One of the problems musicians have when trying to learn how to solo over changes lies in the misconception regarding chords. Chords and harmony are two separate issues. Harmony can best best described as Motion. The motion of the tones of one voicing moving into the tones of another in a melodic fashion. Chords may best be described as arrested motion. The really great improvisers when playing vertically were not deriving their lines from chords as in the following fashion.
Last Tango In Paris-Mike Longo Trio-1974 with Mickey Roker-drums, Ron Carter-bass and Patato Valdez-congas
In answer to a recent article by a jazz journalist who proclaimed that “jazz is dead sincee there are no more composers like George Gershwin providing the musicians with material to play”, I submit the following.
This seems to me to be an example of someone not seeing beyond one’s own periphery. Read More…