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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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Modus Operandi

There’s a certain type of semi-modal tune that comprises slabs – 4, 2 or even 1 bar long – of different modes chosen seemingly at random (seemingly). These tunes stubbornly resist traditional harmonic analysis. (I say semi-modal. I’ll leave the

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Are Modes all Greek to You?

“Just play the white notes from D to D my dear, that’s the Dorian mode.” “Okay, but isn’t that just Dm7?” “No no no, you’re playing modally.” “Riiiiight. So maestro, what’s the difference?” “Goes back to the Greeks, you silly

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We play every Wednesday night, 9 to 12.30, at Toulouse Lautrec in Kennington, South London. It starts as a gig then becomes a jam. We welcome and accommodate all, but please do have a squizz at Thoughts from the Piano Chair of a Jam Session.
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June guest soloists
7 Sara Dowling voc
14 Ed Riches gtr
21 Duncan Eagles tenor
28 Tom Ridout tenor

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