Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, James Marshall Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Allan Holdsworth, Michael Brecker, Mike Stern, Eddie Van Halen, Pat Martino, Frank Zappa .... these are names which are mentioned in hushed, revered tones of discussion. These cats have mapped out, transformed, and launched modern improvisational music into the present and future, and beyond. What they thinking when they played? More importantly, what were hearing? Where did those notes come from? Well, that's the point of this group, and what we will attempt to find out.
First off, I know that this is a very deep, controversial and personal subject. When one is improvising, they are in essence, baring their soul. They are communicating in the purest form possible with regards to their talent ... through their instrument of choice. This is a wide open discussion, and I am attempting to glean some ideas from everyone in order to teach everyone at the same time. I don't claim to be a music scholar, but I do know a few things, so please, bear with me on this, and take it as far and as wide as you wish. Thank you for checking it out, and I'm looking forward to seeing where this takes us on our musical journey together!