Jazz Matters Transform Your life with the Secret Habits of Jazz Living: Improvisation

Jazz Messenger Courtesy of Gil Mayers

Jazz Messenger Courtesy of Gil Mayers

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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  1. #1 by navigator1965 on February 16, 2014 - 4:13 pm

    Cool post. I really liked what Bill Evans had to say in the interview. Thanks, JBC. Another good one.


  2. #3 by Let's CUT the Crap! on February 16, 2014 - 7:49 am

    Makes sense but I couldn’t do it even if I were a musician. :-)


    • #4 by Jazzybeatchick on February 16, 2014 - 9:56 am

      Okay, if you say so…. JBC 8-)


      • #5 by Let's CUT the Crap! on February 16, 2014 - 1:20 pm

        You make a point I cannot ignore. If a person knows something well, they will wish to improve on that, I suppose.
        I used to sew dolls. After a while I became bored with the original pattern and kept changing / improving / enhancing it to make it my own. I didn’t stop because then I would be bored but improvisation kept me interested. Is that what you mean?


      • #6 by Jazzybeatchick on February 16, 2014 - 4:45 pm

        Now that’s what I am talkin’ about! Beautifully put. JBC 8-)


      • #7 by Let's CUT the Crap! on February 17, 2014 - 6:21 am

        As I live, I l.e.a.r.n. :-) See, you pulled that out of me. Got me thinking.


      • #8 by Jazzybeatchick on February 17, 2014 - 6:23 am

        You go Girl! Take care! JBC 8-)


      • #9 by Let's CUT the Crap! on February 17, 2014 - 7:05 am

        *smiles from ear to ear*



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