A SongTrellis reader, Nick Curcio, sent me this interesting comment on the All Blues changes this morning.
Below is a quote from the book "Kind of Blue" by Ashley Kahn, page 142:
"Tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath, who would fill in for Coltrane for a brief month in 1960, learned that All Blues had a modal twist that preserved its link and feel to the album in general: 'When people play it other than in the Miles Davis band, a lot of people play it where they go from the G chord to C, a traditional blues. But when we played "All Blues," Miles would always say don't go to the IV chord on the second part of that. He wanted it to stay in the modal concept. So he'd go from G7 to a G minor sound, really playing that mode so that let his improvisation sound a little dissonant, and a little more sophisticated.'"
It's not real detailed, but I have been playing around with it and it's fun, opens some things up.
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