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    JGBE Virtual Jam (Round 32) - In a Mellow Tone-1629403422484-jpg

    This week's tune courtesy of Triple_Jazz

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    This week's tune courtesy of Triple_Jazz
    Looks like he fooled us. Just as well, I thought he'd lost his mind :-)

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    When I think of what jazz is or if someone asks me what it is I always think of two individuals; Duke and Monk. I think of the incredible swing and beautiful harmonic movements. I get caught up in the soul and funky stuff because I love Scofield and Charlie Hunter types, but it all comes back to the real nitty gritty swing.

    I have a lot of trouble playing Duke and Monk songs because the feel is unnatural to me. I picked this one because I’ve been battling it for at least two years. I leave and then come back to it. I decided to come back to it this week. I did a few takes today and they are god awful so sorry for not putting something up on the first day. I’m going to shed this a bit then try and present something decent.

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    This is a great choice. It's not as frequently heard as other Ellington tunes, but it is an important part of the Ellington canon. The changes are not especially hard, but they do punish inattention or carelessness.

    There is a really nice track of Kenny Burrell playing this live:


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    I think it's a brilliant tune for soloing

    How to play outside without really trying :-)


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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone;[URL="tel:1141294"
    1141294[/URL]]This is a great choice. It's not as frequently heard as other Ellington tunes, but it is an important part of the Ellington canon. The changes are not especially hard, but they do punish inattention or carelessness.

    There is a really nice track of Kenny Burrell playing this live:

    A favorite version for sure! Some other great ones are:



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    Great choice TJ and actually the one that I was talking about in the discussion we had recently. Lots of dom7 chords so anybody complaining about it leaning towards blues phrases?

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    I would like to play like they dance !!!

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    This is my Tele version of In A Mellow Tone.This time I focused on swing and phrasing.
    Best
    kris
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    Quote Originally Posted by TOMMO
    Great choice TJ and actually the one that I was talking about in the discussion we had recently. Lots of dom7 chords so anybody complaining about it leaning towards blues phrases?
    Uh... that would be me. Blues phrases as a musical device are great, but as a crutch, which is how we often use them, they are an impediment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    Uh... that would be me. Blues phrases as a musical device are great, but as a crutch, which is how we often use them, they are an impediment.
    Do we use them as crutches?
    One other question (for all of you to answer if you like): when does a "blues phrase" become a "jazz phrase" ?*



    *Disclaimer: not trying to start a heated discussion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOMMO
    Do we use them as crutches?
    One other question (for all of you to answer if you like): when does a "blues phrase" become a "jazz phrase" ?*



    *Disclaimer: not trying to start a heated discussion.
    I think we all lean on stuff that's easy and falls naturally under our fingers, and blues phrases, pentatonic patterns, etc. fall into that category. It's our fingering playing, not our melodic sense. It's the guitar driving the music, rather than the music coming to expression on the guitar.

    I can't really answer the last question. It's all about context.

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    One well-known guitar teacher at the Berklee College of Music told me that if you can't play primitive three-chord blues you'll have trouble playing jazz.I asked him to show me what's going on on the guitar.He was playing BB.King phrases for me with great blues feeling.He played a Gibson / L5 / with hard tension strings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    I think we all lean on stuff that's easy and falls naturally under our fingers
    Yes - we do that and I don't think there's anything wrong with using comfortable fingerings, the masters seem to have been doing exactly that. In search for melodies that are not easy on the guitar we can go to horn lines. As soon as you have practiced them well enough they will be rather easy as well....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOMMO
    Yes - we do that and I don't think there's anything wrong with using comfortable fingerings, the masters seem to have been doing exactly that. In search for melodies that are not easy on the guitar we can go to horn lines. As soon as you have practiced them well enough they will be rather easy as well....
    Tommo is right.
    Simply-It's just learning jazz language.

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    I’d say blues over jazz changes is a wonderful flavor and it s a jazz lick. The great thing about this tune is you can play a ton of blues on it or you can play no blues licks and it will sound great, it’ll just be served as different dishes of the same thing like fried chicken vs. grilled chicken.

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    I'm waiting with bated breath for the first clip to listen to - anybody?

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    Maybe tomorrow, no time to play today...

    Re: blues

    Once you accept that blues is an integral and necessary part of jazz, you can forget about worrying if a blues lick is a crutch or not.

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    Blues sounds in jazz a crutch? What nonsense is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. beaumont
    Re: blues

    Once you accept that blues is an integral and necessary part of jazz, you can forget about worrying if a blues lick is a crutch or not.
    Amen Brother Jeff - nothing more to add...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOMMO
    Amen Brother Jeff - nothing more to add...
    Yes...
    Tommo +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1
    Blues sounds in jazz a crutch? What nonsense is that?
    Ragman,
    You mainly play with three fingers / left hand /.Blues guitarists play similarly.

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    OK...I always suggest playing with a feel of the blues .
    This is blues over In A Mellow Tone:
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    Threw this together today! Didn't think about it too much, just trying to play the tune and keeping it mellow.


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    I think I like this song so much because it eludes me. Here’s a take with Mr. Sunnybass. Look forward to hearing yours!