Clifford Brown Solo Transcription Arranged for Guitar - Jordu

Clifford Brown was an American songwriter and jazz trumpet player.  He is the composer of two jazz standards, "Joy spring" and "Daahoud" . He has performed with jazz players as Art Blakey and Lionel Hampton before forming his own group with the drummer, percussionist and composer Max Roach. His short career ended abruptly in June 1956 because of a fatal car crash on the road for a gig at the blue note.

Jordu

Jordu is a jazz standard written by Irvin "Duke" Jordan. He has been popularized by Clifford Brown and Max Roach quintet on the album that includes the two standards "Joy spring" and "Daahoud" .Discogs link

This is an AABA traditional jazz form in the key of C minor. Referring to the realbook the chord progression is :

A

D7 G7 | Cm | F7 Bb7 | EbM7

D7 G7 | Cm | Ab7 | G7

B

G7  C7 | F7 Bb7 | Eb7 Ab7 | Db7

F7 Bb7 | Eb7 Ab7 | Db7 Gb7 | G7

This jazz guitar lesson is focused on the Clifford Brown trumpet solo.  This is a transcription of the A part arranged for guitar.

Chord progression analysis

It starts with a II7 - V7 - Im sequence (D7-G7-Cm). It is like a C minor II-V-I progression, but with a dominant 7th chord instead of the usual half-diminished chord. In the video, you can hear D7-G7 and CmM.  We could even play D7b5 - G7b9 and CmM.

The following two bars (F7 Bb7 and EbM7) are a II7 - V7 - I sequence. This is a common major II-V-I progression with a II7 instead of a IIm.

You can hear sequence the II7 - V7 - Im sequence again (D7-G7-Cm) in bars 5 and 6. In the video the chords played are D7b9 - G7b13 and Cm9. (Take a look at the guitar diagrams below).

Then the A part is ending with Ab7 to approach G7 that is the dominant of Cm.

Guitar comping and chords diagrams

Here are the chords played in the video. Feel free to play a more advanced rhythm comping.

Jordu - Jazz guitar comping lesson

D7 (D dominant seventh)

D7 guitar chord

G7 (G dominant seventh)

G7 guitar chord

CmM7 (C minor major seventh)

CmM guitar chord

F7 (F dominant 7th)

F7 guitar chord

Bb7 (B flat dominant seventh)

Bb7 guitar chord

EbM7 (E flat major seventh)

EbMaj7 guitar chord

D7b9 (D dominant seventh flat ninth)

D7b9 guitar chord

 

G7b13 (G dominant 7th flat thirteenth)

G7b13 guitar chord

Cm9 (C minor ninth)

Cm9 guitar chord

Ab7 (A dominant seventh)

Ab7 guitar chord

G7b13 (G dominant 7th flat thirteenth)

G7b13 guitar chord

Solo transcription

Jordu - Clifford Brown solo transcription - Jazz guitar

Solo analysis

Solo analysis

Bars 1 and 2: G mixolydian b13 (or b6) or Cm melodic minor mode.  These modes contain the same notes. G mixolydian is the fifth mode of the C minor melodic scale.

C melodic minor scale

C

D

Eb

F

G

A

B

Formula

1

2

b3

4

5

6

7

Intervals

W

H

W

W

W

W

H

 

G mixolydian b13 scale

G

A

B

C

D

Eb

F

Formula

1

2

3

4

5

b6

7

Intervals

W

W

H

W

H

W

W

 

Bars 3 : There are two ways to analyse this line :

  1. Bb7 mixolydian (F-G-A-Bb-C-D-Eb)  including a passing tone (B=b9) between
  2. F dorian mode (F-G-Ab-Bb-C-D-Eb) scale with a blue note added (B=b5)

Notice that these two modes are made up of the same notes.

Bb mixolydian mode

Bb

C

D

Eb

F

G

Ab

Formula

1

2

3

4

5

6

b7

Intervals

W

W

H

W

W

H

W

 

F Dorian mode

F

G

Ab

Bb

C

D

Eb

Formula

1

2 (9)

b3

4 (11)

5

6 (13)

b7

Intervals

W

H

W

W

W

H

W

 

Bar 4 : Eb major scale (Eb ionian mode) over EbM7 including a Eb major seventh arpeggio (Eb-G-Bb-D).

Eb Ionian mode

Eb

F

G

Ab

Bb

C

D

Formula

1

2 (9)

3

4 (11)

5

6 (13)

7

Intervals

W

W

H

W

W

W

H

 

Bar 5 & 6 : C melodic minor scale over D7 -G7 and Cm.

Bar 7 : Ab mixolydian mode (Ab-Bb-C-Db-Eb-F-Gb)

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Last edited: 24/05/2018