Jazz as a conversation ~ Swing, jazz and blues - Dance to the music

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Jazz as a conversation

Often jazz improvisation is similar to a good conversation. You both take turns talking and listening. You say your next sentence built on what the other person just said. Reacting but also adding new angles and introducing new topics.

Sometimes the conversation can get a little bit heated and turn into a dispute. This is shown excellently by weepingprophet in this video clip where he illustrates a jazz dispute between Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie "Bird" Parker.

The music in this video clip is "Leap frog" from the album Bird & Diz. I think this clip is hilarious.

What do you think of the video clip? Do you got any other video tips? Tell me.

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