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Simply Put, John Scofield

In 2011, John Scofield releases the album Moment's Peace. It's essentially a ballad album with Larry Goldings on organ and piano, Scott Colley and the amazing Brian Blade on drums.

The album starts with the song Simply Put, written by Scofield. Though it sounds like a guitar's guitarsong, it translates perfectly well to piano or other instruments. It's not the guitar, it's the beauty of the melody, you know...

Harmonically, it's simple on the one hand, interesting and refined on the other.

The song is in A, that's a guitar key! But from the start, Scofield sets up the stage for harmonic ambiguity: the voicing for A is B7sus4. Mostly, this sus stands for a dominant chord, making the A a lydian major. On the other hand, B7sus4 might just be B dorian, so A ionian.

In the solos Goldings and Scofield "play" with this ambiguity, changing between A ionian and lydian constantly.

I just thought the melody was so beautiful, and I hope you think so too.

The style I use is not specifically for this tune. I could make more "Contemporary New Orleans" styles in the future. But, to me, that's not the point: the point was to make styles that adapt to more contemporary jazz. Cause there's a wealth there that needs discovering. In the music of ECM-records, Joshua Redman, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Brian Blade, Kenny Wheeler, Fred Hersch....

As always, you can download the tune HERE. If you load it and you don't have the appropriate Jazzstylezz style, it will say "style missing". But you can always substitute it with any other style of your liking.

Dig it.

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