New CD – Reunion

Alto saxophonist Andy Ehling and I have released our second album, “Reunion”.

We recorded ten original compositions in Kansas City over two days.

Nate Espy and Nick Crane at Rooftop Media engineered the session.

The band includes Andy Ehling on alto sax,Matt Otto on tenor sax,

Leonard Thompson on rhodes, Brad Williams on drums and Ben Leifer on bass.

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You can support our project by donating or buying the CD from

CD baby, Itunes, or any of the normal online retailers.

You can also listen to the CD for free on Band Camp (link below).

Here’s the Plastic Sax review of the album.

 

~Enjoy!

Neon Jazz Interview

Last February I was interviewed by Joe Dimino at Neon Jazz.

Joe’s blog is an amazing wealth of interviews and inspiration where

you can spend hours learning insights from many great living jazz artists.

Here’s my interview with Joe:

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Daily Practice 14: 5/8 Over 4/4

In this video I’m working on playing All The Things in 4/4 on piano. Half notes in the bass and 3rds and 7ths grouped in 5/8.  This piano exercise  helps me to play 5/8 against 4 while playing my saxophone.  Just to be clear, the grouping of 5/8 in my right hand is a quarter note followed by a dotted quarter note throughout the form of the tune.  This 5/8 grouping creates harmonic anticipation and harmonic suspension against the 4/4 half notes in the bass.  It will help you to blur the bar line a bit and improve your rhythmic concept.

~ Enjoy!

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Daily Practice 13: Triads through Scales

Here is a short  routine I came up with that covers all diatonic triads in all inversions through of the main scale types.
The scales are Major, Harmonic minor, Melodic minor and Harmonic Major (Major with a b6 or b13). The triad notes are ordered in broken arpeggios only (skipping between voices or chord tones).  I’ve found broken arpeggios to be a bit more challenging and interesting to the ear. For example, C major in root position with a note order or broken arpeggio of 3,1,5 is more difficult than note order or arpeggio 1,3,5 (while keeping the triad in root position). This routine covers all these broken arpeggios in every inversion through these 4 scale types. The PDF’s below are all in C (C major sale, C Harmonic minor scale, C Melodic minor scale and C Harmonic Major scale.  The mp3s can allow you to sing along for ear training.

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~Enjoy!

melodic minor tiads.musx

Harmonic Major – Diatonic Triads Mp3

 

Harmonic Minor Triads.musx

Harmonic minor – Diatonic Triads Mp3

 

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Major Scale – Diatonic Triads Mp3

Melodic Minor Triads.musx

Melodic minor – Diatonic Triads Mp3

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