Thursday, September 15, 2016

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- Remembering John Coltrane

As I've said before one of the fascinations, and inspirations I've always had has been John Coltrane work ethic. He played who he was-he never tried to be someone else. The work ethic he had and the commitment to knowledge took him to a level unto itself. You might research his solos on standard tunes, Then research how his blues playing expanded over the course of his career. Like any artist the blues is the real thumbprint of an improviser. Coltrane also had a lot of work he did many times he went to multi instrumentalist Yusef Lateef to gain insights into scale usages and also scales like expanded Phrygian expanded Dorian and also Greek and Persian scales. At some point of course these are modes. Please check my enclosed handwritten PDF here with a Persian scale and expanded Phrygian scale.The scales and chordal matrix I added for the harmonic usage of these scales- check it out. This is some serious business-in my opinion of course what equipment Coltrane used is interesting to a degree, too many times people are spending far too much energy worrying about that which is of course personal-and they are not hitting the work ethic which is what made this man such a brilliant player. Even back to the early days you could hear all his bebop language-approach notes-scale displacements. Far more important than trying to find a five digit serial number on our favorite French saxophones

Take some time and study this man's music from the side of enjoyment and reflection-and also the study aspect. People always say to me what's a great solo to start with to transcribe- I always say what started me in 1969 at Berklee was Andy McGee getting me into playing one chorus of his solo on " Oleo"... That's a great place to start get that in tempo. There's always something in this man's legacy and recorded career to be inspired by-search it out and pursue it. But remember being who you are that's one of the greatest lessons that we can learn from this man-and study and look for things lifelong.

For more info on Coltrane via my blogs- go here-

Tim Price Bloggin' for D' Addario Woodwinds- Coltrane / Prestige 7105

Tim Price Bloggin' For D'Addario Woodwinds- The pantheon of great jazz masters- and like minds. Trane & Slominsky.

THANK YOU....  Tim Price


The "Coltrane at 90" event info that I'm playing in Philadelphia, Pa is listed below; please read, there are details- if you plan on attending. The 2 events I'm playing are listed as well; Thanks so much! Grateful to be chosen for this.
Saturday, September 17th, 2016 
Jazz Walk – Giant Steps
East Park Reservoir/Fairmount Park
33rd and Diamond Streets, Phila., PA 19121
Site C:
12:00pm - Tim Price Trio with; bass- Mike Boone, Rob Martino- drums
4:00pm - Tenor Madness Ensemble / featuring Sam Reed, Larry McKenna,Tim Price and others.

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