While working on some ideas for improvising over “Giant Steps”—a process I call “live-wiring,” after neuroscientist David Eagleman, more about which later—I learned a fun and tricky phrase by saxophonist Michael Brecker.
I made a video where I play the phrase: first I play along with Brecker; then I play it over a backing track mimicking Brecker’s backing; and then, for fun and extra practice, I speed the backing track up from 288bpm to 320.
Here’s the Instagram version:
This version of “Giant Steps,” which also features saxophonist Bob Mintzer, appears on the 1994 album Twin Tenors.
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