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“Beauty Is A Rare Thing. . .”: Ornette Coleman 1930 – 2015

It’s a depressing sign of one’s own mortality when you hear that yet another of your musical heroes has passed. Last week, Ornette Coleman, the alto saxophonist, composer and musical revolutionary passed away at the age of 85. As I

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Posted in Grateful Dead, Improvisation, Jam Band, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis

Work Song: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band/Cannonball Adderley Quintet/The Animals

As I continue to practice on my Chapman Stick guitar, I have a list of tunes that I am currently working on and a list of tunes that I plan to work on. One of the songs that just went

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Posted in Blues, Improvisation, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“Please, sir, I want some more.” . . Grant Green Part II

This is a continuation of my previous post about the great Grant Green. One of the points I made during that post is how Grant Green’s playing is an excellent source of coping lines (or if you prefer, licks), especially

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Posted in Blues, Improvisation, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis

Born To Be Blue: Grant Green (1935 – 1979)

The last couple of weeks I’ve been listening to a lot of Grant Green. There are three tunes in particular that I keep returning to. They are “Blues In Maude’s Flat”, “Cool Blues” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So”. As a

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A Different Kind Of Blue: A Video Transcription of Miles Davis’s “So What”

Miles Davis. Kind Of Blue. This is one of those seminal moments in the history of 20th century music. In jazz, this was certainly one of those before/after things. Many of the concepts popularized by Kind Of Blue were not

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Posted in Improvisation, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis

“Bing, Bing, Bing, Bing”: The Awesome Guitar Of Charlie Hunter

I’m just saw Charlie Hunter this past week. I’ve lost count of how many times I seen him but the number is in the double digits easy. I first heard about Charlie Hunter in a Guitar Player magazine article as

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Posted in Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis
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