01/26/12

Lee Konitz: Singing & Playing It

Video excerpt of sax icon demonstrating Sing & Play Exercise, accompanied by Dan Tepfer

In this excerpt from sax icon Lee Konitz' Talking & Playing instructional video, available from JazzHeaven, Lee, together with frequent collaborator, pianist Dan Tepfer, shares a great Jazz Improvisation Exercise: singing 4 bars, followed by playing 4 bars.

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Lee Konitz

Your playing can "echo & develop" what you sang before.
This can be done over any chord structure, but works well over a blues, for example.
A very helpful exercise for "keeping the mechanics away", as Lee puts it.

In the rest of the Talking & Playing video, part documentary, part musical master class, Lee openly and candidly discusses his unique approach to music making and the improvisational process. He also shares countless fascinating anecdotes, reaching as far back as the 1940s, covering encounters with Lennie Tristano, Warne Marsh, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, and many more. It also includes a truly classic 60-minute Interview.

The video was recorded on 4/22/2010 at JazzHeaven Studios, NYC. To check out more instructional jazz videos, go to the JazzHeaven website.

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