This week features one of my favorite Trumpet/Flugelhorn players from Bristol, UK, Gary Alesbrook. Gary plays an amazing version of Clifford Brown’s Joy Spring on his Instagram page and we are using that as the basis for this episode. This one is a bit different from our usual lick of the month series. Instead of looking very closely at a lick or piece of vocabulary, we will be talking about some of the larger issues and concepts that make Gary’s playing so amazing. Don’t fret though, the full transcription is located on our Patreon page, so click the link below to get your hands on it today!
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I was thinking recently after someone asked me that common question: “what do you think about when you’re soloing?” I’m heavily influenced by the west coast jazz greats like Chet Baker and Art Pepper and the thing that always stands out for me is their ease of navigating through the “changes.” I think it’s important (certainly if you’re beginning to improvise) that you spell out each chord. There doesn’t have to be any harmonic acrobatics, just find your way melodically and above all, make it sound musical. So, what do I think about when I’m soloing? If I took away the bass, drums and piano, does it still swing, sound melodic and sound like the changes to “Joy Spring.” Try it as an exercise. Unaccompanied improvisation 👍 . . . . #garyalesbrook #eclipsetrumpets #eclipsetrumpet #trumpet #trumpetmemes #trumpets #trumpetlove #trumpetlife #trumpetist #trumpette #trumpeter #trumpetsolo #jazztrumpeter #trumpetplayers #instadaily #flugelhorn #flugelhorns #flugelhornplayer #flügelhorn #flugelhornist #flugelhornjazz #solo #jazzsolo #improvisation #jazzmusician #joyspring #cliffordbrown #improvisation #unaccompanied