Monday, October 11, 2004

Scale of the Day: F Lydian

The F Lydian Scale as you would find it on any conventionally tuned equal tempered instrument. Posted by Hello

Today is the anniversary of the birth of two more composers responsible for works that inspire me. The great jazz drummer Art Blakey. Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers with Thelonius Monk (Atlantic, 1958) is one of those classic recordings no serious jazz buff should be without. The other composer b-day observed today is the great trumpet player Lester Bowie. He is probably best known for his work with the Art Ensemble of Chicago and involvement with the astonishingly inspiring AACM. I remember catching a set at the Apollo Theatre in New York City of Jack DeJohnette and Lester Bowie playing together back in 1987. He was truly one of the great creative improvisers on that instrument. I recommend checking out Fast Last and Rope-a-dope.

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