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…it can destroy your development.  It can take years to find yourself because of this. You've got to get through all that mess, if you're lucky, to find yourself.  Kids are practicing and learning Coltrane solos.  What do you want to learn Coltrane’s solo on “Giant Steps” for?  What are you supposed to find out?  To engage and look at it and study it, yes, but to engage in it physically is contaminating yourself.  You start practicing something, and practice don't make perfect, practice makes permanent.  You start putting things in yourself, and it's going to take time to get things out of yourself.  You might need a big enema for that.
— Henry Threadgill, BBC Interview with Ethan Iverson

Solo Transcriptions
  1. "Basin Street Blues" (1928) - Louis Armstrong, The Complete Hot Fives & Hot Sevens
  2. "Oh, Lady Be Good!" [alternate take] (1936), Lester Young, Classic 1936-1947 Count Basie & Lester Young Studio Sessions
  3. "Honeysuckle Rose" [alternate take] (January 21, 1937) - ibid.
  4. "Exactly Like You" (March 26, 1937) - ibid.
  5. "One O'Clock Jump" (May 28, 1938) - Lester Young, The Savory Collection, Vol. 2
  6. "I Know That You Know" (November 16, 1938) - Lester Young, not commercially released
  7. "Taxi War Dance" [alternate take] (March 19, 1939) - Lester Young, Classic Columbia, Okeh and Vocalion: Lester Young with Count Basie (1936-1940)
  8. "Twelfth Street Rag" (April 5, 1939) - Lester Young, ibid.
  9. "Pound Cake" (May 19, 1939) - Lester Young, The Lester Young Story
  10. "Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie" (August 4, 1939), Lester Young, America's #1 Band (Count Basie)
  11. "Body and Soul" (October 11, 1939) - Coleman Hawkins, Body and Soul
  12. "Bugle Call Rag" (February 28, 1940) - Lester Young, The Savory Collection, Vol. 2
  13. "Wholly Cats" (October 28, 1940) - Lester Young, The Lester Young/Count Basie Sessions, 1936-40
  14. "Broadway" (November 19, 1940) - ibid.
  15. "Beautiful Eyes" (March 10, 1941) - Lester Young, Classic 1936-1947 Count Basie & Lester Young Studio Sessions
  16. "Dexter Blues" (April 30, 1941) - Charlie Parker, Early Bird
  17. "Hootie Blues" (ibid.) - ibid.
  18. "Swingmatism" (ibid.) - ibid.
  19. "Blues 'n' Boogie" (February 1945) - Dexter Gordon, Groovin' High
  20. "Groovin' High" (ibid.) - ibid.
  21. "Hot House" (June 1945) — Charlie Parker, Town Hall, NYC, June 22, 1945
  22. "Always" (Dec. 1945) - Stan Getz, The Complete Savoy Recordings
  23. "Opus de Bop" [Master Take, Alt. 1, 2] (July 1946) - ibid.
  24. "Up in Dodo's Room" [Take 1 and 2] (October 1946) - Teddy Edwards, Howard McGhee on Dial
  25. "Fine and Dandy" (September 13, 1947) - Charlie Parker, Bands for Bonds
  26. "Confirmation" (September 29, 1947) - Charlie Parker, Live at Carnegie Hall
  27. "Groovin' High" (ibid.) - ibid.
  28. "Blues in Teddy's Flat" (December 1947) - Teddy Edwards, Blues in Teddy's Flat
  29. "Dizzy Atmosphere (#216)" (March 1948) - Charlie Parker, The Complete Benedetti Recordings
  30. "White Christmas" (December 1948) - Charlie Parker, Early "Bird"
  31. "Cherokee" (Feb. 1949) - Bud Powell, Jazz Giant
  32. "Confirmation" (February 19, 1949) - Charlie Parker, Complete Live Performances on Savoy
  33. "Cuddles (Speedway)" (March 1949) - Stan Getz, Early Stan
  34. "Passport (rare)" (May 1949) - Charlie Parker, Complete Charlie Parker on Verve
  35. "Now's the Time" (October 1949) - ibid., Detroit tape
  36. "Confirmation" (November 1949) - ibid.Bird's Eyes, Volume 2
  37. "Sonny Side" (Dec. 11, 1949) - Bud Powell, Sonny Stitt/Bud Powell/J.J. Johnson
  38. "Sonny Side" (ibid.), Sonny Stitt, ibid.
  39. "Cheryl" (Dec. 25, 1949) - Charlie Parker, Charlie Parker & Stars of Modern Jazz at Carnegie Hall
  40. "Always" (ibid.) - Stan Getz, ibid.
  41. "Confirmation" (February 1950) - Charlie Parker, Bird at St. Nick's
  42. "Ornithology" (May 17, 1950) - Charlie Parker, One Night at Birdland
  43. "This Time the Dream's on Me" (ibid.) - Charlie Parker, ibid.
  44. "'Round Midnight" (ibid.) - Bud Powell, ibid.
  45. "Fine and Dandy" (May 28, 1950) - Charlie Parker, Apartment Sessions
  46. "Fine and Dandy" (November 1950) - Charlie Parker, Bird in Sweden
  47. "Star Eyes" (January 1951) - Miles Davis, The Essential Charlie Parker
  48. "Fine and Dandy" (February 1951) - Charlie Parker, The Complete Live Performances on Savoy
  49. "Bloomdido" Charlie Parker (late spring 1951)
  50. "Buzzy" ibid.
  51. "Confirmation" — ibid.
  52. "This Time the Dream's on Me" (June 1951) — Charlie Parker, Bird's Eyes, Last Unissued: Volume 1/4
  53. "Dig" (October 1951) - Sonny Rollins, Dig
  54. "This Time the Dream's on Me" (1952) — Charlie Parker, The Complete Legendary Rockland Palace Concert 1952
  55. "Compulsion" (January 1953) - Charlie Parker, Collectors' Items
  56. "Compusion" (ibid.) — Sonny Rollins, ibid.
  57. "Fine and Dandy" (February 1953) — Charlie Parker, The Washington Concerts
  58. "Yardbird Suite" (June 1953) - Stan Getz, West Coast Live
  59. "This Time the Dream's on Me" (July 1953) — Charlie Parker, At the Open Door
  60.  "Wee-Dot" (February 1954) - Clifford Brown, A Night at Birdland, Vol. 2
  61. "Room 608" (December 1954) - Hank Mobley, Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers
  62. "Line Up" (1954-5) - Lennie Tristano, Lennie Tristano
  63. "After You've Gone" (June 1955) - Clifford Brown, More Live at the Beehive
  64. "East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)" (August 1955) - Stan Getz, West Coast Jazz
  65. "All of Me" (January 1956) - Lester Young, Pres and Teddy
  66. "Moritat" (June 1956) - Sonny Rollins, Saxophone Colossus
  67. "Wee, a.k.a., Allen's Alley" (October 1956) - Stan Getz, For Musicians Only
  68. "Come, Gone" (March 1957) - Sonny Rollins, Way Out West
  69. "The Way You Look Tonight" (June 1957) - Stan Getz, Sittin' In
  70. "I Love You" (August 1957) - John Coltrane, Lush Life
  71. "I'll Remember April" (November 1957) - Sonny Rollins & Wilbur Ware, A Night at the Village Vanguard
  72. "Sumphin'" (December 1957) - Sonny Rollins, Duets
  73. "On the Sunny Side of the Street" (December 1957) - Sonny Stitt, Sonny Side Up
  74. "On the Sunny Side of the Street" - Dizzy Gillespie, ibid.
  75. "I Know That You Know" - Sonny Rollins, ibid.
  76. "Sippin' at Bells" (January 1958) - Art Farmer, Cool Struttin'
  77. "Crazeology" (March 1958) - Scott LaFaro, For Real!
  78. "Crazeology" (ibid.) - Harold Land, ibid.
  79. "Crazeology" (ibid.) - Hampton Hawes, ibid.
  80. "On Green Dolphin Street" (May 1958) - Cannonball Adderley, '58 Sessions
  81. "Let's Cool One" (August 1958) - Johnny Griffin, Misterioso
  82. "Straight, No Chaser" (September 1958) - John Coltrane, ibid.
  83. "How Deep Is the Ocean?" (November 1958) - Ben Webster, Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson
  84. "April" (February 24, 1959) - Bill Evans, Life at the Half Note
  85. "Blue in Green" (March 2, 1959) - John Coltrane, Kind of Blue
  86. "St. Thomas" (March 2, 1959) - Sonny Rollins, Live in Stockholm
  87. "It Don't Mean a Thing" (March 4, 1959) - Henry Grimes, ibid.
  88. "Sunday" (December 2, 1959) - Gerry Mulligan, Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster
  89. "Sweet Georgia Brown" (Dec. 19, 1959) - Warne Marsh, Release Record, Send Tape
  90. "Witchcraft" (December 28, 1959) - Bill Evans, Portrait in Jazz
  91. "For You, For Me, For Evermore" (January 20, 1960) - Coleman Hawkins, At Ease with Coleman Hawkins
  92. "Foreground Music" (September 8, 1960) - Warne Marsh, Release Record, Send Tape
  93. "Birdlike" (1961) - Freddie Hubbard, Ready for Freddie
  94. "Love for Sale" (1962) - Dexter Gordon, Go
  95. "Straight Ahead" (April 1, 1963) - Joe Henderson, Una Mas
  96. "Dear Old Stockholm" (April 29, 1963) - John Coltrane, Impressions
  97. "Recordame" (June 1963) - Joe Henderson, Page One
  98. "All The Things You Are" (July 15, 1963) - Paul Bley, Sonny Meets Hawk!
  99. "Just Friends" (July 18, 1963) - Sonny Rollins, ibid.
  100. "Hocus-Pocus" (December 1963) - Joe Henderson, The Sidewinder
  101. "Take the 'A' Train" (April 1964) - Eric Dolphy, Oslo '64 (YouTube)
  102. "Night and Day" (May 1964) - Stan Getz, Stan Getz and Bill Evans
  103. "Crescent" (June 1, 1964) - John Coltrane, Crescent
  104. "One Finger Snap" (June 17, 1964) - Freddie Hubbard, Empyrean Isles
  105. "One Finger Snap" (Alt. Take) (ibid.) - Herbie Hancock, ibid.
  106. "Isotope" (November 1964) - Joe Henderson, Inner Urge
  107. "Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum" (December 1964) - Freddie Hubbard, Speak No Evil
  108. "Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum" - Wayne Shorter, ibid.
  109. "Eighty-One" (January 1965) - Wayne Shorter, E.S.P.
  110. "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)" [Mast., Tk 1] (1965) - Thelonious Monk, Solo Monk
  111. "I Want To Talk About You" (April 1965) - John Coltrane, Live at the Half Note (Bootleg)
  112. "If" (November 1965) - Woody Shaw, Unity
  113. "If I Were a Bell" (Dec. 1965) - Wayne Shorter, The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965 
  114. "Star Eyes" (1966) - Bill Evans, A Simple Matter of Conviction
  115. "Boo-Dah" (August 1967) - Clark Terry, ...And His Mother Called Him Bill
  116. "Green Chimneys" (Dec. 1967) - Charlie Rouse, Underground
  117. "Green Chimneys" - Thelonious Monk, ibid.
  118. "Riot" (March 1968) - Herbie Hancock, Speak Like a Child
  119. "First Trip" - ibid.
  120. "On the Trail" - Joe Henderson, Four! (April 1968)
  121. "Lennie Bird" - Warne Marsh, Two Not One (1975)
  122. "Gingerbread Boy" (1976) - Woody Shaw, Homecoming
  123. "Confirmation" (1977) - Hank Jones, Master Class
  124. "Weeping Willow Rag" (1979) - Henry Threadgill, Air Lore
  125. "Big Foot" ('80s?) - Freddie Hubbard, Bootleg: Live at the Blue Note
  126. "The Greene Street Caper" (1981) - Woody Shaw, United
  127. "Passport" (1989) - Joe Henderson, The Montreal Tapes
  128. "East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)" (March 1991) - Stan Getz, People Time
  129. "Isfahan" (Sept. 1991) - Joe Henderson, Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn
  130. "Computer 'G'" (1992) - Joe Henderson, Black Hope**
  131. "Confirmation" (June 1994) - Steve Coleman, Def Trance Beat (Modalities of Rhythm)
  132. "No More Blues (Chega de Saudade)" (Sept., Nov. 1994) - Joe Henderson, Double Rainbow
  133. "I Loves You, Porgy" (1995) - Bob Berg, Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years
  134. "The Man I Love," (Jan. 1997) - Mark Turner, Warner Jams, Vol. 2: The Two Tenors
  135. "The Plain But The Simple Truth" (ibid.) - James Moody, ibid.
  136. ibid. - Mark Turner, ibid.
  137. "Pure Imagination" (May or June 1997) - Mark Turner, Warner Bros. Jazz Christmas Party
  138. "Head Trip" (1998) - Mark Turner, Turning Point
  139. "Giant Steps" (2002) - Stevie Wonder, Night School
  140. "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise" (April 2005) - Rich Perry, Oatts & Perry
  141. "Moment's Notice" (October 14-15, 2005) - Mark Turner, Billy Hart Quartet
  142. "Wee" (2006) - Rich Perry, Live at the Kitano, Vol. 2
  143. "Deeper Than Happy" (February 2011) - Dayna Stephens, Initial Here
  144. "Actions Speak" (August 2011) - Vijay Iyer, Accelerando
  145. "South Hampton" (March 2013) - Mark Turner, Billy Hart Quartet: Live at Dizzy's 
  146. "Along Came Betty" (September 2013) - Mark Turner, JB4: Live at The Jazz Gallery
  147. "Along Came Betty" (2014) - Mark Turner, Mark Turner Quartet at Hotel Ochsen, Muri
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