key Transcription

3/4 making it a 24 bar blues!!?

Not correct!! Should be a 12-bar blues in 6/8 time

It has all the B-flat trumpet and sax solos transcribed. BUT For concert key instruments

Pentatonics for solos

Each solo is "spaced out" with a 4 bar vamp which is the first 4 bars repeated

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Transposing

Soprano saxophones, Trumpets and Clarinets are also b-flat instruments like the Tenor Sax.
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