Brad Mehldau’s Blackbird Solo

I have prepared these as part of my postgraduate study, my only request is that if you use them then please drop me an email to let me know. Thanks and enjoy!!

Blackbird Solo

Blackbird Leadsheet

15 Responses to “Brad Mehldau’s Blackbird Solo”

  • Joe Davidian Says:

    Hey Mark,

    Great job on the transcription! Brad is one of my favorite modern-day improvisers, so I appreciate your work! I’m about to try playing along with his solo and cop some licks! 🙂

    Best wishes and thanks again…
    Joe Davidian

    Jazz Pianist and Educator

  • Mark Baynes Says:

    Thanks Joe,
    I checked out your website too, good tasteful stuff man nice one! I love Brad’s music, hoping to start my PhD study with Mehldau as my main topi of study…

    Thanks and best of luck


  • Jonas Says:

    Hey Mark!

    I’m gonna give this to my pianist. I think its a beautiful song and thank you for doing the hard work 🙂

  • Dominique Says:

    Thank you so much Mark. I am a Frenc jazz pianist amateur and I plan to play with my trio the extraordinary Mehldau’s adaptation of this song.
    And it is a miracle to find the score available in your page :-))
    kind regards from the beautiful Paris !

  • Mark Baynes Says:

    Thanks Dominique….thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! Good luck with playing the track, Mark

  • Brad Says:

    I love Mehldau’s work, thanks so much for your efforts, and it looks great! Very readable.

  • Pete Says:

    I love this, and plan to play it at an audition at birmingham conservatoire. Left hand voicings/ comping rhythms?

  • Mark Baynes Says:

    No left hand voicings or comping rhythms, it’s the RH only, I don’t want to do all of the work for you!!

  • Chris Says:

    Hey Mark,
    thank you for your great transcription!
    I have jazz-pianists as teachers for my “job” as pianist in a school-bigband (Germany)and so I know, how much work it tucks for transcriptions.

  • Dave McDonald Says:

    Wow- really cool transcription. Fun to follow along with Brad’s playing on “Art of the Trio.” Gave me a whole ear and head full of “stuff” sort out this week as I do my practice. I’m a huge Mehldau listener, and this helps “decode” some of what he’s doing. What sensibilities he has! Thanks again for posting this! Aloha!

  • Robyn Says:

    Thanks so much for putting this out there. I’m planning an arrangement for my quartet (guitar/bass/drums/soprano sax) based on Brad’s interpretation, and finding this transcription had been extremely helpful. All the best from the western-most part of the West Island.

  • Bill Says:

    I’m planning to perform this tune with a trio at the university where I’m studying jazz piano. Thank you so much for making this transcription available. Brad truly makes the piano sing on this tune, and I hope that I can learn how to do the same.

  • liz Says:

    Thanks for the blackbird solo sheet. I will give it a try. I have been playing Erin Craigs version but the solo is a bit different. Will try this one.


  • Mark Baynes Says:

    You are most welcome, I hope that you enjoy it! Mark

  • Lidia Says:

    Thank you! I can’t wait to play it

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