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John Elliott's Insights In Jazz Podcast

John Elliott

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John Elliott's Insights In Jazz Podcast

John Elliott's Insights In Jazz Podcast

John Elliott

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Discussions about the book Insights In Jazz that contains a method to memorise hundreds of jazz chord progressions. www.dropback.co.uk

Latest Episodes

30. Remember

The Irving Berlin standard, Remember, from 1925 is analysed according to the method. Bricks used include: Chromatic Dropback; Cadence; Launcher; To IV n Mack (and Yak). Joins used include: Dogleg; Bootstrap; Sidewinder; (Happenstance).

9 min2010 NOV 14
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30. Remember

29. Star Dust

The standard is analysed according to the method. Bricks used include TTFA dropback; Double Pullback; SPOT; 7-chord Pullback; To IV n Mack; To IV n Yak; On-Off-On; Cadence; Slow Launcher; Bootstrap Launcher. Once again, joins are hardly needed. The Bootstrap join is used.

17 min2010 OCT 11
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29. Star Dust

28. If I Should Lose You & You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

These two standards are analysed according to the method and found to be almost identical. These songs are used to show how standards often visit common keys of I, IV and iv (relative minor) and the joins that are used to get between them (Bauble, Sidewinder, Half Nelson). The Slow Launcher is examined and its location at the end of B sections in ABAC songs considered. Confirming key using the Homer join is discussed and the Spring Cadence is introduced.

15 min2010 SEP 25
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28. If I Should Lose You & You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

27. Misty

The standard Misty is analysed according to the method. Comparison is made with "I Want to Talk About You". Bricks used include: To IV n Yak; POT; SPOT; On-Off-On; Yardbird Cadence; Regular Cadence; CESH; Two-goes; Starlight Cadence. Just two joins are used: Bootstrap and Downwinder.

12 min2010 SEP 14
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27. Misty

26. No More Blues (Chega De Saudade)

This bossa nova standard is analysed according to the method. The song is not in the book and so a chart is available on the Google Group web site. The song is unusually long, with effectively two ABAC song forms joined together, one minor and the other major.

16 min2010 SEP 7
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26. No More Blues (Chega De Saudade)

25. Pennies Ending Metabrick

The Pennies Ending metabrick is introduced. This is family of 8-measure bricks which is extremely common in jazz standards. Most often it is used to as the last 8 measures. But sometimes it is used as the first 8 measures of a song. Many examples are given of the Pennies Ending occurring in jazz standards. Meta concepts covered include: IV n Back; Dropping back; Cadence home. Joins are not discussed in this podcast because, in general, the bricks within the metabrick follow round the cycle or by dropping down a half step (sideslip).

13 min2010 AUG 31
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25. Pennies Ending Metabrick

24. My Foolish Heart

The standard My Foolish Heart from 1949 is analysed according to the method. The form is ABAC, but the chords are more complex than songs looked at to date. The metaview is discussed before the actual bricks of chords are analysed. Bricks used include: ITCHY turnaround; Bootstrap launchers; Launcher; Cadence; Body and Soul approach; Autumnal Cadence approach; Sixpenny Ending; TINGLe dropback; Somewhere cadence. Joins used include: Woody; Bootstrap; Bauble; Stella (!); Dogleg.

20 min2010 AUG 17
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24. My Foolish Heart

23. Rhythm Changes

The chord changes to I Got Rhythm are the most common changes used in jazz after the 12-bar blues. This podcast takes a Metaview of "Rhythm Changes" so that the player can be robust to substitutions that might be commonly used. Bricks used include: POT (and variants such as SPOT, Rhythm Turnaround, Whoopee Turnaround); To IV n Back family; Rhythm Bridge. Joins used include: Sidewinder; (Pullback); (Yardbird); (Bird SPOT).

11 min2010 AUG 10
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23. Rhythm Changes

22. Whisper Not and the Backsliding Autumnal Cadence

In this episode, Whisper Not is analysed according to the method. This song is in AABA form and is considered to have a home key of Dm since that is the only key in the song that is established and confirmed. Reference is made to Green Dolphin Street and How Deep is the Ocean that have some similar harmonic moves. Bricks used include: On; Cadence; POT; SPOT; launcher; Nowhere launcher. The only join used is the Backslider.

12 min2010 AUG 3
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22. Whisper Not and the Backsliding Autumnal Cadence

21. Broadway and the mystery of Bartok substitution

The standard from 1940 is analysed and shown to have the same A section "metabrick" as "Take the A Train" and "Bernie's Tune". Using diminished-7 chords, Bartok substitution is introduced. Bricks and concepts covered include: Cadence; Hover; On-Off; POT; Side-slipping; Multi-subbed POT; Nowhere Launcher; Launcher. Joins include: Bootstrap; New Horizon; (Nowhere).

16 min2010 JUL 27
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21. Broadway and the mystery of Bartok substitution

Latest Episodes

30. Remember

The Irving Berlin standard, Remember, from 1925 is analysed according to the method. Bricks used include: Chromatic Dropback; Cadence; Launcher; To IV n Mack (and Yak). Joins used include: Dogleg; Bootstrap; Sidewinder; (Happenstance).

9 min2010 NOV 14
Comments
30. Remember

29. Star Dust

The standard is analysed according to the method. Bricks used include TTFA dropback; Double Pullback; SPOT; 7-chord Pullback; To IV n Mack; To IV n Yak; On-Off-On; Cadence; Slow Launcher; Bootstrap Launcher. Once again, joins are hardly needed. The Bootstrap join is used.

17 min2010 OCT 11
Comments
29. Star Dust

28. If I Should Lose You & You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

These two standards are analysed according to the method and found to be almost identical. These songs are used to show how standards often visit common keys of I, IV and iv (relative minor) and the joins that are used to get between them (Bauble, Sidewinder, Half Nelson). The Slow Launcher is examined and its location at the end of B sections in ABAC songs considered. Confirming key using the Homer join is discussed and the Spring Cadence is introduced.

15 min2010 SEP 25
Comments
28. If I Should Lose You & You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

27. Misty

The standard Misty is analysed according to the method. Comparison is made with "I Want to Talk About You". Bricks used include: To IV n Yak; POT; SPOT; On-Off-On; Yardbird Cadence; Regular Cadence; CESH; Two-goes; Starlight Cadence. Just two joins are used: Bootstrap and Downwinder.

12 min2010 SEP 14
Comments
27. Misty

26. No More Blues (Chega De Saudade)

This bossa nova standard is analysed according to the method. The song is not in the book and so a chart is available on the Google Group web site. The song is unusually long, with effectively two ABAC song forms joined together, one minor and the other major.

16 min2010 SEP 7
Comments
26. No More Blues (Chega De Saudade)

25. Pennies Ending Metabrick

The Pennies Ending metabrick is introduced. This is family of 8-measure bricks which is extremely common in jazz standards. Most often it is used to as the last 8 measures. But sometimes it is used as the first 8 measures of a song. Many examples are given of the Pennies Ending occurring in jazz standards. Meta concepts covered include: IV n Back; Dropping back; Cadence home. Joins are not discussed in this podcast because, in general, the bricks within the metabrick follow round the cycle or by dropping down a half step (sideslip).

13 min2010 AUG 31
Comments
25. Pennies Ending Metabrick

24. My Foolish Heart

The standard My Foolish Heart from 1949 is analysed according to the method. The form is ABAC, but the chords are more complex than songs looked at to date. The metaview is discussed before the actual bricks of chords are analysed. Bricks used include: ITCHY turnaround; Bootstrap launchers; Launcher; Cadence; Body and Soul approach; Autumnal Cadence approach; Sixpenny Ending; TINGLe dropback; Somewhere cadence. Joins used include: Woody; Bootstrap; Bauble; Stella (!); Dogleg.

20 min2010 AUG 17
Comments
24. My Foolish Heart

23. Rhythm Changes

The chord changes to I Got Rhythm are the most common changes used in jazz after the 12-bar blues. This podcast takes a Metaview of "Rhythm Changes" so that the player can be robust to substitutions that might be commonly used. Bricks used include: POT (and variants such as SPOT, Rhythm Turnaround, Whoopee Turnaround); To IV n Back family; Rhythm Bridge. Joins used include: Sidewinder; (Pullback); (Yardbird); (Bird SPOT).

11 min2010 AUG 10
Comments
23. Rhythm Changes

22. Whisper Not and the Backsliding Autumnal Cadence

In this episode, Whisper Not is analysed according to the method. This song is in AABA form and is considered to have a home key of Dm since that is the only key in the song that is established and confirmed. Reference is made to Green Dolphin Street and How Deep is the Ocean that have some similar harmonic moves. Bricks used include: On; Cadence; POT; SPOT; launcher; Nowhere launcher. The only join used is the Backslider.

12 min2010 AUG 3
Comments
22. Whisper Not and the Backsliding Autumnal Cadence

21. Broadway and the mystery of Bartok substitution

The standard from 1940 is analysed and shown to have the same A section "metabrick" as "Take the A Train" and "Bernie's Tune". Using diminished-7 chords, Bartok substitution is introduced. Bricks and concepts covered include: Cadence; Hover; On-Off; POT; Side-slipping; Multi-subbed POT; Nowhere Launcher; Launcher. Joins include: Bootstrap; New Horizon; (Nowhere).

16 min2010 JUL 27
Comments
21. Broadway and the mystery of Bartok substitution
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