JJ Johnson: Autumn Leaves

Some things worthy of mentioning that are great here is the sparsity near the beginning (45). Knowing the autumn leaves melody makes this much more enjoyable, because you already have the expectation of what it will sound like, and then we he rests for most of it, it is pleasantly surprising. I kinda hear a ghost melody when he rests, which comes from my memory of the melody- it’s a cool effect on its own, but also also the development of contrast as he begins to fill in all that space. This is a good technique that I want to implementing my own solo’s, giving them rom to grow. I appreciate, but am not crazy about all the fast stuff, and throughly enjoy the rhythmic variation.
I liked the sax and piano solo’s too, and especially how the piano used chords and sequences to build intensity.

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