Jimmy Jazz

In 2013, Versace put forth bassist Ike Sturm and New York composer Deanna Witkowski as contemporary exemplars of sacred and liturgical jazz. Accordingly, John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” , with its 26 chords per 16 bars, can be performed using solely three pentatonic scales. Coltrane studied Nicolas Slonimsky’s Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns, which accommodates materials that’s nearly identical to portions of “Giant Steps”.

The harmonic complexity of “Giant Steps” is on the level of essentially the most superior 20th-century artwork music. Superimposing the pentatonic scale over “Giant Steps” just isn’t merely a matter of harmonic simplification, but also a type of “Africanizing” of the piece, which provides an alternate approach for soloing.

Mark Levine observes that when combined in with extra typical “taking part in the adjustments”, pentatonic scales provide “structure and a feeling of elevated space.” Brazilian percussionists such as Airto Moreira and Naná Vasconcelos additionally influenced jazz … Read More