OCR AS Music, Miles Davis - It Ain't Necessarily So

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29th July 1958
Part of three albums (2nd Porgy and Bess) with Gil Evans as
arranger ­ aimed to promote new styles of jazz.
A sinuously twisting main theme forms the basis of Evans'
interpretation. He retains the original key and tempo but
doesn't include the faster contrasting sections that occur in
Gershwin's opera.
Harmonies in the A sections are based on a chord of Gm7 and
use notes from the dorian mode on G (strong modal feel).
A nine-bar introduction is followed by four choruses in 32-bar
song form, the last of which has an AAAA phrase structure
(rather that AABA)
B sections are more exciting in both texture and harmony,
providing a clear contrast to solo passages
B minor Introduction 9 Bars
G minor Chorus 1 32 Bars AABA
Chorus 2 32 Bars AABA
Chorus 3 32 Bars AABA
Chorus 3 32 Bars AAAA
Five Trumpets (soloist- Miles Davis)
Four Trombones
Three Orchestral Horns
Alto Saxophone (Cannonball Adderley)
Alto Flute / Bass Clarinet
Double Bass (Paul Chambers)
Drums (Jimmy Cobb)

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Tuba provides depth to the large brass section. (double bass
not strong enough on its own)
Pizz. Triplets in the double bass form a six-bar decorated tonic
pedal in the introduction.
Alto flute and bass clarinet give darker woodwind sounds in low
registers where they do not cut across the solo line.
Double bass and drums provide backing for the long solo
(four-beat walking bass)
Steady beat on the ride cymbal and a rimshot on the 4th beat of
most bars.…read more


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