Title: Now’s the Time
Year Recorded: 1945
Record Label: Savoy
Alto: Charlie Parker (aka ‘Bird’)
Trumpet: Miles Davis
Piano: Dizzy Gillespie (he’s also a great trumpet player)
Drums: Max Roach
Bass: Curley Russell
Solidify the melody on your instrument. Do this by singing with the track and putting it on your instrument by ear. Work on one phrase at a time. Aim to be able to play along with the recording.
a) Keep working on the melod:y – aim to be able to play it alongside the recording. Try and do by ear (but failing that, memorise from the cheat sheet below).
b) Practise and memorise the bass tones (see below) and play under the melody and solos in the recording (remember play one note per bar / as semibreves).
c) Keep singing along with the solos, giving the first twelve bars of the Miles Davis solo (1.42 – 2.05) particular attention. We will be learning this solo soon. And if you are looking to do more, try and then put a phrase or two of the Miles solo on to your instrument.
Bass progression (concert pitch)
F | Bb | F | F
Bb | B | F | D
G | C | F | C
Melody Cheat Sheet (concert pitch)
C FF G C F X2
C FF G C FF G C FF G C F
C FF G C F Bb
FF G C F B
FF G C FF G C FF G C F
Ab F D B D
G F G F Eb C C
– Trumpet / Cornet / Clarinet players, put everything a tone up, so…
F=G, Bb=C, B=C#, D=E, G=A, Ab=Bb
– Alto players, put everything a minor third down, so…
F=D, Bb=G, B=G#, D=B, G=E, Ab=F