Gospel music and the Blues are intimately linked. Gospel tunes are often based on the blues progression and because of this the Blues naturally lends itself to gospel style inflection. Wynton Kelly elegantly demonstrates this two-sides-of-a-coin relationship on his gospel inflected blues solo over the changes to his tune "Old Clothes" from his 1959 Riverside release "Kelly Blue." The secret to achieving this gospel blues sound is revealed through an analysis of his solo in this lesson.
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"I'm enjoying the lessons. I got a lot out of the lesson about improvising over the blues Wynton-style - the chromatic approach to a chord tone has revolutionized my playing overnight - over the years I heard this on so many records without knowing what was going on and now I have it in my bag of tricks ! Similarly the use of neighboring notes to approach the chord tone is another trick I'm happy to add to my armoury. Gives a very bebop sound. And the rule about the II minor to create the Gospel sound was another mystery explained. I am happy to report that the fog is beginning to lift..." -Gerry
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Bill did undergraduate work at the Berklee College of Music and holds the M.Mus. degree in Jazz Studies from the Boston Conservatory/Berklee College of Music where he studied with Ray Santisi and Charlie Banacos. Bill taught and played extensively around the Boston area for the better part of two decades appearing everywhere from the legendary Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge MA to a long stand at the Hampshire House on Beacon Hill in Boston before relocating to the Raleigh-Durham NC area where he teaches full-time on JazzPianoOnline.com.