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

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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 Only … Read More

The Sound of Jazz: The Importance of Articulation and Feel

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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?

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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

How to Be a Great Modern Improviser

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Part I: Understanding What “Modern” Improv Is First, let’s take a broad look at where improvisation started, and how we’ve ended up where we are today. Many people are unaware of the fact that improvisation began long before jazz ever existed. There was a time when the great composers could sit at the piano and improvise fugues and inventions on … Read More

Bud Powell Celia Lick

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Bud Powell was an extremely influential artist to jazz and jazz pianists to come. Here is a great lick from one of his very famous tunes called “Celia”.

How To Play Block Chords Like Bill Evans

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In this blog, we are going to examine how to play block chords, ala Bill Evans. Block chord soloing is when you harmonize a melody where all 4 or 5 voices are in rhythmic unison. The two most common forms of block chord soloing that we are going to examine are “locked-hands/double lead” and “drop 2”. Locked-hands/double lead is when … Read More