27 September 2006
THE MOOD IS MODAL
WHAT IS MODAL JAZZ-A COUPLE OF DESCRIPTIONS:
An approach to jazz in which the chord changes (harmonic rhythm) move at a much slower rate than is usually heard in bebop, swing, or hot jazz. Often, modal jazz performances move back and forth between only two chords based on a mode, or on a drone or pedal point.
Modal jazz often has an impressionistic, meditative feeling. Its use of slow chord changes can free musicians to experiment with melody and rhythm
The term 'modal jazz' - whilst not adhering strictly to the correct rules laid down by musicologists and jazz purists-has come to define a certain type of jazz record.
Tracks labeled as being 'Modal' generally have an exotic, eastern feel and/or have an unusual time signature or are in waltz time.
So here's my compilation of modal jazz tunes-I played free and easy with this as a genre (so you may not agree with my inclusions) and tried to keep it to music that's not quite so obvious and a little harder to find.Only Half and Half has been posted here before as part of my Impulse series.
If you need any more info on the tracks leave a comment in the box.
1.NAOSUKE MIYAMOTO-ONE FOR TRANE 2.WALT DICKERSON-DEATH AND TAXES 3.PAVANNE-JAMES CLAY 4.PETERS WALTZ-SAHIB SHIHAB 5.CYCLES-PAUL HORN 6.LOVE THEME FROM SPARTACUS-YUSEF LATEEF 7.25 1/2 DAZE-JOHNNY GRIFFIN 8.HALF AND HALF-ELVIN JONES 9.THE FAKIR-DUKE PEARSON 10.MODE FOR JOE-JOE HENDERSON 11.EPISTLE TO TRANE-SONNY SIMMONDS/PRINCE LASHA 12.DUDLEY MOORE-AMALGAM
This is a big file as my latest posts are now ripped @ 256.