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Grant Green I-VI-ii altered licks hard bop blues licks Oct 05, 2018

You can hear Grant Green play something like this on "Blues For Juanita" from his 1962 Blue Note LP The Latin Bit. As far as I can tell, as the one...

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The Doonesbury–Horace Silver Connection Sep 28, 2018

When I was in school, my friend Victoria had a theory that everyone's sense of humor could be traced back to a single essential influence. In her...

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Kenny Burrell I-VI-ii Doubletime altered licks hard bop blues licks Sep 21, 2018

At some point about a year ago, I got really annoyed that I knew almost nothing about Coleman Hawkins except how large he loomed in the history of...

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The 9th Degree: Fingerstyle Blues in A fingerstyle blues solos Sep 14, 2018

What fingerstyle blues sensibilities I possess are more than somewhat the result of two formative sources from my teenage years, Richard Saslow's...

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Stanley Turrentine I-VI-II altered licks hard bop blues licks Sep 07, 2018

More Stanley Turrentine! The G7 altered part of this lick does not sit quite so obviously on the guitar but with a little doing it can start to...

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Red Holloway I-VI-II hard bop blues licks Aug 31, 2018

This week, a lick inspired by the work of tenor saxophonist Red Holloway. Just like I got hip to Jimmy Forrest's badass command of the changes by...

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Stanley Turrentine I-IV hard bop blues licks Aug 24, 2018

Stanley Turrentine played plenty of blues on plenty of albums, especially in the first part of his career on Blue Note. For maximum exposure to the...

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Tina Brooks I-IV hard bop blues licks Aug 17, 2018

I've been yelling about Tina Brooks for the past few weeks, so I thought it was time to (A) figure out a few of his licks myself and (B) show you...

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