Buddy DeFranco Plays Rhythm Changes

The late great Buddy DeFranco was the musician who finally convinced me that I’d never be any good at playing the clarinet, though I still make the occasional half-hearted attempt. He nevertheless remains a musical hero of mine, not least because he was one of the few people to play clarinet in a “modern” style. I found this transcription of one of his solos on Youtube a while ago and thought I’d share it here. Twelve choruses of rhythm changes at a brisk tempo provide the foundation for a great jazz musician who unleashes a flood of improvisation. Feel free to play along at home!

One Response to “Buddy DeFranco Plays Rhythm Changes”

  1. […] to the tenor saxophone, as exemplified by John Coltrane. There were exceptions of course, notably Buddy Defranco, but as modern jazz developed the saxophone remained the dominant solo […]

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