Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Straight, No Chaser - two interpretations

You know, I think I'm kind of a Monk guy? Here's something I did for a student some time ago- a comparison of Ben Riley's and Art Taylor's approach to playing on the head of Straight, No Chaser, including rhythm of the melody for easy reference. They're not actually drastically different- each is fairly loose, varying the cymbal a bit, Riley uses the bass drum a little more. Neither plays anything real big, or follows the melody over-closely. I'm most interested in how they use the bass drum, what they do in measure 6, and at the end of the form.

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