Miles Davis, Blue in Green (Miles Davis and Bill Evans), New York, March 2, 1959. Miles Davis (t); John Coltrane (ts); Bill Evans (p); Paul Chambers (b); Jimmy Cobb (d)
There is an introduction, how many bars is it? The melody, or head, begins at 00:18 and ends at 01:44. What is the form? This piece presents a type of form that has only 1 section. How many bars is it? The tempo of this piece is rather slow. Hint: Davis plays through the form two times between 00:18 and 01:44. Describe how Davis phrases and interprets the melody. Does it sound like he is playing a written part or is he taking liberties? Is his style of play different from other trumpet players like Dizzy Gillespie or Louis Armstrong? Describe. When Evans begins his solo at 01:45 the chord changes become double-timed. This means the chords are played twice as fast even though the bass and drums keep the same tempo and quarter note. Keeping this in mind, how many choruses does Evans play? The double-time continues for Coltranes solo, how many choruses does he play? At 03:09 to 03:29 Evans solos on the chord progression at quadruple-time (chords are played 4 times as fast as the original progression). His solo leads back to Davis where the quadruple-time ends and the melody is played. How many bars is this section? What are the general characteristics of this piece that are different from the bebop and other hard bop groups we have heard?
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