So what is a modal jazz song by Miles Davis which is on his album ‘Kind of Blue’. In this blog i will be talking through the song and the solo Miles plays during the song. Here is the song i will be analysing:
Now this song it formed around one main riff but there is a lot of improvising throughout the song. The riff is like a call and response, the upright bass usually plays the riff at the start. Then the piano responds with two chords. The whole piece is in a 32 bar form with the structure of AABA. The song is based around D dorian and Eb dorian. While soloing over this 32 bar structure, you can Follow D dorian (16 bars), Eb dorian (8 bars) then back to D dorian (8 bars). This can get you through all the song while soloing.
The goes through a whole chorus once before all the musicians play. At the start its Bass, Piano and drums until after the first chorus. The drums play 4/4 but played swung. Most members of the group take solos during this song including John Coltrane on sax (Who can be linked to my blog on Giant Steps). I think that Miles’ approach to soloing over this is very melodic and flows through the chord and scale changes. Miles’ phrases is very smooth where as i think Coltrane uses a more tight approach to soloing over it. His phrasing can be quite static with faster playing leaving a lot less space. This creates a completely different atmosphere in the song comparing both ways these two solo.