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Coleman Hawkins, Body and Soul

[Monday Notes n.6] Although a European invention, the saxophone was widely used in jazz music and it was jazz musicians who developed its sound and technique. Coleman Hawkins, the father of the tenor saxophone, experimented with many techniques during his career: slap tongues, glissando, staccato, vibrato on long notes, wide register excursions. To better understand…Continue readingColeman Hawkins, Body and Soul

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Duke Ellington Daybreak Express, the sound of the train

[Monday Notes n.2] Music has often tried to imitate and describe the reality. A famous example is Antonio Vivaldi’s La primavera, where the violins imitate birdsong. In jazz, too, there are descriptive compositions, and a favourite theme is that of the train, set to music by Duke Ellington and his orchestra in Daybreak Express.Continue readingDuke Ellington Daybreak Express, the sound of the train

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Elis Regina & Antonio Carlos Jobim, Águas de Março harmonic analysis

[Monday notes n.1]Antonio Carlo Jobim often relied on Vinicius de Moraes to compose the lyrics to his songs, but not in this case. The lyrics of Aguas de Março are in fact written by Jobim himself, who personally composed both the English and the original Portuguese versions. The song is here performed by Elis Regina…Continue readingElis Regina & Antonio Carlos Jobim, Águas de Março harmonic analysis

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