Cinnabar Green

The tune of Cinnabar Green is straightforward enough, though for tenor players (like me) there’s a bit of left-hand palm key work to keep tidy.

Even when I recorded the guide tenor I had started to add improvised figures to the basic tune, and in rehearsal I moved the tune around melodically and rhythmically even more, so do experiment – it’s part of your job!

The solo section moves through a number of key centres. I’ve indicated good safe scale choices for soloing, but – once again – do experiment!

Cinnabar Green was recorded at 118 bpm.

The key signature is Eb (for C instruments), F (for Bb instruments), C (for Eb instruments).

The structure is: 2 bar drum intro / head x 2 / solo section x 2 / head x 1 to fade.

If you’d like to play Cinnabar Green yourself, you can buy a ‘playalong’ pack for £2 on Bandcamp:

The pack consists of;

  • the guide mp3 track (with guide sax)
  • the ‘minus one’ (no sax) mp3 backing track
  • an mp3 of the solo section looped (repeated) four times for soloing practise
  • a single solo section for use in DAWs and looper apps & pedals
  • the lead sheet in Bb, Eb & C versions, (including scale choice suggestions for the solo sections)

Here’s the Bb version of the score with the audio:

NB. For Eb alto and baritone sax players the notes are all a fourth lower. 

Other available tunes & loops:

Swam In The Moon

Old Skool

3 Limes On A Shelf

Paper Cut


Blowing Turmeric Off The Gravel

Shorter Straws

Loop 1 (D Major)