Friday, January 18, 2013

Modern Jazz Line #8 - Chick Corea and McCoy Tyner

This week's modern jazz line is inspired by the playing of McCoy Tyner and Chick Corea.  Tyner and Corea redefined "modern" jazz piano (along with Herbie Hancock) after years of Bill Evan's dominating presence in the jazz piano scene.  Some early seminal works essential to the diminished/pentatonic style of playing are Tyner's The Realy McCoy and Corea's Now He Sings, Now He Sobs.  Check out examples of both below!

Here is Modern Jazz Line #8, a melody using only diminished and pentatonic scales.  Follow the steps in the video to increase your ability to hear and improvise your own creative jazz melodies.

Sheet music for this lesson:  Modern Jazz Line #8 .pdf

Here's Chick Corea playing his version of the Blues on "Matrix" from Now He Sings, Now He Sobs.  Featuring Miroslav Vitous on Bass and Roy Haynes on Drums.

Here's McCoy Tyner's version of the Blues from the aforementioned The Real McCoy.  This album features Joe Henderson on Tenor Saxophone, Ron Carter on Bass and Elvin Jones on Drums.

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