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AC #61 February (2017) Spotlight Feature

MulgrewMiller-AC-61Mulgrew Miller is the artist in the February 2017 Spotlight Feature. My students and I are taking a closer look at him by studying a transcription I did of him playing a tune by Charlie Parker titled, “Relaxin’ at Camarillo”.

First, I must send a special “Thank you!” and shout-out to Dr. Kenneth Beilman for video taping several songs performed by Mulgrew’s trio, in 1999 at his 10th annual jazz event, and making them available to the public on his YouTube channel.  The trio was rounded out by Richie Goods on bass and Rodney Green on drums. Thank you Dr. Beilman!

I didn’t know Mulgrew very well but I met him several times through mutual friends and we also shared a music teacher in Boston… (Madame Margaret Stedman Chaloff).

I wish I would have gotten to know Mulgrew better but perhaps through the study of his music and artistry, I, along with my students and you, can get to experience, on some level, some of the love that emanated from his heart during his time here–(1955-2013).

The PDF transcription that appears in the video is available for $5.00 in my website store. The entire performance of  Mulgrew’s right hand only is documented and I also included Richie Goods walking bass solo. I paginated the document so that each page has 3 or 2 choruses.

Also, for an enhanced study experience, there is a $7.00 “zip” package that contains the PDF and a TRANSCRIBE! .xsc file that’s been thoroughly sectioned on a chorus-by-chorus basis whereas each chorus of the audio is named, looped, and synced to an edited video of the performance–I spliced-out the contiguous portion of Rodney’s drum solo. (If you’re not familiar with the TRANSCRIBE! program, go to https://www.seventhstring.com/ for more information.)

In either case, the transcription is a 23-pager, so make sure your printer is properly papered and fired-up if you’re going to render a print-out.

That’s all the time I have for now but, stop by frequently because more transcriptions of Mulgrew and many other great artists will be appearing in the “Spotlight Feature“.

Practice well and keep making great music!

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