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"Good improvisation communicates harmonic progression melodically. Effective melodies manipulate harmonic content through the use of guide tones and preparatory gravity notes, masterfully woven in systematic tension, release, and transparent harmonic definition."

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June 9, 2010 |

"You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail." - Charlie Parker

"The music has gotten thick. Guys give me tunes and they're full of chords. I can't play them...I think a movement in jazz is beginning 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 (About the new modal style.)

"Technique is the ability to translate your ideas into sound through your instrument. This is a comprehensive technique, a feeling for the keyboard that will allow you to transfer any emotional utterance into it. What has to happen is that you develop a comprehensive technique and then say, Forget that. I'm just going to be expressive through the piano." - Bill Evans

"You can play a shoestring if you're sincere."
- John Coltrane

"Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time."
- Ornette Coleman

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Posted by Ted at June 9, 2010 5:55 AM

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