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Brecker’s Magic Third

Or is it? Here’s a recent YouTube post by Jazz Duets. Do watch it, and subscribe to Nick because he puts up some good stuff. Now then. All sorts of interesting ideas proposed and some useful approaches spun off. But

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Negative Harmony, Gulp

or I’m talking to the man in the mirror I suppose it had to happen… Thank you TH (aka “confused of Bristol”) for asking about the en vogue topic of negative harmony. I completely understand your confusion. Ah, I do

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Camels and Robots

Or putting rhythm sections out of business… Nah, of course, I’d never do such a thing. There’s no substitute for the real deal. But then practising isn’t the real deal either and I was asked a while ago about how

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Willie Thomas and Not-Quite-Pentatonics

Hullo jazz fans. Apologies for the radio silence, I’ve been driving myself nuts on a film project. I’ve found time for a little bit of teaching too, and I’m always on the lookout for new approaches – some just click

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Crystal Metheny

The point of this week’s post isn’t confined to Metheny tunes – it’s just that there are a couple we’ve happened to play recently that illustrate it nicely. The two tunes I’ll reference are Song for Bilbao and Question &

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Bebop Part III – Find the Lady

I’ve admitted before that I’m not really much of a licker. But there are some gestures that are more than licks, they’re essential idiomatic vocabulary. Thanks to SG for pointing out that I’d missed this one from my bebop posts.

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Beatomania

A very good YouTube video resource here. Rick Beato is an Atlanta-based jazz, classical and rock musician turned engineer and producer. He’s just as much at home talking about Allan Holdsworth or Pearl Jam as Stravinsky or Hans Zimmer. He knows his AKG C414 from his

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