My newest creation. Not sure where this one came from. I started with an ostinato, realized it was in 7, thought that was interesting because odd metered compositions don’t come that easily…usually. From there it took off. I arrived at the opening harmonic movement by playing around with 2-note voicings of 4ths, 5ths, and 6ths, and added bass notes that complete the triadic structures. The next part of the tune I was attempting to compose a basic pentatonic line that slides in and out of B minor and Ab major pentatonic, with a bunch of chromatic neighbor and passing tones to spice things up. This is a technique that my teacher in Detroit, the brilliant Rob Pipho, was hipping me to in my last lessons over a year ago. I tried to rhythmically displace the pentatonic groupings so as to create a line that is less predictable and pattern-istic — I think it also makes for more interesting tension points along the way. Forgive the dance beat 🙂
Here’s a shout out to any students, past and present, of the Detroit-based jazz musician and educator, Rob Pipho. You all may find this web-based flash card randomizer handy. Enjoy!