Bud Powell - Transcription Exercises

In this thread we explore the style of Bud Powell.

Bud Powell Biography:

Download full biography: Bud Powell Biography.pdf (18.1 KB)

Bud Powell is one of the true giants and innovators of jazz. He is, and has been, an influence to every single pianist and other instrumentalist since. He has been said to be the first pianist who took the bebop language played by the horn players (especially Charlie Parker) and adapted it to the piano.

Important Discography To Start With:

Download full suggested discography: Bud Powell - Suggested Discography.pdf (16.1 KB)

  • Jazz Giant - Trio w/ Ray Brown, Curley Russell (b) & Max Roach (dr) 1949 & 1950
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  • Amazing Bud Powell - Quintet w/ Fats Navarro (tr), Sonny Rollins (sax), Tommy Potter, Curley Russell (b) & Roy Haynes, Max Roach (dr) 1949 & 1951
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  • Sonny Stitt - Sonny Stitt/Bud Powell/ J.J. Johnson (also released as ‘All God’s Children Got Rhythm’) 1949 & 1950
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What Do These Exercises Cover?

  • Exercises on this thread are built to give the students a deeper view on Bud Powell’s style, soloing, comping as well as an overall look into the tradition of jazz through his artistry.
  • Exercises are transcription-based, following with a closer look into certain details of his playing. This way we can combine ear-training with learning the language of jazz, as well as analyzing closely what is happening.

Transcription Exercise No. 1

Celia - Jazz Giant

This transcription exercise covers the solo of Bud Powell’s piano solo on ‘Celia’, starting at 01:09.

Click here for the start of the solo

The Assignment:

Transcribe the missing parts of the following transcription:

Celia Transcription Exercise.pdf (32.4 KB)

Celia Transcription Exercise.mscz (20.6 KB)

  • Right hand : transcribe the missing parts
  • Chord changes : transcribe the missing chord changes

The full transcription will be posted in 2 weeks with supporting material and an analysis of the solo as well as details about what we can learn from the solo, and how to practice with it.

If you have any questions with the exercise, post them in this thread.

Have fun!


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Full Transcription & Selected Analysis No. 1

Celia - Album: Jazz Giant

Click here for the start of the solo

Here is the transcription of the piano solo:

Celia Transcription.pdf (41.5 KB)

Celia Transcription.mscz (27.2 KB)

And here a selected analysis:

Celia Analysis.pdf (169.6 KB)

If you have questions, comments or ideas, please write them to the thread,



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