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Ever listen to other instruments? Regina's clinic on blues flexibility.
Yes, Regina Carter was the guest artist at our Emory University Jazz Festival in 2015. She is superb. It's great to listen to musicians of all instruments (including vocalists) for blues phrasing, inflection, etc. I just chose to base this series on saxophonists to address some of the specific ways the lines can be performed on our instrument. I considered adding motifs from other instruments, and may as the series unfolds.Ever listen to other instruments? Regina's clinic on blues flexibility.
Thanks JL! I always listen to a bunch of blues solos by the artist before I select a motif from one of their solos. I have several favorites in the series, and this is definitely one.Illinois Jacquet is definitely one of my favorites! Did I ever mention that to me, the blues is the essential ingredient of jazz? That's one thing that all the old school players had in common; they could play the blues.
I listened to his solo on that recording and man, that's the way it's done; anyone who wants to know what the blues is all about can just listen to that solo. Randy, you picked a real gem this time around. Thanks again.
Thanks Brian! I hope you're doing well. I'l definitely do more on alto, but check out #3 in the series. It's a Sonny Stitt lick on alto. It's one of my favorites- but I guess they all are!Hi Randy Another great video ....any chance of doing one on Alto sax,in the blues style , I know you play one from time to time....Take care and stay safe.
You're absolutely correct, JL. Once you start practicing them in all keys it doesn't matter if you're playing alto or tenor. Of course, some of the nuances work better in certain keys or on alto or tenor, but that's just part of the learning process.Randy can correct me if I'm wrong, but it's maybe worth pointing out that these blues licks work fine on alto or tenor. Obviously they will sound a bit different on alto than on tenor but they should work great on both horns. And while they may 'fit' better or even sound better in some keys than in others, many or them can be transposed to a number of different keys (or all 12 keys).