Over the last few weeks I’ve been listening to a lot of Jim Hall. I’ve just added a Jim Hall page to the website’s motley collection of transcriptions. It contains an excerpt from his solo on the standard Here’s That Rainy Day. There’s now also a Herb Ellis page, with a transcription of Ellis’s solo over the bridge of My Old Flame.
I’ve added a Joe Pass page to the website’s collection of transcriptions. So far it contains a transcription I’ve made of his solo on the Jobim tune Wave from the album called The Big 3 he made with Milt Jackson and Ray Brown. Apart from the musical pedigree on display, Pass’s pot belly, featured on the album cover, shows that he was doing his bit to add credence to the albums title.
Here are a few photos taken during the last couple of months: On the left Jonathan Parkin and myself after his acclaimed recital at St Mary with St Alban featuring two of my guitar compositions. On the right a shot of me conducting The Big Swing Band at The Bull’s Head (courtesy of Brian Campbell Photography) and a snap taken at The Junction of Domenico Johnson and myself before our first set of the evening.
Recently I met Jonathan in Teddington to listen to some of his programme in advance of his upcoming recital at the church of St Mary with St Alban. A good opportunity to exchange ideas about the interpretation of my pieces, before attending to more pressing matters in the pub. (I assure you that the picture was taken before and not after). For more information about the Jan 23rd concert see my earlier post entitled Upcoming Premiere.
This coming Tuesday Dom and I will be playing at the Duke of Cambridge in Twickenham. First set starts at 7:30pm. Visit our Alex Corlett & Domenico Johnson Guitar Duo facebook page for more details.
Last Saturday evening I recorded some numbers on a little hand-held recording device with my guitar duo partner Domenico Johnson. This is the link to our soundcloud page where you can hear them: Corlett & Johnson Guitar Duo page
On Saturday 23rd January 2016 the superb guitarist Jonathan Parkin will perform two of my works as part of an exciting classical guitar recital at St Mary with St Alban in Teddington. The first of these is Espejitos, a piece commissioned by Jonny back in 2013 and performed by him at several venues since. The second is the world premiere of my Five Ukrainian Preludes. The concert will also feature pieces by Bach, Dowland and Spanish composer Antonio Jose. The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 on the door or £6 if you reserve your ticket in advance through me. (See contact page for email address)
Recently I’ve been adding a number of new pages to the site’s jazz guitar transcriptions page. It now includes pages dedicated to the following guitarists: Barney Kessel, Gabor Szabo, Grant Green, Kenny Burrell, Peter Bernstein, Wes Montgomery, and the relatively obscure John Collins. These pages might expand in the future, and new pages for other guitarists may also be created. I hope that the material included may be of some use to other players.
Yesterday we had our third rehearsal for Cocaine Nights. A couple of people were deputising, and for them it was the first time they’d seen their parts. Gareth Trott can just about be glimpsed in the grainy photo playing the French horn part on Euphonium, not the easiest task (out of shot are the bass, drums, trumpet and trombone). The other day he also covered the trombone part! Charlie Jackson helped out with conducting.