Jazz is all about improvisation and it’s about the moment in time, doing it this way now, and you’ll never do it this way twice. I’ve studied the masters. Why would I want to play ball after the guys who sit on a bench? I want to play like Michael Jordan. ~ Brian McKnight
Improvisation is probably the most abused word in society today. The little girl in the eHarmony commercial says “…eHarmony has the hottest babes…” the grandfather says, “…I never said that.” The little girl pops off “…I improvised!.” Improvisation is a very complicated and misunderstood concept in contemporary living. For that reason, I have broken this topic into segments. It is not lying. It is not flying by the seat of your pants. So let’s begin with the basics. Dave Brubeck is one of the masters of Improvisation. The brain can alter itself into creative frame where its purpose at that moment is to generate novelty and is not inhibited.
Let’s listen to Mr. Brubeck’s notable track from the Take 5 album Improvisation.
David Warren Dave Brubeck (December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered to be one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz. Brubeck’s style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting his mother’s attempts at classical training and his improvisational skills. His music is known for employing unusual time signatures, and superimposing contrasting rhythms, timbre and tonality.
Improvisation is the spontaneous creation of music. It is perhaps the most fascinating phenomena to watch and to listen to. It is spontaneous, dynamic and can never be heard or duplicated it is a once in a lifetime thing. One way to understand improvisation is explore jazz through musicians who have mastered this skill.
Bill Evans – The Creative Process and Self-Teaching
Improvisation is one of the highest forms of creativity. To live your life and remaining in the present tense is an exhilarating way of living the Jazz life. There are no rights or wrongs No good or bad and it is so spontaneous you don’t have tine to judge. It is all about Being. Do you use improv in your life? I bet you do…Peace Out! JBC 8-)
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