This week we're re-issuing one of Duke's most popular lessons: Route 66 Solo. We've updated the lesson with a full transcription of the solo. Enjoy.
In this lesson we learn the solo from the original 1946 version of Route 66 by Nat King Cole. I believe the guitarist is Irving Ashby and the solo is a study in swing to bop phrasing on a jazzy blues. I had to work a bit to learn this one myself with it's interesting bop-ish phrasing. It's a very cool solo with some cool twists and turns . Lots of cool riffs over shape one chords and flat 2 for the five substitutions.
Fun stuff indeed!
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Nat King Cole
Background listening: Nat King Cole 1946: Route 66 with the Irving Ashby Solo
Loop 0:41 Run-Through of Solo
Loop 1:32 Breakdown of Solo
Loop 10:22 Slow Practice Loop of Solo
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Hello DUKE, and thank you for this wonderfool lesson about "Route 66". The jazz historians tell it seems to be Johnny Collins who is credited on the 1946 recording of that tune with Nat King Cole. He came after Oscar Moore, and Irvin Ashby. After leaving Nat King Cole, he staid about 14 years with th Bobby Troup band. Thank you again for this lesson. RENE.
Really happy to see this lesson (solo) notated this way. Love the "Route 66" lesson series.
Hey Duke! Continuing to practice this. I feel like my phrasing is coming along so that it's swinging a bit more naturally. Would love to hear any thoughts! Thanks, Bruce
Nice Job Bruce!
Hey Duke! Well, I've been working on this one quite a bit. I'd love to hear what you think. Such a classic tune! Thanks, Duke.
Heu Duke, it's cold, its dark... can I request a Rumba lesson to make us feel warmer
Hi Peter, I realize this is an old mwessage but a blues Rumba may be in order. Duke
My favorite blues Rumba, at least I think it's a rumba -- maybe it's a roomba :-) is "Who's Been Talking" by Wolf. No guitar solo, but Hubert is doing some amazing stuff in that tune!!
There is another version of Nat King Cole's Route 66 with a different guitar solo. Here is the link
Can you shed any light as to why it was redone and who is playing the solo ? In general the sound is a bit cleaner and the solo starts off "prettier" without as much bop influence.
Thanks---I loved this lesson !!!
That is most likely a later version with Irving Ashby playing guitar. In those days it was common for an artist to re-record tunes to update them several years later if they were hits. duke
It was Oscar Moore.
Hello Bop! This is a fun one Duke, I'm enjoying trying to wrap my head around the bop lines. They're quite infectious. I also like that little riff on the V and VI just before the turnaround. It's going to take me a bit to get it under my fingers (especially the arpeggio) ... and will post a video later in the week. Thanks !!
Glad you're digging it Mike. Fun stuff indeed!