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I’m really pleased to share this review by the veteran transcriber Wolf Marshall. (I first read Wolf’s transcriptions back in the 80’s when he was the featured transcriber for the most popular guitar magazines of the time.) Thank you both to Wolf and to Vintage Guitar for this lovely review!


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I’m very happy to announce that the book is featured in November’s issue of Just Jazz Guitar Magazine — the 15th anniversary issue.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Just Jazz Guitar, it’s a terrific magazine with great interviews, lessons and reviews. I highly recommend it.

They excerpted part of the book, and I wrote some new text to accompany the excerpt. To see the cover and table of contents, click here or visit justjazzguitar.com and click on “current issue.”

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We’ve now added some pages of the book to the website. On the “Details” page of the website, you can now find a sample of the analysis, head and solo to Wes’ original tune Jingles.

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I’ve been getting great feedback about the book’s interview with pianist Harold Mabern. So I thought I’d begin publishing excerpts form the interview on the site.

Harold and I were discussing Wes’ process for showing the band new tunes and arrangements:

Tim Fitzgerald: No lead sheets, obviously.
Harold Mabern: There weren’t any sheets. He couldn’t write any sheets. The sheet was what he played.

TF: Did Wes ever talk about not being able to read music?
HM: No, never came up. He just played his guitar and practiced all day. Or most of the day.

TF: He did practice a lot?
HM: Oh yeah, He practiced a lot. Yeah, man. He’d be in his room… He used to practice a lot.

TF: Do you know what he worked on?
HM: Just some things. Sometimes it would be a tune, then other times it would be some of the things with the octaves and stuff like that. Different things on different days. Whatever he felt he needed, he wanted to work on.

TF: Have you heard that quote where Wes says something like, “I never practice my guitar. From time to time I just open the case and throw in a piece of raw meat?”
HM: Well, I think I heard that quote too, yeah. But no, he practiced. He had a sense of humor too, you know? But he was always practicing. I know for a fact he was always practicing. I’d go out and come by his room and hear him, and I wouldn’t disturb him. He put a lot of time on the instrument.

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