My first Transcription of 2018 is Wilbur Ware's bass line on the song "Soon" from Ernie Henry's 7 Standards and a Blues. This is a great Gershwin tune that in my opinion doesn't get played often enough.
I thought it would be interesting to also include a transcription of the same song but this time played by Paul Chambers on Red Garland's album "Can't See for Looking". Both Wilbur Ware and Paul Chambers are both great bassists and I wanted to compare their different approaches to playing this tune. If you're interested in viewing them you can download the pdfs in the link below.
Notes on Wilbur Ware's bass line:
-After syncopated dotted quarter notes for the intro he starts bass line with 2 feel for 8 measures and then plays quarter notes for next 8 measures. This gives the bass a nice variety for the head.
-Bass line outlines the chords in (root, 3rd, 5th, Octave) while mixing in half step motion to create suspension
Notes on Paul Chamber's bass line.
-Way more chromatic and diatonic scalier lines.
-Utilizes the b9
-depending on the motion both players sometimes begins a measure of a bass line playing the 5th or 3rd and sometimes the 7th.
-with quick two five progressions both players often just emphasize the dominant chord of the measure for 4 beats while not worrying about the II outlining the II chord.