Category: Ralph Moore

Jazz Articulation, Accents, and Proper Tonguing

Some saxophone & clarinet students have difficulty with jazz articulation, because they have not learned to tongue properly.  They begin each note with a constriction in the throat, which sounds as if the student were humming into the mouthpiece.  The beginning of the note is fuzzy and indistinct. Continue reading “Jazz Articulation, Accents, and Proper Tonguing”

Ralph Moore’s Tenor Solo on “SOS”

Are you hip to Ralph Moore?  He has a fabulous sound and great ideas.  The following lick is taken from Ralph Moore’s solo on the tune “SOS” from the CD “Moore Makes 4” by the Ray Brown Trio with Ralph Moore.  This is an amazing solo, packed with wonderful lyricism and dazzling technique.  For details, see the book “Ralph Moore Jazz Tenor Solos” Transcribed by Bill Sears, published by Corybant Productions, Inc., 1994.  I have recorded the lick in all 12 keys, so you can play along with the recording.  On the following page is the link to the recording along with a chart showing the lick in all 12 keys.  Below is an analysis of the various key centers traversed by the lick.  You will note that the melody & the chord changes both adhere strictly to this key center scheme.  (See “New Ears Resolution” for details on this analysis technique.)
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