Five swing tunes
These transcriptions are offered for £15, rather than the £20 that five individual transcriptions would cost. This offer will continue for about 3 months, into the spring of 2019. The five arrangements included are:
I Found A New Baby
Where The Morning Glories Grow
Sweet Georgia Brown
All of the arrangements have been written in standard musical notation as well as guitar tablature, and come with an MP3 midi recording that gives an accurate idea of what the arrangement should sound like.
I Found A New Baby - 3 pages, advanced level
This great song was written in the mid-1920s and quickly became a standard for pop and jazz performers. I learned it playing with swing/trad jazz bands in the 1970’s and arranged it based on on the original 1926 recording by Clarence Williams' Blue Five. Most contemporary versions are instrumental and omit the verse, which in this case is a real pity as it’s superior both musically and in terms of lyrics. I recorded this version on my third LP, The King of Bongo Bong, and anyone wanting to hear my version can find that record as a download or as a CD, elsewhere on this site. The individual track is also available as an MP3.
Where The Morning Glories Grow - 3 pages, intermediate advanced level
This is one of two songs that Carmen Baker used to sing as lullabies to her grandchildren when we were growing up in the 1950s. I assume she sang them to our father in the 1920s, too. Both this and “Mammy’s Little Coal Black Rose”, her other lullaby, were written by the great songwriter, Richard Whiting, though she probably didn’t know this. Though never a very well-known song, it proved fairly durable, finding it’s way into the repertoires of old-time country bands, swing bands, and cowboy crooners. I recorded it as an instrumental on a CD I did with Molly Andrews, and this is basically a transcription of that recording (which is also available as an MP3 elsewhere on this site).
Honeysuckle Rose - 3 pages, advanced level
This is one of Fats Waller’s best songs, and probably the one that gets played most often, especially by jazz musicians. I learned it when I was really focused on swing jazz in the mid-1970s, and used to play it with my friend Thom Keats all the time. The variation is lifted from Django Reinhardt, and it is played in the original key of F. This arrangement depends much more on barre chords than is usual for me. I first recorded it on my second Kicking Mule Record, When You Wore A Tulip, and revisited it as a duo with Will Bernard on Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans, in 2004. Another early solo version is included on the 2019 release Plymouth Rock. The version here conforms mostly to my early arrangement, with one or two ideas from the later version included in the variation.
Sweet Georgia Brown - 4 pages, intermediate advanced level
This great standard was among the first swing tunes I arranged, all the way back in the 1960s, and it has been in my repertoire ever since, though I have never put it on a record, except as a duo with Dale Miller on his 1982 LP, Wild Over Me. I think the omission owes to how popular it has always been with guitarists. This transcription includes the basic arrangement I have always played as well as a variation that I have used mostly when playing with other musicians.
Jitterbug Waltz - 2 pages, advanced level
Written in 1942, Fat’s Waller’s “Jitterbug Waltz” is generally regarded as the first true jazz waltz. I have never recorded a solo version of it, but Jamie Findlay and I included it on our 2001 duo record, Out of the Past. At that point my basic arrangement underwent a fair bit of modernization, and what I have transcribed includes many of the ideas that Jamie and I worked up.