Thoughts on jazz improvisation

The importance of the bassist

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“You’ve got to find some way of saying it without saying it.” — Duke Ellington

Ben Triesch performs at Parker Jazz Club last June. Credit: Kris Kimura

“The word ‘improvisation’ has great limitations, because when musicians are given solo responsibility they already have a suggestion of a melody written for them, and so before they begin they already know more or less what they are going to play. Anyone who plays anything worth hearing knows what he’s going to play, no matter whether prepared a day ahead or a beat ahead. It has to be with intent." — Duke Ellington.

“First you learn the instrument, then you learn the music, then you forget all that shit and just play.” — Charlie Parker.

Ben Triesch performs at Parker Jazz Club last September. Credit: Kris Kimura

“You cannot step into the same river twice, for other waters are continually flowing on.” — Heraclitus

“My Baby Just Cares For Me” (46'08") — Kenny Williams and the Ryan Davis Trio (Ryan Davis on piano, Ben Triesch on bass and Mike Koenning on drums) perform live at Parker Jazz Club. Credit: Kris Kimura

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