Lead Sheet of "Disciples Blues"

Title: Disciples Blues
Artist: The Modern Jazz Disciples
Album: The Modern Jazz Disciples

"Disciple Blues" Lead Sheet in C (PDF)
"Disciple Blues" Lead Sheet in Bb (PDF)
"Disciple Blues" Lead Sheet in Eb (PDF)
"Disciple Blues" Lead Sheet in Bass Clef (PDF)
Listen to "Disciples Blues"

I heard "Disciple Blues" on the local Portland jazz radio station KMHD, and it struck me in how great it sounded without any of the ornate arrangements or often excess virtuosity that certain records contain. Straight forward and sounded easy, like they weren't breaking a sweat at all; just players enjoying themselves. In particular, the Normaphone solo was excellent, and I'm looking forward to transcribing this track's as well as some of the rest of the record's Normaphone solos later. Yes, the Normaphone.

It's obvious you want to know what a Normaphone is, so click that video to your left or check out this guys documentation of his restoration here: http://marge.home.xs4all.nl/jazzophoneen.htm.

"Disciples Blues" is that excellent kind of sleazy blues: nobody is trying to caricaturize the sloppy feel, it doesn't feel like there's any pretense in their playing, just five guys caught on tape, and that feeling is consistent throughout the album. When I'm improvising, I find myself trying to be something or do something in particular rather than simply being there and doing what I do, and this recording really captures the essence of that sound and feeling I hope to have as an improviser, hence the inspiration to make this lead sheet. I will be taking the time to walk along to this record and transcribe some more so I can hopefully take the feel and attitude from this excellent recording.

Thanks for reading, and I encourage you to use this chart for whatever means you can think of. It's a great two-voice blues head that can replace the (oh so many) stale blues heads in your real book, and it looks like it would lie fairly well for novice players, (at least it does on bass).

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"Disciple Blues" Lead Sheet in C (PDF)
"Disciple Blues" Lead Sheet in Bb (PDF)
"Disciple Blues" Lead Sheet in Eb (PDF)
"Disciple Blues" Lead Sheet in Bass Clef (PDF)
Listen to "Disciples Blues"