Blue in Green – Miles Davis
The first 3 notes on piano by Bill Evans are simply magic. With these notes the mood is set for ever. Miles starts to blow his sensitive notes on his trumpet with a damper which makes a softer tone, his famous tone. A tone so fragile, a tone which blends the line between composed and improvised music. The modal melodies are singing over thick jazz harmonies. 10 bars in cycles not sounding repetitive. In the softest tone, slowly and deep.
Ballade de Melody Nelson – Serge Gainsbourg
The electric bass and the acoustic guitar play this beautiful riff in unison. The warmest sounding strings set in while Serge and his lover Jane start talking, or are they singing? In soft sensitive voices. The drums are pushed way back into the mix so we can hear all the nuances in the voices. Even breathing. Every sigh. As if I am in Paris, right now.
Pad Kontrol – Georgia Anne Muldrow
It has these hiphop elements, the back beat, the repetitions like samples. But it also has this fragile melody. No words, no voices, no raps. This instrumental piano piece flows for a minute and a half. With a sudden counterpoint melody on a synth here and there. There’s no refrain, no couplet. The beats are sighing. This is dope.
(cover image under CC BY-ND: George Mutambuka)