Gil Evans/Miles Davis: It Ain't Necessarily So

General points, players and a breakdown of the piece.

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  • Created by: Helen66
  • Created on: 23-05-11 09:27

General Notes

  • Davis learnt trumpet at school, less bebop influenced than gillespie
  • Cool jazz - new instruments, precomposition, extensive use of dorian mode
  • Rimshot - hit drum head and rim simultaneously - strongly accented
  • Recorded in New York - 29th July 1958
  • Stylistic Techniques of Miles Davis:
    • Very little vibrato
    • Extensive use of the middle range of the trumpet
    • Lots of Ghost Notes
    • Dorian Mode
    • Economical with use of notes, unlike in bebop
  • Trumpet played with Harmon Mute
  • Bass played pizzicatto in triplets
  • Trombones play chromatic minims
  • Drums played with brushes
  • Low tremolo on D and F# in woodwind
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Players

  • 5 Trumpets - Miles Davis (soloist)
  • 4 Trombones
  • 3 French Horns
  • 1 Tuba
  • Alto Sax - Cannonball Adderly
  • Flute/Alto Flute/Clarinet - 2 Players
  • Alto Flute/Bass Clarinet - 1 Player
  • Bass - Paul Chambers
  • Drums - Jimmy Cobb
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Breakdown of the Piece

  • Intro - Bm (Unrelated Key) - 9 Bars
  • Chorus 1 - Gm - 32 Bars
    • A1 - Paraphrase Melody, octave leaps
    • A2 - Ghost Notes and Triplets
    • B1 - Anticlimatic, Starts with Perfect 4th interval
    • A3 - repeated minor 3rd pattern
  • Chorus 2 - Gm - 32 Bars
    • A4 - Long Held D (V)
    • A5 - Split note, followed by descending scale
    • B2 - stop time (where only the highhat is being played), followed by high pitched chord with very pronounced D
    • A6 - 7th, 9th 11th pattern

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Breakdown of the Piece continued

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  • Chorus 3 - Gm - 32 Bars
    • A7 - Starts with glissando in trumpet, low trumpet note
    • A8 - more like A2 - chromatic D-Db-G pattern, really fast notes
    • B3 - Triplets descending/ascending scale. Stab Chord. Trumpet doesn't play for the first few bars
    • A9 - like A3, repeated minor 3rd pattern
  • Chorus 4 - Gm 0 32 Bars
    • A10 - Starts with a low E, diminished 5th interval
    • A11 - Squeak at start of section with different accompaniment, then long held note
    • A12 - Octave leaps from A1
    • A13 - Huge scream not from trumpets
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Williamleach

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