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Transcribing Al Grey: A Legacy Defined by Thirteen Improvisations

Abstract The study of artist transcriptions is an effective vehicle for assimilating the language and style of jazz. Pairing transcriptions with historical context provides further insight into the back story of the artists' life and method. Innovators are often the subject of published studies of this kind, but transcriptions of plunger-mute master Al Grey have been overlooked. This document fills that void, combining historical context with thirteen transcriptions of Grey's trombone features and improvisations. Selection of transcribed materials was based on an examination of historically significant solos in Al Grey's fifty-five-year career. The results are a series of open-horn and plunger solos that showcase Grey's sound, techni... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Hopkins, Charles (Author) / Pilafian, Sam (Advisor) / Stauffer, Sandra (Committee member) / Solis, Ted (Committee member) / Ericson, John (Committee member) / Kocour, Michael (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Music / Music education / Fine arts / Basie / Grey / Jazz / Plunger / Transcription / Trombone
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 88 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note D.M.A. Music 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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Description Video File of Al Grey's Accompaniment to Joe Williams on "It's a Low Down Dirty Shame" from Astaire Time (1960)
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Description Video File of Al Grey's Solo on Okay with Jay from Sitting In with Buddy Rich (1986)