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Old 01-08-2012, 09:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Modal jazz is jazz that uses musical modes rather than chord progressions as a harmonic framework. Originating in the late 1950s and 1960s, modal jazz is characterized by Miles Davis's "Milestones" (1958) Kind of Blue (1959) and John Coltrane's classic quartet from 1960–64.[2] Other important performers include Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and McCoy Tyner.[2] Though the term comes from the use of the pitches of particular modes (or scales) in the creation of solos, modal jazz compositions or accompaniments may only or additionally make use of the following techniques[2]:
  1. slow-moving harmonic rhythm, where single chords may last four to sixteen or more measures
  2. pedal points and[3] drones
  3. absent or suppressed standard functional chord progressions
  4. quartal harmonies or melodies
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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aiyoh! as if I'm gonna dissect every jazz album i have and see whether they have modal scales

it's not a particular "sound", only a particular way of improvisation
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also:-

"slow-moving harmonic rhythm, where single chords may last four to sixteen or more measures"

vamps are commonplace in other jazz

"pedal points and drones"

pedal points are found more in soul jazz

"absent or suppressed standard functional chord progressions"

standard functional chord progressions are often only found in reinvention of "standards", most other jazz uses the above description

"quartal harmonies or melodies"

this is just a "grouping" in some sections - not all modal jazz are "quartal"
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At least we can start out with some modal classics



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