Improv fusion suggestions....

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  1. countandduke

    countandduke Member

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    My 3-piece and I are looking to do some cool improv friendly tunes. We are looking for areas of pre-worked out material but then have nice long improv sections that can go on for extended periods. I was thinking some Miles Davis stuff would be cool. Any suggestions for instrumental type fusiony tunes???

    I saw String Cheese doing a cool version of footprints.....

    THanks....

    Chris
     
  2. MGT

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    You could pick almost any standard out of the Real book, really. Miles' So What & All Blues have been done to death but they're still great modal tunes to jam with. I saw a local group this past weekend that just picked stuff from the real book & they did a great version of Solar.
     
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    Yeah, I was thinking of doing that but I know there are some super cool tunes out there that are NOT in the real book and I am looking for those golden jems but thanks for the Real Book mention, I will dig it out tonight.

    Chris
     
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    Try some Pop tunes. Maybe "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". It has a nice descending bassline, over an Am chord. You could extend that and use it as a bridge, for jamming.
     
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    lot's of late 70's Jeff Beck tunes are jam friendly, also Billy Cobham's Spectrum stuff.
     
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    You could vamp the main section to Meeting of the Spirits by Mahavishnu Orchestra. It's a GREAT two chord progression to improv over.

    It's more "fusion" than many of the other answers.

    You may want to check out the first few MO albums. Playing their full tunes may be intimidating, but there's a ton of great rhythms to lift. And trust me, they ARE fusion.
     
  7. countandduke

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    Yeah yeah, MO rules. I was thinking of doing some of their stuff but I like the Jeff Beck idea too. Freeway jam (as much as Jeff hates that song) is still pretty cool.....

    Chris
     
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    When I used to play in a band of this type, we used to play Ronnie Laws's "Always There", Neil Larsen's "Sudden Samba", Roy Ayers "Love Is In The Feel", Donnie Hathway's "Valdez In The Country" and a couple of Pat Martino tunes from the era of "Starbright" and "Joyous Lake".
     
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    The Weather Report songbook is full of amazing tunes that, outside of "Teen Town" and "Birdland", hardly ever get played.
     
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    Freeway Jam , Come Dancing, Blue Wind, School Days, Matinee Idol

    These can be done 3 piece depending on the guitarists skill level
     
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    Coltrane - "Afro Blue". Gov't Mule actually does this live sometimes...great progression.
     
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    Hendrix and Cream tunes are good for this, believe it or not. Crossroads can be taken lots of places as can Voodoo Chile, Machine Gun, War Heroes, etc...
     
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    :joMan, left out Hubbard's "Red Clay" & Povo

    Hancock's Maiden Voyage, Canteloupe Island, Watermelon Man (Headhunter's version)

    These tunes are pretty simple to play over and sound cool
     
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    Composed by Mongo Santamaria :AOK
     
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    A lot of the "soul jazz" or latin jazz stuff works great for this kind of thing.

    Comin home baby
    Mr Magic
    Sugar
    Song for my Father
    Black Orpheus

    I like these because there are not too many changes to negotiate, but there are enough chord changes and turnarounds to to drape nice solos over.
     
  16. yZe

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    There's a tune in the "illegal" real Book called Henniger Flats which is pretty fun when played with a funk groove

    Invitation by Johnny Mercer
     
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    Our band Mind TRaffic does a lot of covers along with our original tunes at gigs. We do stuff from teh Real Book as well as funk/fusion tunes we all like to listen to.Some examples are:
    Hancock-"Maiden Voyage","Actual Proof","Heartbeat"
    Miles-"So what","All Blues","Tutu","Freedom Jazz Dance'
    Coltrane-"Afro Blue","Mr.PC" and that other modal tune like "So What"(forgot the name i think it's "Impressions")
    David Sancious-"One Time"
    Boston T Party-"Around about Way"
    Weather Report-"Havona"
    Shorter-"Footprints"
    Jaco's "The Chicken",Mingus's "Nostalgia In Times Square" and so on and so forth.Hope this helps!

    Vlad
     
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    Invitation was composed by Bronislau Kaper

    :)
     
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    "Tutu" was composed by Marcus Miller

    "Freedom Jazz Dance" was composed by Eddie Harris

    "The Chicken" was composed by Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis

    "Afro Blue" was composed by Mongo Santamaria

    :)

    Not trying to be a hard-on, but these composers wrote these tunes. If we're going to play them in public (most of the time without paying royalties via ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC) I feel like it's good, out of respect, to at least be able to refrain from crediting the wrong composer. I know that if I wrote a book, it would suck if someone quoted it in their book and then attributed it to the wrong author.

    Whatever, I probably just have a stick up my ass today!
     
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    You're right,I definitely knew about Tutu,FJD and Chicken,I guess I was implying that we cover the versions they're most known for.Never knew 'bout "Afro Blue" though,I have to admit!

    Vlad
     

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