The Magic

While at the center of an improvisational experience, one is immersed within a very sensitive and intuitive process. That experience could be a solo improvisation or a group performance. In the case of our Snow Leopard recording, a trio was playing an agreed-upon loose arrangement. We started with an introduction, followed by the melody, then everyone took a solo, and then the head and maybe an outro or coda.

What proceeded out of that loose form arose from jazz being such a fluid art built from the unknown and unexpected. In the moment of playing there are so many things that are occurring between each member of a band.

In our session, I heard something from George. A phrase or just a reaction from him to something I played. Perhaps I heard a break from Jack, some kind of snare drum or bass drum hit. All that made an impression on me because I was listening so intently to them. One hundred percent.

I was not listening to what I was playing because I had already heard what I was going to play a nanosecond before. So, I could grab anything I heard from Jack and George and use it in my own playing without any difficulty.

That left me with a wonderful opportunity to hear what they were playing and comfortably play within the moment. I heard everything as part of the whole. It was a state where I was undistracted as both the performer and listener. 

This intuitive process provides me and anyone else able to do this with a particular kind of freedom during recording or playing live. It allows one the freedom to shape the music in the moment and in a compositional way, even if that means drastically changing the arrangement as we did with The Snow Leopard.

This level of synchronicity doesn’t always happen but when it does, you must be prepared musically in terms of experience, knowledge, and ear. You must be ready to jump into it.

But it requires a certain control of your emotions.

Inception
Cinematic @ 68 bpm
Inception
Cinematic @ 68 bpm
Milky Way
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
Milky Way
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
I-VI-II-V
Jazz @ 140 bpm
I-VI-II-V
Jazz @ 140 bpm
Caribbean Express
Salsa @ 165 bpm
Caribbean Express
Salsa @ 165 bpm
Dawn of a New Day
Soul @ 85 bpm
Dawn of a New Day
Soul @ 85 bpm
Spinning Top
Jazz Waltz @ 140 bpm
Spinning Top
Jazz Waltz @ 140 bpm
Sails Full Open
Contemporary @ 120 bpm
Sails Full Open
Contemporary @ 120 bpm
Summer's Dawn
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
Summer's Dawn
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
The Benji Pad
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
The Benji Pad
Ethereal @ 100 bpm
St. Thomas Block Party
Calypso @ 114 bpm
St. Thomas Block Party
Calypso @ 114 bpm
Island Mines
World Music @ 112 bpm
Island Mines
World Music @ 112 bpm
Disco Marley
Reggae-ish @ 110 bpm
Disco Marley
Reggae-ish @ 110 bpm
Earthen Choir
Ethereal @ 92 bpm
Earthen Choir
Ethereal @ 92 bpm
Jungle Dance
Cinematic @ 130 bpm
Jungle Dance
Cinematic @ 130 bpm
Bailey's Waltz
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
Bailey's Waltz
Jazz Waltz @ 110 bpm
Afternoon Daydreaming
Samba @ 90 bpm
Afternoon Daydreaming
Samba @ 90 bpm
Galactica
Epic @ 100 bpm
Galactica
Epic @ 100 bpm
Lush Life
Funk @ 90 bpm
Lush Life
Funk @ 90 bpm
Eleuthera
Bolero @ 90 bpm
Eleuthera
Bolero @ 90 bpm
Good Bye
Ethereal @ 90 bpm
Good Bye
Ethereal @ 90 bpm
Southside Strut
Funk @ 100 bpm
Southside Strut
Funk @ 100 bpm
Standing outside
Bossa @ 150 bpm
Standing outside
Bossa @ 150 bpm
Groovy Jazzy
Jazz funk @ 112 bpm
Groovy Jazzy
Jazz funk @ 112 bpm
Sound Refuge
Eclectic - no temp
Sound Refuge
Eclectic - no temp
Dreaming of Mars
Static harmony without a tempo
Dreaming of Mars
Static harmony without a tempo
Beat Sweeper
Jazz @ 180 bpm
Beat Sweeper
Jazz @ 180bpm
Cruisin'
Fast Americana @ 224 bpm
Cruisin'
Fast Americana @ 224 bpm
Contemplation
Smooth @ 120 bpm
Contemplation
Smooth @ 120 bpm

This is just a fake book example for the type of website I can build for you. Just trying to use a little humor here!