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Mr. Stern
Audio CD Tracks
Band
8
Play-along 21 (no guitar)

Intro: 8 bars
In Head: twice
Sax Solo: 4 choruses
Guitar Solo: 5 choruses
Out Head: twice
Intro: 8 bars
In Head: twice
Sax Solo: 4 choruses
Guitar Solo: 5 choruses

This tune is a dedication to Mike


Stern, who is equally exceptional at
bebop and funk-fusion styles. It has a
16-bar form and a half-time swingfunk groove (Ive heard it called
swunk). Its felt more in 2: that is,
the half note gets the pulse.
C minor is the overall sound. Start
from there, and add anything you can
in the way of scales and arpeggios to
the chords, but try to keep it grooving.
On the melody, strive for a blend with
the sax, and you may notice that I
occasionally throw in a chord voicing
in the 8th measure, a G7#9.
The first 12 bars of the melody are
not too difficult. The last bars are the
workout. This is the Stern section,
the stuff that Mike can fire out
with ease. For myself, this kind of
line is difficult and takes much
practice. Work on this section slowly
until you can play with the
recording. Meanwhile, groove out
over the solo section. Hey, try it with
some friends.

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Mr. Stern
Jim Kelly
Half-time Swing Funk ( = 100)

C-7
Play 8 times (or vamp until cue)

b C .
b
.
& b

..

C-7

F9

bb b .. ^ J b n
J
&
J
J
J
C-7

G7(# 9)

bb ^
J
& b


J
J

C-7

A b13

b
b
J
& b

J
D-7(b 5)

b
J

G7(# 9) #
3

b
& b b J A

Last X Only

C-7

E b9

A bmaj7

G7(# 9)

C-7

n b b n .
bb b

n .
&

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Mr. Stern
Jim Kelly
Half-time Swing Funk ( = 100)

C-7

C-7

1
3
1 3^
1
3 1

bb C .

J
. .. .. J
J
& b
J

Play 8 times (or vamp until cue)

VIII
T
A
B

..

.. ..

8
10

F9 3
b
bb 1 1 3 1
n
& b
J
1
8

10

10

J J
J J

8
10

bb b
&

11

10

J
J
J

10

8
8
10

10

4
3

j
3 1
X

J 1 A
4

10

3 1

1
8

10
10

10
11

10

10

D-7(b 5)

11

10

A b13

bb b
b
&

10 10

10

C-7

T
A
B

8
10

8
11

G7(# 9)

T
A
B

C-7

T
A
B

10

10

11

12

13

12

11
10

13

G7(# 9)

C-7
E b9
A bmaj7 G7(# 9)
C-7
4 4
1

4
Last
X Only
2 3 1 3
4 3 2 4
1
n

1
4
1

3
1
1
b n 3 1 2 . 3
b b3

b
n .
&
4

XI
T
A
B

10
12

13

14

15

11

VIII

10
12

13
13

11
12

10

11

8
11

10

10

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