All Blues-Miles Davis

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When and where was the song recorded? In how many takes?
1959, New York, in one take
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What album is it from?
Miles Davies 'Kind of Blue'
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The musicians had no rehearsal before recording, What information were they given before playing?
Structure, basic chord sequence, main melodic idea and which mode or scale to improvise on.
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What type/genre of Jazz is 'All Blues'
Cool / Modal jazz (more laid back)
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Which musicians play the melody/front line instruments?
Miles Davis-Trumpet (with Harmon mute), Julian 'Cannonball Adderly-Alto Sax, John Coltrane-Tenor Sax
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Which musicians play the instruments in the Rhythm section?
Jimmy Cobb-Drums (using wire brushes), Bill Evans-Piano, Double bass(pizzicato)-Paul Chambers
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What musical techniques does the piano use?
Piano plays tremolo at the start then begins comping (accompanying with chords and short melodic ideas)
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What is the metre?
6/4 (Jazz Waltz)
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What is the structure?
Intro, Head 1 (each Head has a 4-bar link in between) Head 2, Solo-Trumpet, Solo-Alto Sax, Solo-Tenor Sax, Solo-Piano, Head 3, Coda (muted trumpet solo through fade out)
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What are the dynamics?
Mostly Piano throughout , but there diminuendo in the Coda
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What key is the piece in?
G major, but has a flattened 7=Mixolydian mode
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What are the chords used in the (varied/modified) 12 bar blues progression used throughout?
G7, G7, G7, G7, Gm7, Gm7, G7, G7, D7#9, Eb7#9 D7#9, G7, G7
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How are the traditional 12 bar blues chords varied? (repeated 19 times in total)
Extended chords (7th) and Augmented chords(#9) are used
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What scale do the improvised scales use?
G mixolydian modal scale
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Describe the Trumpet solo
Unmuted trumpet, 4 choruses/bars long, uses short syncopated motifs
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Describe the Alto sax solo
4 choruses long, uses quicker notes and a wider range than the trumpet.
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Describe the Tenor Sax solo
4 choruses long, uses fast scales and rapid quavers to create a 'wall of sound'
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Describe the Piano solo
2 Choruses long, much calmer, uses a string of parallel chords and simple melodies
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What is the 'Head'?
The main melody/ tune played on the trumpet, Uses rising 6ths (D to B)
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Describe the rhythm of the piece
Uses Swung quavers, Triplets, Syncopation, Ghost notes and rhythmic displacement
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