Chart #1 Minstrale from: ZERO
This is a lead sheet style chart of a composition entitled "Minstrale".
It is featured on the CD Greg Osby - Zero. (BN# 7243 4 93760 2 1)
The vertical structures are typical "Jazz style" voicings. I have provided
common chord symbols familiar to most improvising musicians although many
of the vertical structures do not directly adhere to the usual standard
of notational labeling. The symbols themselves reflect only a composite
representation of the sound that is produced. The total form basically
suggests a 14 bar blues. The blues feeling is dictated by the so-called
four chord in bar five. This element is what western music theorists use
to define a blues. I am of the opinion that blues is a feeling that is
broader than any rigid sense of form. It is not to be contained within
the static rigidity of a style or popular classification.
It was quite common for many of the field blues or Delta blues musicians
to play songs deeply steeped in the blues feeling without ever going to
a prescribed four chord. Another element that was key to their expression
was the liberal utilization of variable lengths of the forms in successive
(chorus) cycles. Using this open framework, the level of suspense and resolution
is heightened. Also, any accompanyists must lend a mindfull ear as musical
cues were apt to be issued without warning - thus launching the soloist
or complete ensemble into totally unanticipated areas of the blues structure.
It was critical that one did not allow themselves to become "locked" into
a set pattern or chorus structure.
Other variations on the blues forms:
From Art Forum
Miss D' Meena
Mood For Thought
From Sound Theatre
From Black Book
continue to Chart #2:
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