First Standard of 2023

I never really liked big band music as a genre, but I guess it’s hard to find fault when Dizzy and Bird are on the bandstand. And thus I’ve had Groovin’ High going through my brain for weeks on end, so I finally sat down this morning to transcribe the head. It doesn’t appear in any of my real books so I did it the old fashioned way: listening, and then after I had a first draft down, cheating with image search. Mistakes are either my own or someone else’s.

This is fun to play on guitar: the arpeggios are all familiar shapes starting in 11th position and there are some interesting chromatic enclosures. It is not hard to play at tempo. Maybe I’ll keep going on this one and transcribe the solos at some point. Lilypond source in the link.