Author: satchmo67

Trumpet player.

Zaz – Qué Vendrá

A very simple piece that I was requested to record. I wasn’t going to transcribe this to paper, but I couldn’t remember where to come in so I had to write it out and count rests. By the time I did that I figured I’d done most of it, so I kept going…

The completed recording hasn’t surfaced yet.

Resources:

Zaz - Qué Vendrá - Trumpet. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Gil Scott Heron – Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler), as recorded by Gil Scott Heron on his 1981 album “Reflections”.

This is his cover of Marvin Gaye’s 1971 protest anthem, wherein he described the widening gulf of inequality, racial instability, and social hardship endured throughout America’s urban spaces.

That was nearly 50 years ago. Time to belt it out again.

Resources:

Gil Scott Heron - Inner City Blues - Trumpet Tenor Sax

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Faith No More – Easy

Faith No More covered this Lionel Richie / Commodores song in the 90s and did a very respectable job of it. “Less is more” rings true here, with the arrangement very close to the original. I recall it received lots of radio airplay, back in the day.

The single was released in Europe as I’m Easy and everywhere else simply as Easy. Though it’s also commonly referred by the chorus line Easy Like Sunday Morning.

Resources:

Faith No More - Easy - Trumpet Tenor Sax charts. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

What do you think? Please leave a comment and let me know.

Simply Red – It’s Only Love

Barry White recorded the track It’s Only Love Doing Its Thing in 1978. A revamped arrangement was released by Simply Red in the late 1980s, which I recall received a heck of a lot of airplay on commercial radio at the time.

Here’s the recurring trumpet line from the Simply Red arrangement, which I was recently asked to record.

Resources:

Simply Red - It's Only Love - Trumpet chart. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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B.J. Thomas – Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head

A song that has been covered so many times that I wasn’t sure which was the original version. But now I know that Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head was composed by Hal David and Burt Bacharach, and recorded by vocalist B.J. Thomas for the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The internet tells me that the song won an Oscar for Best Original Song, while David and Bacharach also won Best Original Score for the movie.

Importantly for trumpet players, the original solo was performed by the amazing Chuck Findley. Simple, bouncy, optimistic, and very fitting. And if you needed to see what the dots look like, now you can…

Resources:

B.J.Thomas - Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head - Trumpet. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Fatback Band – (Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop

Welcome to the 1975 “urban disco-funk” of the Fatback Band. So, are you ready to do “the bus stop”? Whatever that means…

This chart aligns with the 3:30 single release in the key of D minor (concert). Though I’ve included some horn lines in the coda that I quite like from the 12″ single.

I played the tenor sax part on bass trumpet for this recording, then I dropped part of it down into the tuba range electronically.

Resources:

Fatback Band (Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop - Trumpet Sax. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

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Bobby Hebb – Sunny

It seems like Sunny has been covered a million times. It’s such a beautiful song! I’ve played at least a few different arrangements in my time, including an incredible one that I transcribed by Jamiroquai. But this time I transcribed and recorded the original 1966 arrangement as first recorded by composer Bobby Hebb.

Parts are here for trumpet and tenor sax. It was very difficult to hear all of the faint sax lines on the original recording, so there are a few educated guesses in places. But I promise that it works 🙂

Resources:

Bobby Hebb - Sunny - Trumpet Sax. Transcribed by Gary Badger - www.GaryBadger.com

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

What do you think? Please leave a comment and let me know.