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Again with the Linear Harmony? Too dry….

Linear Harmony #5: Block and Layered Counterpoint This is a new blog post at professorscosco – it’s dry as a bone but you composers will get the point. If you want an enjoyable read and fun content go read the Huffington Post. Click for the original article. I’m revising a piece for my ensemble, perhaps for a recording in the near or far future. I’ve used “Take it Inside” in many posts because it’s a good example of linear harmony. It’s also free and I have the score. During the process of taking this tune apart I’ve seen many missed…

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The Score: Jazz Scores after the Jazz Age After having watched Mike Hammer, My Gun is Quick (1957) on youtube, the interwebs led me to the below post from Hearing the Movies, a really cool blog by Jim Buhler, David Neumeyer and Rob Deemer. The opening credit sequence is the first installment of Marlin Skiles’ jazz score: a really cool big band piece, with a drum solo (what! say it isn’t so!)…turns out that Skiles was a prolific composer and arranger, and his jazz-noire score for this film rivals my all time favorite, Elmer Bernstein and Chico Hamilton’s Sweet Smell of…

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Repost: Blues for Pablo: True to Form

 Yes, it’s another retread…the following is a popular post from my other blog: What do you call this…something like “orchestrational and harmonic gestural writing”, or “tonal consequence”, or even “temporal textural tautological antiphony”?…maybe you just mean “music”. “Blues for Pablo”–True to Form Posted on October 8, 2011 by Scott Healy View the original article at professorscosco.com.   Blues for Pablo is to me the best piece of music on the great Miles Davis/Gil Evans 1958 record Miles Ahead (also titled Miles +19.) It’s a rich and detailed work. Gil’s techniques–transparent orchestration,  use of instruments such as alto flute, french horns, tuba and…

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B-3 Basics for Pianists

Here’s another reprint of a lesson from Keyboard from a few years ago. Despite quite a few musical typos (blame the copyist), you’ll get the idea. Many past lessons are available at the Keyboard Magazine website , so check them all out online, not just the ones I did. If you buy Keyboard on the stands you’ll notice that the print edition’s wide format makes the lessons look particularity great. The basic idea of this lesson is that no matter how good a pianist or keyboardist you are, there are some trademark and non-intuitive techniques you need to know, and…

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“Get Funky” Rhodes Lesson from Keyboard Magazine

Here’s a reprint of a lesson I did for Keyboard Magazine a few years ago…in fact the bio at the bottom talks about The Tonight Show, so it must be from 2009…the pic above is from a session I did in June with my 1973 Fender Rhodes 73 Stage, which I bought in 1974, sold in 1985, then after an intense bout of seller’s remorse, tracked down and bought back in 1994. (click here for original article on keyboardmag.com) Influential recordings from the late 1960s by pioneering keyboardists (such as those by Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea with Miles Davis, and…

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Americana the Beautiful

Notable LA Americana sightings in the last few days: Steve Martin and Edie Brikell blew everyone away with their tune on Conan last week. Steve drove the tune with a cool repeating lick on banjo–the rest of his touring band was there, plus a string quartet, and plus myself on piano and my Conan band mate Michael Merritt on bass. This Steve and Edie show were also headlining at the Hollywood Bowl later in the week. Then on Friday I went to the Bowl to hear Lyle Lovett and his Large Band…holy crap what a great band–four horns, lots of geetars,…

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