All Blues (Basic Analysis)

A useful table full of general information on Miles Davis' All Blues.


(M= melody A= Accompaniment D= Dynamics T= Texture S= Structure H= Harmony � � � � � � � �I= Instruments R= Rhythm T= Tonality S= Speed)

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Jessica Miles Davis Madtshirts
Melody Played by the frontline instruments
Melody is improvised:
Lots of ornamentation
Scale and arpeggio patterns
Accompani The rhythm instruments `comp' underneath:
ment play a backing for the soloist to improvise over
improve on the chords of the 12 bar blues structure
Play rhythmic/chordal fills.
Dynamics Starts off p the piece contains many crescendos and diminuendos, usually only a bar long. The loudest
it gets is f and fades out at the end of the composition.
Dynamics are mostly subdued - most of its moderately loud, except for a few louder trumpet parts.
Texture Mixture of polyphonic, homophonic and monophonic texture throughout
Section Details
Introduction Drums; bass riff and piano trill; saxes join;
p dynamics
Head Davis (with mute) melody based on
simple motif; saxes motif
Solo Davis, Adderley, Coltrane and Evans solo
Head Similar to earlier head. David mutes
trumpet. Some melodic development
Outro 12 bar blues with short trumpet solo over
saxes riff. Song fades out at end of final
Harmony Jazz Harmony many 7th and 9th chords
Miles Davis Trumpet Frontline instrument
Julian `Connonball' Alto Sax Frontline instrument
John Coltrane Tenor Sax Frontline instrument
Bill Evans Piano Rhythm Section
Paul Chambers Bass Rhythm Section
Jimmy Cobb Drums Rhythm Section
Rhythm Often syncopated rhythm
Triplet rhythms
Tonality Modal Jazz
Mainly in G major as based on 12 bar blues in G major has blue note alterations.
Use of G and C Mixolydian modes: (tone/semitone
combination: T T S T T S T)
Speed 6/4
No metronome mark but states: Jazz Waltz (an emphasis on the first of each 3 beats)
All Blues
Other Information:
Composed by Miles Davis in 1959 by the genre of Jazz.
Part of the Kind of Blue album

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Jessica Miles Davis Madtshirts
Bar 1 2 3 4
G7 G7 G7 G7
5 6 7 8
C7 C7 G7 G7
9 10 11 12
D7#9 Eb7#9 D7#9 G7 G7…read more


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