This is one of the greatest solos of all time! I’ve always loved this solo, but when I started transcribing it I noticed how perfect it is. Each idea logically flows into the next, and the development of motives is genius. The first lick in bar one, for instance, is developed for entire rest of the chorus and into the next, changing every time a little bit so that it is always fresh. This is a great solo to learn, and every jazz musician should learn to play it.
Sonny Rollins solo transcription of St. Thomas pdf
This classic solo would be very difficult, if not impossible, to play on alto, trombone, or bass. Many ideas are written down or up an octave to fit the range of the instruments to make it easier to play for someone who isn’t Bill Watrous, for instance.