Stolen Moments (Jazz on a Push pt.2) from QB Warm Days on Vimeo.
More adventures in jazz-on-a-push, as I spend most of my time playing with this gizmo.
This is a beautiful jazz standard by Oliver Nelson, whose original has wonderful all-star horn arrangements with Nelson plus Eric Dolphy and Freddie Hubbard! The Ahmad Jamal version from his Awakening album is stunningly pretty, and the Mark Murphy vocal version is also essential!
The tune is a variation on the whole minor blues thing, starting out on C minor, moving to F minor, back to C minor, and then varying the form with the chromatic stepwise part that follow, but at its heart, this is simply a minor blues. If you learn the minor blues, your most of the way to knowing Stolen Moments and a million other songs.
The 8x8 grid of the Push and the LaunchPad, is great for harmonic shapes, though I think the Linnstrument is more intuitive for melodic runs, being able to stretch out more horizontally. This will be apparent in a future video, as I’m not soloing on this video. It’s not a big problem on an 8x8 device, you simply practice through it. However if you are going to invest in one or other of these types of devices with the idea of playing it as an instrumentalist, and not just trigger loops or do some finger drumming, it’s worth comparing them before splashing the cash.
If you’re interested in doing this kind of thing then send me a message or leave a comment. You’ll probably want the Mark Levine book, and maybe the Jamey Aebersold play-alongs. I’m just translating all that jazz theory to the Push. I may start doing tutorial videos at some point, as that seems to be the fashion of our age. If you’re in the UK I do private tuition sessions tailored to the individual, covering all aspects of electronic music production, (with or without a pad-based controller).