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Hello this is a great phrase by Gerry Mulligan.
It is simple, but very tasty and effective.
He combined the pentatonic scale with approach notes.
I made a transcription and analysis.
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Hope you enjoy and you could find this video helpful.
Bye, Fabrizio

 

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Hey Fabrizio! Thank you for the opportunity to see your work kitchen .I think that the transposition of this lovely phrase of Jerry Mulligan only the beginning of its utilization. If you delve into the construction of the phrase, it opens up more opportunities that can serve as a stage of development. Font Rectangle Line Material property Parallel The last example resembles Kathy's Waltz by Dave Brubeck.
 

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@lesacks and @B Flat thanks!
@jazzman 1945, yes definetly! You can do lots of things developing other phrase using the same "logic".
That's why I say that trascribing is one of the most important tool to learn how to build YOUR phrase and not only repicate the original one, which of course is super important!
Thanks for your example
 

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That's why I say that transcribing is one of the most important tool to learn how to build YOUR phrase and not only replicate the original one, which of course is super important!
+1. Very cool phrase, Fabrizio, and just as you say, I like taking a phrase like this and work it through 12 keys; then experiment with it, adding material, changing the rhythm, and coming up with new ideas. The best phrases or licks are ones that are malleable and useful as a 'launching pad' to derivative phrases.

You sound great and thanks for putting these video clips on here.
 

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Thank you JL.
Oh yes, I want to do a video on "time changing" possibilities in the future.
There are so many things that you could do, that you can get more than 10 different phrases from the original one, and the intersting thing is that they can even sound so different that can sound "phrases of their own".
This is why I hate the word "pattern", I prefer "ideas".
 

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Awesome - thanks!
 

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This is why I hate the word "pattern", I prefer "ideas".
And in vain - the pattern is an idea, let it be melodic, let it be rhythmic or harmonic. Human thinking and behavior is built on patterns. It can be called “motives”, “structures” , "archetypes " “Idea” sounds good, but foggy and slippery ...
 

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Ah, ok, so pattern is different than lick. Maybe it is because I am Italian and I don't know English language deeply enough to understand those subtleties. Anyway, thanks. This forum is for me a platform to improve my English, other that talking about saxophone and music!
 

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... “Idea” sounds good, but foggy and slippery ...
Hey, well that's the idea! :)

An idea is not so specific (although it can be) as a motif, or lick, or pattern. An idea is more creative and wide open to interpretation. At least that's how I think of it in this context.

Please correct me if I'm off base, Fabrizio. Your English is excellent, certainly in comparison with my (non-existent) Italian. Several years ago I went kayaking on Elba. Also visited Florence. I loved Italy! But wasn't there long enough to learn the language; I do like the sound of it...
 

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Excellent vlog, Fabrizio! That idea is so "mulligan", and expandable.

And your sound is always a pleasure to hear.
 

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@JL Haha, thank you. I studied English in my high school + 1 year of university (language faculty).
Then I quit University to music. Classical conservatory + jazz Berklee scholarship, but I didn't go to Boston...
I guess I learned a lot watching movies and talking to other musicians. I have some problems if I watch the news, and I don't know why, but to me american is easier to understand than English. Hit me up the next time you plan to visit Rome!

@BH9 thank you, I also did a vlog (similar to this one) the week before on a Coltrane's phrase on an Eb7 pedal on "Moment's notice".
I am trying to extract some phrases from solos that I have fully transcribed during my quarantine days.

https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showt...Eb-pedal-on-quot-Moment-s-notice-quot-Vlog-28
 

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...I don't know why, but to me american is easier to understand than English.
Easier for me too! When I watch British TV shows (which I do quite a bit), I have to put the subtitles on. There are a lot of different British accents and some of them are impossible to understand.

Anyway, keep the videos coming. You play great!
 
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