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Coleman Hawkins – tritone substitutions

»Posted by on nov 10, 2010 in Blog, English | Komentáre vypnuté na Coleman Hawkins – tritone substitutions

Coleman Hawkins – tritone substitutions

Addition to the previous entry about how Coleman Hawkins came to learn the tritone substitutions. While reading Hawkins’ book The Song Of The Hawk I have come over nice story, which tells us probably how Coleman Hawkins learned about the possibility of tritone substitutions, in words of Albert Bettonville, recalling a night out in Ostend in 1937… „We went to an Hungarian nightclub to hear a tzigane violinist playing and also improvising with maestria. Hawk was extremely interested  and talked a lot with him about harmony. When I met Hawk again after the war I congratulated him for his superb ‘Body and Soul’. He only said – Do you remember that Hungarian violinist?“ Hawk is also talking about its acceptance, in one...

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Coleman Hawkins solo – She’s Funny That Way

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Coleman Hawkins solo – She’s Funny That Way

This recording was made on October 11, 1939. This date should be well known to every jazz fan, as this is the same date, on which Hawk recorded the famous Body And Soul, which laid the fundamentals of  bebop harmonic playing. Having in mind my last transcription of Coleman Hawkins, from 1944, this solo from 1939 is to me clearly showing the way, how Hawk came to utilizing the tritone substitutions in his playing. We can see his use of diminished chord (anticipating dominant F7b9 chord to the tonic Bb major), freely floating from Bb major scale through the diminished chord (mostly descending -> f# eb c a) back to the home Bb major. Changing one tone in the diminished (c to b natural) shows us exactly the way I think Hawk discovered the possible use of tritone...

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