African Flower by Duke Ellington
Moment’s Notice by John Coltrane
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy by Joe Zawinul
Canteloupe Island by Herbie Hancock
Juicy Lucy by Horace Silver
Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel
I’ve Got It Bad, and That Ain’t Good by Duke Ellington
Also, I might start revising some old tabs, too. Stay tuned!
This is a book by Hal Galper that I’ve been getting into lately. The subtitle is: From Bach to Bebop – A Corrective Approach to Jazz Phrasing. I really feel my jazz lines have improved since reading this and working on some of the exercises. The book concentrates on the importance of chord tones, tension and release, how to treat the “one”, etc., etc. There’s also a lot of philosophy on hearing, practicing, rhythm, swing, etc. Highly recommended…check it out!
I just discovered this song. There’s a cool vocalese version that Al Jarreau sings on. Please check the tab pages for my arrangement. The parts that say “D Lydian” and “Eb Lydian” can obviously be improvised on with various modal chords. Check it out!
I haven’t had time to do many arrangements lately…but I did finish this tune. Please check the appropriate pages. I need to transcribe more blues heads like this. It’s nice to be able to play a riff/melody over the blues instead of just improv. I think it keeps the listener more interested, too. I’ve got some more tabs on the backburner and I’ll try to get to them soon.
This is a song I’ve heard Joe Pass and Martin Taylor do before. My arrangement is a simplified version. Please check out the PDF and Powertab page. I think it’s a cool melody. Hope everyone is having a good summer!
There’s a guy on YouTube who has recorded a bunch of examples from a Joe Pass book. The selections include soloing over “rhythm changes”, as well as various blues progressions. I found the book and tabbed out one of the examples…please check the Licks/Phrases/Chords link.
By the way, I saw Return to Forever and it was awesome!
I’ve been a SLACKER lately…I got a request for the song Witchcraft, so here it is(check the tabs pages). The person also made me aware of Tony Pulizzi’s YouTube videos.
I might be doing a little recording soon. Nothing major….just getting a few tunes up with some improv.
I stumbled across this guy on YouTube recently. His name is Jake Reichbart and he is based out of Michigan. He’s got a bunch of fingerstyle videos that are reminiscent of Tuck Andress. He’s got very good rhythm and technique, as well as great arrangements. Plus, he’s playing a lot of 70′s material. Check it out!
This is a plug for Tom Lippincott’s site and its articles. The essay entitled “The Big Three Progressions” is very interesting. I read it a few times before it started making sense, though. He also has a breakdown of the Coltrane Matrix under “Giant Steps”, which is very helpful. Also, listen to Tom’s playing on Green Dolphin Street in the demos section. AMAZING fingerstyle chops! Check it out!
This is basically an overview of John Stowell’s book: Jazz Guitar Mastery. I don’t own this yet, but I’m thinking of checking it out. I like how the melodic minor subs are arranged by varying tensions. This (paraphrased)sentence really stood out to me: “The altered scale is ubiquitous in modern jazz and has perhaps achieved over-use as a ‘go-to’ scale for altered chords.” I think this is interesting because it took me a long time to get use to way the altered scale sounded. But now that I use it and hear it all the time with other players, it doesn’t sound as “out” as it once did. I also think some of those other choices could really highlight a particular interval that you were targeting.