Pivoting Modes – Don Friedman
Don's reworking of Modes Pivoting, 45 years later. It's clearly closely related, but many elements are strikingly different.
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- Recording: Don Friedman - Straight Ahead
- Recorded on: July 26, 2007
- Label: No Coast Jazz Records (NCJR 01)
- Concert Key: E minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Piano - Don Friedman
- Bass - Chuck Israels
- Drums - Joe Hunt
The solo changes are notably different from Modes Pivoting. They are no longer properly modal; the E minor sections alternate between a measure each of Em7 and Fmaj7(♯11), and the B minor section similarly alternates with Cmaj7(♯11). The rest of the solo changes are like the head changes. Don plays over these alternating chords; soloists have the option of interpreting the tonic minor chords as Phrygian, using the same scale as the alternating major chords. The rhythm section plays a loose two-feel for most of the solo chorus, going to four-feel on the bridge but switching back to two-feel in the seventh measure of that section.
This recording has no intro. The ending replaces the last two measures of the head with an ascending eighth-note line over descending half notes in the bass, finishing on Em(maj7).
May 4, 1935 – June 30, 2016
Don Friedman was only four years old, living in San Francisco, when he started playing his parents' piano. A year later, he started lessons with a private teacher. His love for jazz music was born when he moved to L.A. and heard the likes of Les Brown and Lee Konitz for the first time. Read more...