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 just below the you tube videos.
Both Bassists use linear bass lines and are not afraid to start a measure by playing a note that is not the root as long as it fits in with the general architecture of the line. Wilbur Ware sneaks in larger intervals without interfering with the linear motion of the 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. I like this approach since it gives a nice variety for the head. PC pretty much walks quarter notes the whole time but adds some really nice embellishments and the shape of the line is very connected. Both players do a great job of playing notes up a half step to create dissonance/suspsension/leading tone to connect their lines. Also, with quick two five progressions both players often just emphasize the dominant 5 chord of the measure for 4 beats while not worrying about outlining the II chord.