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Impressions

Composer John Coltrane    (click to list other tunes)
Submitted by David Luebbert
Posted 12/18/08; 4:41:40 PM
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This is a song that John Coltrane played frequently with his Classic Quartet with Elvin Jones, Jimmy Garrison, and McCoy Tyner.

Coltrane frequently took lengthy solos on this piece which would cause a performance to last for 20 or 30 minutes. The later moments of an Impressions performance often became a saxophone/drum duet between Coltrane and Jones (or Roy Haynes, when he was the drummer) that was conducted at very high intensity.

Impressions is a modal tune, where the harmony doesn't change for large sections of the tune's form.

It has the same harmonic plan as Miles Davis' "So What": 16 bars of Dmi7, 8 bars of Ebmi7, 8 bars of Dmi7.

Soloists use the pitches of the D Dorian mode as their starting point within the Dmi7 measures of the form, and Eb Dorian within the Ebmi7 measures.

Here's a playlist which will allow you to perform some of Coltrane's better recordings of the piece. Scroll past that to see the downloadable score for the chord progression arrangement.

Impressions: This is a song that John Coltrane played frequently with his Classic Quartet with Elvin Jones, Jimmy Garrison, and McCoy Tyner.     Coltrane frequently took lengthy solos on this piece which would cause a performance to last for 20 or 30 minutes. The later moments of an "Impressions" performance often became a saxophone/drum duet between Coltrane and Jones (or Roy Haynes, when he was the drummer) that was conducted at very high intensity.    "Impressions" is a modal tune, where the harmony doesn't change for large sections of the tune's form.    It has the same harmonic plan as Miles Davis' "So What": 16 bars of Dmi7, 8 bars of Ebmi7, 8 bars of Dmi7.    Soloists use the pitches of the D Dorian mode as their starting point within the Dmi7 measures of the form, and Eb Dorian within the Ebmi7 measures. <p>    Here's a playlist which will allow you to perform some of Coltrane's better recordings of the piece. Scroll past that to see the downloadable score for the chord progression arrangement.    <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="http://www.lala.com/external/flash/PlaylistWidget.swf" id="lalaPlaylistEmbed" width="300" height="254"><param name="movie" value="http://www.lala.com/external/flash/PlaylistWidget.swf"/><param name="wmode" value="transparent"/><param name="allowNetworking" value="all"/><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"/><param name="flashvars" value="playlistId=12857P22982&host=www.lala.com"/><embed id="lalaPlaylistEmbed" name="lalaPlaylistEmbed" src="http://www.lala.com/external/flash/PlaylistWidget.swf" width="300" height="254"type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer"wmode="transparent" allowNetworking="all" allowScriptAccess="always"flashvars="playlistId=12857P22982&host=www.lala.com"></embed></object><div style="font-size: 9px; margin-top: 2px;"><a href="http://www.lala.com/playlist/12857P22982" title="Coltrane's recorded "Impressions"">Coltrane's recorded "Impressio...</a></div>

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