Pointed at a paper on "Visual Explorations of Jazz Improvisations" by infosthetics. Visualisation of melodies and harmonies of the three horn solos on All Blues from Miles Davis's Kind Of Blue. The melodic view shows lines on a stave representing the solos with multiple choruses superimposed on top of each other. This quite nicely shows the sparcity and repeated motifs of Miles versus the slightly manic ups and downs of Coltrane. The harmonic view shows, for each bar of the chorus, which notes were played and distinguishes between those in the chord and those outside it.
Some interesting observations from the researchers...you can see how 'Trane starts each chorus with a big ascending phrase...apparently Miles would tell people not to go to the IV chord of a traditional blues and instead go from the G7 to the Gm7 in a modal way. However the harmonic view shows that Miles plays none of the Gm chord but instead plays A,C and E and Coltrane spends most of it playing a C, completely ignoring Miles' advice.
As far as I can tell it is basically a handmade visualisation from a transcript of All Blues, and as Ollie pointed out, these probably aren't particularly hard to come by.
Coinidentally Radio 3's Discovering Music last saturday was a deconstruction of Kind of Blue...
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Take some of the the UK's finest jazz musicians, but them all together in a band and let them play reggae/ska versions of Motown's greatest hits. Gary Crosby, Alex Wilson, Soweto Kinch, Denys Baptiste...fantastic. "I Want You Back" (Jackson Five) starts with the familiar riff and then drops into the reggae beat. I thought "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" couldn't be done in a non-cliched way but an awesome horn riff saves the day. And there are loads of horn riffs on this record. OK, it's not all good, particularly the slower stuff but highly recommended.
Dune Records is doing some great records right now.
Jazz Jamaica - Motorcity Roots
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