I recently wrote an article for Downbeat magazine’s September 2018 “Woodshed” column on substitutions for diminished chords. I got a little overly excited at all the possibilities, so unfortunately Downbeat had to edit the article down a bit. Below is a link to download the unabridged version for free.
Thanks to Downbeat editor Ed Enright for graciously giving me permission to print the full article on my web site.
I also jotted down a few thoughts. In them I talk about my friendship with Marian as well as a bit about the other musicians on the CD, Steve Wilson, Virginia Mayhew, Bill Mobley, Harvie S and Billy Mintz:
Bill Evans rehearsing his trio. It’s really interesting to observe his process and priorities. I also caught myself wondering why he needed to go over some of the rhythmic figures with the drummer when they seemed so obvious. Then I remembered that these figures were not a set part of the jazz vocabulary yet, because Bill invented them!
My favorite quote: “Don’t put yourself into any tension about any of those [rhythmic figures] because I’d rather have you miss them and be relaxed.”
Bill Evans Copenhagen Rehearsal Tape (1966 Live Video) - YouTube
Karrin Allyson has been at Birdland this week. Last night she very generously invited me to sit in on a duo version of Marian McPartland’s Twilight World, which we play on my upcoming CD, One for Marian.
It was a great pleasure to perform this song live with Karrin. It was also wonderful to hear Karrin’s spot-on interpretations and remarkable artistry and craft. She is truly one of the best singers around, and a fine songwriter as well. Her band was terrific, including a gifted young pianist I was not familiar with, Miro Sprague.