My love for North Indian Classical music began when I took a course taught by Vinay Bhide at Carleton University in 2002. His introduction to Indian music was aimed at all Western musicians, but to me seemed geared even more towards jazz musicians since so much of the excitement in Hindustani music comes from improvisation, usually over a pre-determined or standard form. Their idea of form differs, but not as much as you might think.
Although the amount of great reading materials is rapidly growing, I most…
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One of the first theory lessons I like to teach is that there are only 12 major chords and 12 minor chords.
Learning these is attainable in a relatively short amount of time.
To simplify this further I start with the six "3 White note chords":
C, Dmin, Emin, F, G, and Amin
And the six "White-Black-White chords":
Cmin, D, E, Fmin, Gmin, A
With these second six we start to have the potential for some unusual and more offbeat chord progressions.
The remaining chords can be thought of as "black-white-black" (6), "all…
It's a song with more than one moment that pushes the envelope of standard jazz language, rhythm and form. The Max Roach drum pattern alone has been elaborated on by many- the 5 over 4 pattern is filled with energy and slightly lopsided, not quite adding up to two bars.At the fast cut time tempo, I feel like it has a falling forward momentum, which feels to me like he was aiming more for whole note triplets across the barline (this was…Read more
Check out the chord progression for the chorus:
The song is in B major with the verses mainly using traditional I, IV and V chords…Read more
Sonny Stitt - from a Quincy Jones' collection. It was really…Read more
Here is Chet Baker from "The Best of Chet Baker Sings" - one of my first vocal jazz records. On it are simple and beautiful versions of 20 songs every jazz musician should know. Chet's phrasing leans towards triplet-type figures. The exact rhythm in measure 5 is hard to…Read more
I also recently wrote a review of three jazz groups re-imagining one of my favourite pieces, Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.
You can read it at Peter Hum's blog, jazzblog.ca.