All Blues Analysis

Analysis of everything about All Blues! I made it last year for my gcses and found it really useful for the longer essay questions 

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Miles Davis ­ All Blues
It is a mostly calm and quiet piece
Most of it is mf (moderately loud)
There are a few loud trumpet bits
Dynamics The ensemble play p during the solos
6/4 time signature (it might like 3/4 but its not!)
It has fairly lyrical rhythms
Syncopated/swung rhythms.
Rhythm
It is marked `jazz waltz'
It is played at a moderate speed.
The tempo is the same throughout.
It sounds very laid-back.
Tempo
All Blues was recorded in only 1 take.
The soloists were only told the structure, chord sequence, main melodic
ideas and which mode/scale to improvise on.
Context
Intro - 8 bars long, Riff B played by saxes in 3rds for last 4 bars.
Head ­ 32 bars long, 12 bar trumpet theme followed by Riff B (x4) twice.
Solo sections ­ trumpet and saxes have 48 bar solos, piano has 24 bar solo.
Structure Head ­ same as above.
Outro ­ 12 bar outro, with a trumpet playing Riff C
3 different riffs + 12 bar trumpet theme used in the head.
The head melody is very simple, and uses a lot of rising 6ths.
The trumpet solo is laid back, and in a lower register.
The saxes are more virtuosic in their solo - quicker notes and wider range.
Melody
The piano solo is very calm, and has a simple melody
Miles Davis on trumpet
Alto/tenor sax - Julian Adderly/John Coltrane.
Bill Evans on piano. (mostly plays chords, except for solo)
Instruments Paul Chambers on double bass. (Plays Riff A throughout, starting from bar 9)
Jimmy Cobb on the drums. (keep time in piece)
It is very simple texture.
Mostly monophonic ­ solo's with ensemble accompaniment.
Texture

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Miles Davis ­ All Blues
A 12 bar blues in the key of G is used throughout ­ but it's slightly different!
It's a form of modal jazz, due to the flattened 7th in the G major scale.
G7 G7 G7 G7 Gm Gm G7 G7 D7# Eb7#9/D7 G7 G7
9 #9
Harmony 7 7
The #9 means there is and augmented 9th added to the chord.…read more

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