This week we answer a question and build an episode around an email from one of our listeners, David. David wants to know the difference between getting more of a traditional sound (think NOLA style or the 1920’s) and a more modern, bebop oriented sound. This was a really fun topic and we explore it using a timeless jazz standard. I have written two short segments of what I consider to be completely different styles. I think you’ll gain something from this episode no matter what type of sound you’re going for. Enjoy!
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Great episode. I’d like to see more like this one. Obviously the periods/styles go beyond just swing vs bebop, although this is an important dividing line. But I’d love to hear more episodes breaking down developments in the transitions
For one, from traditional (new orleans etc) to the big band/swing style
Also and maybe more interesting for me, the harmonic and stylistic developments after bebop. I’m not always sure how these are defined, but one hears about particular movements such as ‘hard bop,’ ‘cool’, ‘impressionism’, etc., as well as the idea of ‘post bop’ or ‘straight-ahead in general.
Some of these later developments include (perhaps)
– use of triad pairs
– use of new modes and modal playing imposed over changes
– certain types of ‘out’ playing
– use of pentatonic scales
– the ‘lydian chromatic concept’?
– melodic minor harmonies (or is that a bebop concept?)
– coltrane turnarounds
– rhythmic developments (polyrhythms etc)