How to improvise over Dolphin Dance

One of the important decisions I am making as I write Trombone Improvisation Savvy is: which tunes to include in the second half of the book where I analyze the form and changes, record the melody, transcribe my improvised solo, record exercises for the challenging parts of the song, and transcribe a well known solo recording.

As I’ve learned along the way, obtaining the rights to use these songs is no small detail. I think one of the reasons no other book exists like this is the difficulty and high cost of obtaining the song rights.

One of the over dozen songs I’ve included is Dolphin Dance. It’s a great song and one that isn’t played as much, largely I think, because of the challenges it presents to the improviser.

As a sample of the book and of the method I’m providing for each song, here is the Dolphin Dance excerpt. Click the image below to download the excerpt. I’m very much interested in your opinion so feel free to comment or write me with your thoughts.

I shared another excerpt from the book with a friend who was struggling with a big band solo he was performing over Billy Strayhorn’s UMMG. After working with the exercises and transcriptions he reported back that for the first time, he felt like he could actually hear the tune and play over the changes with much more ease and fluidity!

I hope you find the same thing to be true for you with Dolphin Dance.

Dolphin Dance Excerpt

1 Comment

  1. Tom Ervin on April 21, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Mike, this is wonderful work! It will be extremely valuable to many intermediate and advanced jazzers. Big thanks for your contributions to our literature.

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