"From Now On" - Youngblood Brass Band
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This is a transcription that I have been waiting to do for a long time. "From Now On" is one of my favorite Youngblood tunes, so it was a pleasure to study and pick apart, although I'm certain my transcription is still incomplete (I sense there are some more voices buried in the recording). The liner notes in the album are worth checking out, however they don't list who plays the trombone solo, so I'll assume that it's Ben McIntosh, once again.
In this solo, notice the use of phrasing. The melodies are, for the most part, linear or pentatonic, yet the syncopated rhythms are used to break up these patterns. Within the four bar phrases, there is an ascending and descending shape, with each succeeding phrase gradually climbing into the upper register. This builds great tension going into the last four bars that make it easy to "end on a high note." The good performer doesn't have to always play high, but knows exactly how to set up the crowd for when he plays that one high note.
Writing this made me think of Muhammad Ali's knockout punch against Sonny Liston. Not every punch you throw is a knockout, but when you set up your opponent to be in a vulnerable position, and your timing is right on, it doesn't take much to show 'em why you're the greatest. Here's YouTube video of Ali explaining the "Anchor Punch." UPDATE: The video has since been blocked, but here is another YouTube video of Ali talking about the phantom punch.
Recommended Reading: The Second City Almanac of Improvisation by Anne Libra. Published by Northwestern University Press.
Also, here are my sketches from this transcription: