Around the one and a half minute mark on the Oscar Peterson Trio recording of "C Jam Blues" on the Night Train album, Oscar Peterson turns the time around by using a very slick device...rhythmic displacement. Let's break it down and talk about this little nuance that adds to the genius of this pianist.
Ever had to get up on the stage and perform with people you have NEVER REHEARSED WITH? It happened to me last weekend in Bismarck, North Dakota at University of Mary and I would like to tell you a bit about how it felt! Thanks to Nestor Torres and co, as well as everyone from UMary. It was a blast!
Live streaming 01/25/2020
I went to NAMM 2020 in Anaheim to perform at the Earthworks booth. There were some twists and turns and surprises, both good and bad along the way. I hope you like my NAMM story.
Using one of the licks that Oscar Peterson played at Ronnie Scott’s in his “Boogie Blues Etudes”, I composed an attitude, over an F blues That uses his soulful lick and inverts and transposes it it to explore it’s sound a little deeper.
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Footage and audio from my gig at The Blue Whale in Los Angeles on November 18, 2019 Guitar: Mike Scott Bass: Bruce Lett Drums: James Yoshizawa Audio mixed and recorded by Jonny Maia Video recorded by my husband, John.
Sometimes, it can be really advantageous to choose a song and improvise for a long period of time, with a plan. 20 choruses is quite a bit of time to improvise, and by then end, (if you record yourself), you will learn a lot about your own improvising. You'll notice your habits, what things you need to work on, your strengths and your weaknesses, and you'll be better for it!
Nearly 20 minutes of improvisation over an F Blues backing track from the iReal Pro app. I wish I could have kept going for ten more minutes, but it's the holiday time and my family needed me! My main idea here was to start simply and build toward more complex ideas as I went, but to always be in the pocket and to take my ideas where they lead.
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