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Dynamic Shaping

Posted by on Mar 7, 2019 in Technique, Vocabulary | 0 comments

One of Brian Blade’s many devices that makes his approach so captivating. Luckily, it’s something we can all adopt fairly easily.

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Hey Blade, Shut the Front Door!

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Vocabulary | 0 comments

Here’s an easy but highly effective comp I picked up from Brian Blade.

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Avoiding the “1” Part 6: Brian Blade Comping Analysis

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Listening Lab | 0 comments

We wrap up the “Avoiding the 1” series by studying some comping of a modern master: Brian Blade. How does he employ this style of phrasing? Let’s find out…

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52 Licks, Week 4: Brian Blade Lick

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in 52 Licks | 0 comments

Week 4 of a series I’m calling “52 Licks.” 1 new jazz phrase each week for 2013.
This week’s phrase came from a gig I went to with Brian Blade, Sam Yahel, and Peter Bernstein. They used to have a trio at Small’s every Wednesday night, and I went there like Church.

Brian played this one night and I never forgot it. It’s essentially a New Orleans phrase, just spiced up a bit. Turns out, he’s not the first to play it, as with most good phrases – it’s been around awhile. But as you’ll hear, there’s good reason for it to last this long

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