"Out Of The Red And Into The Black" - Youngblood Brass Band

"Out Of The Red And Into The Black" (PDF) from the Youngblood Brass Band album, Word On The Street.
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Due to my travel schedule, this is my first transcribed solo using my handy ukulele.  Remember, always find new challenges for yourself.

It is like the opening scene of a renegade cop movie, the bustling sidewalks of a New York City block, bodies in motion shuffle up and down on the pavement, overflowing into the traffic throughout the streets.  Faces rush by too quickly to identify until the inimitable badass mutha appears from around the corner and everything then suddenly happens in slow-motion.  As he struts down the path, the sea of people part around him because nothing, and I mean nothing, gets in his way.  The city noise evaporates into silence, and through the Doppler effect we hear his music leave a trail of where he's been.  It is nothing but a deep, greasy, hip-swiveling funk that takes orders from no one.  "Out Of The Red And Into The Black."  Coming Soon!!!

Obviously, this tune is a party.  The dynamic melody easily melts into the second groove, and just as soon as it arrives from out of nowhere, it passes by and the party life picks back up again.  And what we realize only after the moment is gone is that we want more of it.  Take note of the compositional structure of the tune and how that deep funk only appears twice, and not even as the ending.  As a performer, be aware of how much you send out to your audience and always leave them wanting more.

Plus, the movie studios are always looking for a franchise sequel...

In addition to the quick-moving tempo of this tune, there are a lot of other parts going on during the solos which can make it difficult for the soloist to stand out from the band.  The easiest method is to play in the spaces where no one else is playing, such as the up-beats, and simply reacting to the the flying tempo may be your only hope.  Another method is to find a screaming, brassy note and just rely on that powerful sound.  In this case, the high Ab creates a nice rub against everything else going on around it.  Lastly, the blues scale can be an effective way to move the people, and this solo has some badass blues phrases.  Practice those bits of this solo at a slow tempo so that when everything else picks up the pace, you can still effortlessly strut your stuff.

In the liner notes for this tune, there is a mention of the Mahogany Brass Band as the inspiration behind the deep groove.  I am not very familiar with the band, but here is a YouTube video of them for an introduction.

Recommended Reading:  A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn.  Published by HarperCollins Publishers.