Chet in Milan - Solo transcriptions from jazz etudes


What's the point in learning or playing Transcriptions of the great players?


Well -

1. Have you ever found yourself struggling to think of cool things to play in your solos?

2. Have you ever found yourself not sounding very jazzy?

3. Have you ever wondered how to develop your own jazz vocabulary?


Well, by practicing, learning and studying jazz solo transcriptions, you really can address all of these problems!


Here's how to get the most from this book - 

1. Listen to the recording

2. Choose your favourite track that you think you might be able to play

3. Practice this transcription

4. Play along with Chet, trying to include every tiny inflection that Chet uses

5. Learn the solo  off by heart




1. Try to work out why it sounds so good

2. Try not to think in terms of licks but in small parts of jazz language - Is he using chromaticism, enclosures, chords or arpeggios, scales, approach notes, what types of rhythms does he use? By looking at all of these things you are discovering what gives Chet his musical thumb print. By practicing these small parts of language in a meaningful way, you too can really take your playing to a whole new level. That is the real benefit of working from transcriptions.


This classic Chet recording has been transcribed by Trumpet player Darren Lloyd to provide musicians with a way to play along with and study the solos and jazz language of the great Chet Baker. 

On the recording 'Chet in Milan', Chet played the songs - Cheryl Blues, Indian summer, Lady bird, Line for Lyons, Look for the Silver lining, Pent up house and Tune up. No matter what instrument you play, you can now enjoy playing along with Chet or practicing at home to this classic recording Chet in Milan.


My old flame has been omitted for copyright reasons as it is too close to the original melody in many parts of the solo