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
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Tagged arranging, billy strayhorn, composition, duke ellington, jazz arranging, jazz composition, jazz theory, jazz videos, music, scott healy
Listen to some old-school blues tracks, and dig upon how some phrases/lyric lines are longer than the 4 measures that we’re used to. The performer goes to the IV chord, back to the I, to the V, when it feels … Continue reading
Tagged arranging, blues, composition, daw, Harmony, jazz analysis, jazz composition, jazz theory, music, music theory, scott healy, top down writing
There’s nothing wrong with strict song form, standards, blues, etc., and I have no objection to chord progressions – some of my best friends have strong resolutions. But, jazz music’s two big building blocks, song form (4-8-12-16 bar structure) and … Continue reading
Tagged composition, Harmony, improvisation, jazz analysis, jazz arranging, jazz theory, lonely woman, miles davis, music, ornette coleman, 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
I’m writing a piece for string quartet and 3 percussionists. In this piece I want to have the players improvise in certain passages. This creates many challenges, not the least of which is how to notate improvisation. I’ve done this … Continue reading
Tagged composition, free jazz, Harmony, improvisation, jazz, jazz analysis, jazz arranging, jazz composition, jazz theory, linear harmony, music, music theory, Orchestration
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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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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
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(spoken in your best movie trailer voice:) In a world….full of hackneyed cultural references and tunes in D minor…, a composer seeks to break free. Free from the confines of the oppressive overlord…tonality…reality…How does a sailor lost at the sea … Continue reading
Tagged arranging, chords, composition, contemporary music, free jazz, Harmony, improvisation, jazz, jazz analysis, jazz composition, jazz theory, linear harmony, music, music theory, Orchestration, ornette coleman, scott healy
I rarely hear musicians discuss harmony, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not on their minds. They discuss sound, and here’s how it usually goes: “What’s that chord?” “Which one” “The funny one?” “Oh that, it’s this…” bling, strum…“Oh right, … Continue reading