AOS3 All Blues - Miles Davis - 1959

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  • Created on: 14-05-13 18:45

Metre, Rhythm and Tempo

Metre

6/4 sounds like a pair of 3/4

Rhythm

  • Swing quavers
  • Syncopation
  • Use of triplets
  • More complicated rhythms in solos
  • Rhyhmic displacement and cross rhythms

Tempo

Jazz waltz - 156 bmp - laid back feel

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Dynamics, Accompaniment/Instrumentation and Textur

Dynamics

  • Quiet in the intro and links and ending
  • Builds in the solos

Accompaniment/Intrumentation

  • Snare drum with wire brushes at start
  • Bass plays pizzicato
  • Harmen mute on trumpet for lead
  • Piano plays trill at start, then comping for solos
  • Frontline instruments
  • Saxes play harmonised riff
  • Bass riff

Texture

Homophonic for most

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Harmony and Tonality, Melody and Form/Structure

Harmony and Tonality

  • 12 bar blues sequence
  • G major with flattened seventh (blues note) - mixolydian mode (modal jazz)
  • Extended and altered chords

Melody

  • Head melody (only pre-composed part + embellished) - rising 6ths, moving in steps, followed by 4 improvised solos
  • Solos improvised around argeggios and mixolydian mode
  • Use of chromatisim in solos

Form/Structure

  • Head arrangement                                                 12 bar blues
  • Intro - head 1 - solos - head 2 - coda
  • Riff throguhout and as breaks and links between sections
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