Feedback from Robin recently was that i need to play more 'Straights'. I checked this out online and the only definition I found was for Straight 8's: even 8 notes i.e. even quavers. It also said 'as in Latin'. Now this is one of the jazz styles I said I wanted to learn way back in an early blog. So I am going to work on this for the next couple of weeks.
With regard to my other goals for this year I feel I have developed a broader range of cadences and am now more adventurous. Learning to leave space is still a work in progress. I have achieved my goal of learning i) a piece in Funk style: This Masquerade by George Benson and ii) a piece in Bee-Bop: Billie's Bounce by Charlie Parker. However I still need to find, learn and rehearse a Latin style piece other than Green Dolphin Street by Sonny Rollins and Girl From Ipanema by Antonio Carlos Joabim. I am listening to Oscar Peterson (above left) playing Call Me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNadVGb_Nvs
I think this was written by Tony Hatch. This performance has lots of Straight 8's in it. It's quite up-beat but Mr. Peterson leaves plenty of room. The momentum is maintained by the rhythm players. I will analyse this performance and learn it by next week as a style exercise
Recently we have been practising So What: Miles Davis in a really Jazz Funk style. I plan to try a play straights in this tomorrow.