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How To Understand The Style of Jazz Solos

The Style of a Jazz Solo is about how the notes are used in melodies and against the chords.

John Coltrane and Lester Young are mostly playing the same notes, and they are more similar than different. Yet if you listen to Jazz, they are worlds apart.

In this video, I am going to take a phrase from Lester Young, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Joe Henderson and then compare how they improvise in their solos.

This will give you a clear picture of why these styles sound so different and also some ideas on what and how to work on your own playing to sound the way you want to.

I am curious what you guys think!

Content:

0:00 Intro

0:12 4 Solos From Different Styles

0:27 Working on knowing different Styles of phrasing and improvising

0:41 #1 Lester Young – All Of Me

0:52 Analysing Lester – Melodies on top of the chords

2:15 Example #1 Slow

2:37 #2 Charlie Parker – Anthropology

2:41 Bebop – Forward motion and Harmony

3:50 Example #2 Slow

4:00 #3 John Coltrane – Take The Coltrane

4:08  Painting on a Chord Progression  – Abstraction on a Blues

5:36 Example #3 Slow

5:54 #4 Joe Henderson – Solid

6:07 Hardbop – New Melodies and Old Blues

7:38 Example #4 Slow

7:56 What Do You Think Is The Difference between the Styles

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Joe Henderson – Why He Is One of the Big 3

Joe Henderson is one of the three most influential tenor players to help shape modern Jazz in the ’60s. You probably know him from Blue Bossa and Inner Urge, but his impact on Jazz both as a composer and improviser is huge. And he is a fantastic improviser as I will show you in this video.

The solo I am using here is a later solo, but it is a great demonstration of how much Joe Henderson can do with a very simple beginners standard like Billy Strayhorn’s Take The A-train.

The song is performed as a duo with drummer Gregory Hutchinson, it is from an album with only Billy Strayhorn songs, and A-train is a great vehicle to demonstrate a few of the things that are really fantastic about Joe Hendersons playing!

Content:

0:00 Intro

0:27 Solo on Take The A Train

0:45 The Big 3: John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson!

1:05 Example #1

1:13 Subtle Motifs

2:04 Reharmonizing The A train

2:56 Example #1 Slow

3:07 Example #2

3:12 Rhythm as Tension Release

3:26 Michael Brecker Pedal Point

4:07 Pedal Point Abm7 line in A train

4:21 Example #2 Slow

4:29 Example #3

4:34 Dom7th(b5) arpeggios

4:44 Pedal Points

5:16 Example #3 Slow

5:22 Example #4

5:31 16th note Sequences

6:19 Lines with a Large Range

7:07 Example #4

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