Watch Bud Powell "Anthropology" Transcription Analyzed

Bud Powell was clearly and innovator of his time and greatly contributed to the language of jazz we all use today.

In this podcast episode I’m going to analyze Bud Powell’s solo over “Anthropology” but at the same time teach you HOW to deconstruct improvisation solos into what I call “Lego Building Blocks”.

This strategy will not only help you be able to use the ideas quicker, but will allow you to combine them with others in order to create your own solos more effectively.

I absolutely love helping students with this because I use to learn licks and lines and simply plop them right into my solo.

And guess what? It was CLEAR that what I had just played was NOT spontaneously improvised by myself. It sounded fake!

So this “Lego Building Block” strategy is sure to help you with that problem.

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3 Responses

  1. Hi Brendan
    Love the podcast
    Looking for the materials for bud powell episode so I gave my email. What i get is a link to the podcasts, and when I go to the bud powell episode, am asked again to give my email. To receive the materials. Am I missing something?
    Thank you for all you do. Regards, Layne

    1. Hi Layne,

      We just tested the email that goes out with the podcast materials for 193 and it seems to be connected properly. You should be clicking on the link inside the email that says “193 Podcast Materials”.
      Either way, please email me support at and I will send an email to you with the materials as an attachment. Thanks so much for the kind words and support!

  2. Hi Brenden.
    I am a qualified Music Teacher Board of the Associated Board of the Royals Schools Music in the UK. CT ABRSM.
    The ABRSM ran a Jazz exam, grades 1-5 but sadly the course was terminated.
    I used teach this course to pupils and had reasonable results
    I am a pianist and play with many Jazz musicians when I can. I am classical trained and picked up jazz playing by listening to Jazz recordings and artists.
    I am learning a lot from your Podcasts. I find them very instructive and enjoyable.

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