Rational and Irrational Thoughts

Avoiding Extinction Vol I

{Insert Obvious Here} The internet has changed the way music is produced, marketed, “sold”, and consumed forever.  When I say “sold”, I should really say “obtained” because purchasing music has become optional.  But if you feel guilty and don’t buy into your anti-establishment neighbor’s argument that downloading MP3s for free is cool because you’re just … Continue reading

Rational and Irrational Thoughts

Just play the “suggested solo” for now…

I have a theory that methods for teaching improvisation (beyond the broader jazz music idiom) arrived late in the history of jazz education. There were high school jazz bands before there were Aebersold albums, and reams of multi-media how-to materal on chord progressions, modes, the Lydian Chromatic Concept etc. Remember how the jazz big band charts … Continue reading