Taylor Eigsti Sidestepping Pentatonic Lines

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Taylor Eigsti rips through some changes on his arrangement of the standard tune, “I Love You” for his album Let It Come to You. The line begins with a chromatic enclosure around a Bb and ascends through some melodic minor modes. Where some people would place a conventional 3625 progression, he sidesteps downwards with a sequence of pentatonic shapes that … Read More

How to Reharmonize Like a Pro

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What is Reharmonization? Let’s do a quick review…   Reharmonization is the process of replacing the chords underneath a melody with other chords that still work musically but have a different function. Chords share a variety of common tones that allow us to interchange them without wreaking havoc on the music. Take, for example, one of the most important harmonic … Read More

Fill-Style Comping (Part 1): Oscar Peterson “It’s Only A Paper Moon” Comping Analysis

Bijan TaghaviComping3 Comments

Fill-style comping can be a very effective tool when dealing with a crowded accompaniment space: when comping in a traditional big band setting when comping alongside a guitarist’s Brazilian rhythmic comping when comping alongside a guitarist’s “4 to a bar” comping   In part 1 of this 3-part series, we are going to examine Oscar Peterson’s fill-style comping on “It’s … Read More

The Sound of Jazz: The Importance of Articulation and Feel

Sterling CozzaBlues4 Comments

The sound of jazz.   Where does it come from?   Some might say “the blues.” They would be right, but when people talk about playing the blues, there is often an important ingredient missing from the conversation: FEEL. What does it mean when we’re talking about feel? We’re talking about time feel. The feeling of the blues is born … Read More

Lick of The Week #115

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This is a solo by a young Keith Jarrett during his professional debut on tour with Charles Lloyd in 1966. His fiery opening line became infamous because of his technical fluidity and his use of harmonic color.

What is a Bebop Scale? And Why Is It Important?

Bijan TaghaviImprovisation2 Comments

Are Bebop Scales the secret to unlocking the mystery of bebop improvisation for you? No. In order to truly sound authentic with bebop improvisation, you must develop a solid bebop vocabulary and incorporate staples of bebop phraseology such as: enclosures, chromaticism, triplets in between a string of eighth notes, and particular sounds like the altered harmony. So why are bebop … Read More