Transcription and Video of Anthropology head, and a word on syncopation
My bassist wanted to do this tune called Anthropology, by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, but I couldn’t find it in any of my fakebooks at home, so I have to prepare a transcription of it myself.
Here’s a video of Bud Powell’s Trio doing Anthropology.
And here’s my transcription of the head of Anthropology, together with chord progression I found on an online digital fakebook.
Rhythmic syncopation is the musical element that makes jazz, jazz, as mentioned by Hal Galper in his book Forward Motion. I couldn’t help but notice how the melody in Anthropology is syncopated, how the placement of notes on the upbeats help give the tune an extra swing.
Take this bar for example. The circled notes are those placed on the upbeats of the bar.
Moral of the story?? The more syncopated your melody is, the harder you swing..
Have fun and enjoy..
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