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Miles Davis - All Blues

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Transcript of Miles Davis - All Blues

Miles Davis - All Blues
Misconceptions?
Limited rehearsals and brief instructions only.
Summary
All Blues
The track
Where did All Blues come from?
An introduction
Modal Jazz
‘Jazz is beginning to move away from the conventional string of chords and a return to emphasis on melodic rather than harmonic variation. There will be fewer chords but infinite possibilities as to what to do with them.’
- Miles Davis

Hugely influential
Best selling jazz album of all time
Opened up a new path
Often used to define the development of modal jazz
1940s
Unrest between creative musicians in big bands.
Birth of 'bebop'
Appealed to young jazz musicians, including Miles
But adopted a more expressive approach, focusing on tone
1950s
...development of modal jazz
Time sig - 6/8
12-bar blues form
Musical features - use of instruments in build up of 'feeling':
piano
bass
drums
sax
trumpet
Ensemble
Davis
Coltrane
Evans
Chambers
Cobb
Cannonball 'Adderley'
How many takes?
'Slow burner'
Modes or scales?
Organic
the framework
harmony
chords
Huge album
Modal - more freedom in solos and harmony
6/8
Colour and phrasing
bebop - modal - free jazz
‘Jazz is beginning to
move away
from the conventional string of chords and a return to
emphasis on melodic
rather than harmonic variation. There will be
fewer chords
but
infinite possibilities
as to what to do with them.’
- Miles Davis
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