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Interesting article in the science section from a couple of days ago.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/06/science/06wsfmusic.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

"They could travel miles from the melody, they could do calisthenics with the chords, but the audience still understood it as "Autumn Leaves," something they knew spiced with something entirely different."

Sounds like they were playing the changes.

Nothing to see here folks move along. Happens in jazz venues every night.

Just that somebody finally heard a jazz solo. LOL
 

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"areas linked to inhibition and self-monitoring kind of shut down when you go creative."

I get that every night about 1/2 hour into the gig and a couple of rum and cokes. Didn't need a CAT scan to tell me that.
 

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I thought Pat Metheny tried to explain improvisation and what is happening with improvisation in a practical way and it's a better explanation than most of the crap I see on forums and would be very informing for beginning or novice improvisers I think.
 

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"Among other things, he said, improvising requires "terrific alignment between your ears and hands"
 

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It gets deeper in the very end:
"Lately," Mr. Metheny said, "I've been thinking about jazz not so much as a destination but as a process, but even more than that as a symptom."
 

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It gets deeper in the very end:
"Lately," Mr. Metheny said, "I've been thinking about jazz not so much as a destination but as a process, but even more than that as a symptom."
What's his point? it's not deep it's quasi intellectual
 

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What's his point? it's not deep it's quasi intellectual
I agree he fails to make a solid point and sounds a bit quasi-intellectual.
He's point could be related to the story that tells musicians shut down a part of the brain when they improvise.
Instead of shutting down the part of the brain in order to improvise he may see himself improvising in order to shut down that part of the brain.
Or maybe he made the sentence up just to sound smart.
 
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