This is an offshoot of another thread discussing Chris' new soprano sax instrument for Kontakt. In the midst of that conversation, a poster offered a link to a Branford Marsalis solo on a Sting performance of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" (did I get everybody properly credited there?) on Youtube.com.
The OP also wanted to know if the CH soprano could reproduce written music, in this case, his transcription of the aforementioned Branford solo. Well, I spent 2-3 hours this afternoon doing my best, within reasonable time constraints, to emulate the original performance, based on the sheet music made available. My results are here: ( I hope - this is my first experience with box.net so please be gentle if I don't have it set correctly)
As I said, this was done in about 2 hours or so, with the remaining time devoted to some basic rhythm tracks. I didn't try to copy the recording exactly, just give an accurate harmonic and rhythmic feel so that the solo would be reasonably in context.
Notes: The sequence was done in Sonar using Kontakt 3 for the soprano sax and Cakewalk's TTS-1 for the rhythm tracks (bass, drums, organ, synth pad).
Since Branford is a very clean player and posesses excellent technique, I ended up not using any keyswitches at all. Everything you hear is the basic instrument, in the Natural setting, with a little Lexicon reverb.
There is no pitch bend involved for "scoops" because Branford uses a lot of grace notes instead. However, I did use two pitch "events" to adjust two notes in the solo, but those were very minor, no more than 5 cents or so either way.
Finally, I think I came pretty close, although some musical nuances were not achieved since I didn't want to spend alot more time on fanatical editing. This demo should show what can be done quickly with minimal tricks.
Overall, it seems to be to be slightly more aggressive in character than the original which is pretty laid back in some spots, but I think it's a very musical and uasble result. I'm sure you'll let me know what you think