One of the things that people tell me they want to get better at is improvisation – one of the best ways to learn is to transcribe the masters.
Dexter Gordon is certainly one of those masters and here is playing Charlie Parker’s, (another incredible ‘master’, if not THE master) ‘Scrapple from the Apple’. This recording is taken from Gordon’s 1963 Blue Note album, Our Man in Paris.
Harmonically, ‘Scrapple from the Apple’ is an exercise in Dominant 7th and Major 7th chords, (there’s a lot more than this, but in terms of what you can take away from it, learning how the masters approach to improvising over Dominant 7th and Major 7ths is the key point!)
Have a listen to the album and then let’s get started.