Steve Cardenas Ben Allison Duo Playing Concepts

STEVE CARDENAS & BEN ALLISON: Duo Playing Concepts (Edge)


  • * Picking the right tunes
  • * Leaving sonic space - the importance of playing simple & direct
  • * How to comp for one another while staying out of the way
  • * Interaction versus imitation - compliment, don’t imitate
  • * Duo as a conversation in music - when to talk & when to listen
  • * Thinking like a composer
  • * Striving for less linear/8th note soloing
  • * Employing more melodic & rhythmic motifs to involve your duo partner
  • * The often neglected 3: Tone, timbre, dynamics
  • * Feed your bandmates

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  • mark711 says:

    Really delves into listening and interacting with a compositional awareness when playing in a duo( which obviously applies to all playing). Highly recommended!