Gospel Meets Jazz: The Hammond B3 Organ

Sterling CozzaBeginner, BluesLeave a Comment

Jazz, Blues, and Gospel have been evolving alongside each other for decades. The presence of blues and gospel influences brought jazz to another level and helped it become what it is today.   The History of the Organ Organs had been used in gospel churches for years when some jazz musicians such as Fats Waller and Count Basie began incorporating … Read More

Rhythm: It’s All About Feel!

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In jazz, what separates the good players from the very best? At the end of the day, in my experience playing with musicians from all over, the thing that sets someone apart is their time feel. When I sit down to play with someone, I can instantly tell the caliber of their musicianship by their time feel.   Time Feel … Read More

Fill Style Comping (Part 2): Jobim “Girl From Ipanema” Brazilian Comping Analysis

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In part 1 of this series, we analyzed Oscar Peterson’s fill-style comping on “Sweet Loraine” alongside Herb Ellis’ 4-in-the-bar style comping. In part 2 of this 3-part series, we are going to examine how to comp alongside a guitarist on a Bossa nova tune. When comping in a Brazilian group, the guitarist serves as the rhythmic anchor and takes the … Read More