When you surround yourself with blazing musical and visual talent, this is what happens. Gabe is a good friend, a filmmaker, writer and musician, and a longtime collaborator. He put this together using location footage from Jersey City, NJ, interviews, and … Continue reading
May 10, 2013
Tagged arranging, billy strayhorn, composition, duke ellington, jazz arranging, jazz composition, jazz theory, jazz videos, music, scott healy
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I’ve written a lot of ensemble music where my intention was to create an improvised texture, or a feel of rhythmic and melodic freedom—fully notated music that sounds non-metered and non-harmonic. Sometimes it works, sometimes it don’t. In many instances … Continue reading
Tagged arranging, Chamber music, classical music, composition, duke ellington, free jazz, improvisation, jazz, jazz arranging, jazz composition, jazz theory, music, music theory, Orchestration, scott healy, traditional jazz styles
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I had the privilege of interviewing Donald Fagen for Keyboard Magazine back in 2006 after the release of his third solo record “Morph the Cat”. It was the first of a few features I did for Keyboard. Here is a … Continue reading
Tagged boyd rayburn, donald fagen, duke ellington, entertainment, jazz, jazz chords in rock, keyboard magazine, morph the cat, mu major, music, music theory, new frontier chords, peg harmony, rock music, scott healy, steely dan, steely dan analysis, stravinsky, unedited interview
So I tried it out again. I performed The Clothed Woman live with my trio last night. I played it last winter, but I didn’t feel comfortable with that performance. Last night it was better. Now I think I can end … Continue reading
Posted in Duke Ellington, Free Jazz, Harmony, Jazz Composition and Analysis, Jazz history, Jazz piano, Solo piano, Theory and Harmony
Tagged composition, duke ellington, free jazz, jazz, jazz analysis, jazz composition, Jazz piano, jazz theory, music theory, solo jazz piano, the clothed woman
I’m getting a lot of hits on my post: “Revealing Ellington’s “The Clothed Woman” . When I get a chance I’m going to have to fix a few typos/wrong notes in the transcription. I’m pulling this tune out on my … Continue reading
Posted in Duke Ellington, Harmony, Jazz Composition and Analysis, Jazz piano, Solo piano, Theory and Harmony
Tagged duke ellington, jazz composition, jazz theory, music theory, solo jazz piano, the clothed woman
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To follow-up on my post about Gil Evans’ piece Blues for Pablo (Blues for Pablo True to Form), I confess I’m guilty of petty theft. In a few bars of a new piece, Gaslight, which I performed with my Tentet … Continue reading
Tagged arranging, blues for pablo, duke ellington, gil evans, jazz analysis, jazz arranging, jazz composition, jazz theory, linear harmony, miles ahead, music, music theory, Orchestration
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The original Columbia recording of Duke Ellington’s piano feature The Clothed Woman is from December 30th, 1947, and is available on “The Chronological Duke Ellington and his Orchestra 1947-1948.” Ellington had performed the piece a few nights earlier at Carnegie … Continue reading
Tagged billy strayhorn, blues, blues piano, composition, duke ellington, Harmony, jazz, jazz analysis, jazz composition, Jazz piano, jazz theory, Monk, music theory, polytonality, scott healy, solo jazz piano, the clothed woman
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Orchestration is a controlled filling of sound space. The process of fleshing out a piece can involve difficult composing questions, like “who do I give the melody to?” and “who’s playing the accompaniment now?” It’s difficult, and it’s hard to … Continue reading