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How to Use the Blues in a Jazz Solo

There is something special about the Jazz Blues Guitar sound and that type of phrasing! The blues is a very important part of Jazz, but it can be difficult to get those bluesy phrases to work on a jazz song, the way Joe Pass or George Benson do.

In this video, I am going to show you how to do that, a common mistake we make and also talk the different ways great guitarists like George Benson, Joe Pass, and Emily Remler use blues phrases in jazz solos.

Other videos on Joe Pass, George Benson, and Emily Remler

George Benson – This is The Best Jazz Blues Solo I know

Emily Remler – How To Reinvent a Standard

Joe Pass – How to Keep Solos Interesting

Content

0:00 Intro

0:17 Blues Phrases from George Benson, Joe Pass, and Emily Remler

0:34 Example #1

0:47 Benson’s Major Blues Sound

1:38 Play Blues From The Key of the Piece

1:58 The Blues As Leading Notes

2:48 Altered Dominant? Blues!

3:21 Example #1 Slow

3:38 Benson’s Blues Approach

4:04 Pat Martino On Benson 

4:20 Example #2

4:29 Joe Pass – Watch What Happens

5:24 Joe Pass’ Minor Blues

6:43 Example #2 Slow

6:55 Blues In Major and in Minor songs

7:19 Example #3

7:32 Using Blues in a Minor Key

8:11  Emily Remler – Softly As In A Morning Sunrise

8:53 From Blues to Triplet Groupings

9:20 Example #3 Slow

9:36 The Things You Want to Do To Use Blues in Jazz Solos

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Emily Remler – How To Reinvent a Standard

Emily Remler is a great example of how you can mix modern and more traditional ideas. This video is analyzing both the reharmonization or arrangement of Softly as in a Morning Sunrise and some of the phrases she plays over it in her solo.

In the video I discuss how she uses modern and modal harmony in the reharmonization but also how some of her phrases are clearly coming out of a tradition based on players like Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass.

Emily Remlers solo on this tune is incredible melodic and groovy and in many ways a really great example of mainstream or traditional approaches meeting more modern postbop concepts. 

The tempo is great for some real swinging 8th note lines but also slow enough to have some interesting triplet rhythms and double time phrases.

The solo is from the Emily Remler album “East to Wes” which is a tribute to Wes Montgomery and also features Hank Jones, Buster Williams and Marvin Smitty Smith.

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