Hello and welcome to this blog which will be all about jazz music. The theory, the players, the jazz scene, improvisation, different styles etc. I hope to give my articles a philosophical twist and leave room for different interpretations. Most things in life aren’t just black and white, and in certainly not in the world of jazz! On the other hand we must have a solid ground to stand on to avoid that everything drifts away in relativity.
So I want to write about the theory, which would be the objective part, but also cover the subjective aspects. An example: A Cmaj7 chord consist of the notes C, E, G and B. We can all agree on that. But what does it sound like? To most people maj7-chords “pretty” and “light”. What chord would we substitute it with and in which context? Do we want to extended it with a 9th or11th and why? And so forth. These questions does not have a right or wrong answer. We all have our own reasons to prefer one over the other. And in the end our preferences and our way of dealing with these question is what makes us who we are and how we express ourself. But that’s a big discussion worth itself. And I hope you’ll fell free to leave comments and participate with your opinions in the debate!
So, expressed in another way, it is often important to have a foundation of more or less common knowledge before going in to a big metaphysical discussions where right and wrong doesn’t matter any more.
To quote Charlie Parker:
“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”
But anyway, this first article won’t be that philosophical. It will be a lesson or a guide to learn a great old jazz standard: “How high the moon”. I Recommend some basic knowledge of jazz theory. I won’t be explaining all the concepts in this round, but if there is an interest in it, I will do an article later on about the basic concepts of jazz theory. I hope you’ll find some new ideas, discover new approaches to the tune or best of all; that you will be inspired!