Benny Green trading choruses with a guitarist on the Ellington rhythm changes “Cottontail” from the Ray Brown CD Seven Steps To Heaven. Note the tempo — a scorching 300 bpm! I got this up to 80% speed, but after that I fall apart! Again, pure textbook rhythm change bebop construction here. Note the fluidity of the lines and the way they outline every single change, even at a breakneck tempo like this.

NOTE: This is written an octave higher than what he played for readability.

Benny Green "Cottontail"
Benny Green “Cottontail”

Here’s a recording of the transcribed excerpt:

And here’s the PDF of the solo:Benny Green Solo on “Cottontail”

see also: http://fauxmat.com/2010/03/03/benny-green-transcription/

Enjoy

NOTE: if you find this transcription useful, feel free to post a comment!

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