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Philly Joe Jones Drum Transcription "Old World, New Imports"

Another Philly Joe Jones transcription is available at jazzleadsheets.com.  You can download it here:

Drum Transcription: This is a six-page in-depth drum transcription of Philly Joe Jones including what he plays to accompany the in and out melodies, as well as his playing on the "shout chorus," which features him.

-- Eight-measure drum solo intro

-- horn melodies are shown above the drum staff

-- AABA in melody

-- Philly Joe's playing behind eight bars of Hank Mobley's first solo chorus

-- shout chorus (time of track notated: 4:38) A sections: four measure of rhythmic horn melody alternates with four measures of Philly Joe. B section: Drums solo.

-- one chorus drum solo

-- AABA out melody

Description: A quirky and playful song, Old World, New Importsfeatures some of Philly Joe's best playing. His time is simply incredible, always smooth and swinging. Take particular note of how he plays through the melody, especially the moments where he goes off the ride cymbals and plays the melody around the kit. Also, note how much he references the melody and the "vibe" of the song in his drum solo.

After three Hank Mobley solo choruses and two Donald Byrd solo choruses, it's pianist Herbie Hancock's turn. This is a 32-measure AABA composition with the same format for solo choruses. The concert chord progression is "rhythm changes" in B-flat for the A sections and "rhythm changes" in E-flat for the B section.

In real life, during the excitement of a soloing moment, things can always take a different turn. All of a sudden the form might change. Then it's "recovery time" for the musicians. When soloing on "rhythm changes" a soloist can explore different directions and be adventurous. Herbie Hancock's solo contains one of those unplanned, adventurous moments. He found himself leaning toward E-flat a little early in the second A of his second chorus, and suddenly the eight measures of A2 took on a different shape: A2 was actually only four measures long, with the B section (E-flat) the next four measures. Then Herbie recovered for the last A section to finish the chorus. The result is that his second chorus was only 24 measures in length instead of 32. He then played two more full choruses, setting up the shout chorus.

Crazy things can happen when you're soloing. If things get strange for a moment, you've got to just "go for it" and make it work, as Herbie did. Everyone knew when it was time for the "shout chorus."

See and hear drummer Evan Hughes as he plays part of his own transcription along with the CD on our YouTube channel.