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Peter Houtman

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Minority- intro/interlude - from Nick's Theory Shed notes
« on: January 28, 2017, 04:31:39 PM »
Nick - Brilliiant Theory Shed note/essay on the "interlude" in Minority (1960 version) by Gigi Gryce - thanks++ (although have now spent most of Saturday on this, and I'm only on idea 1!)
https://www.evernote.com/shard/s241/sh/0e399b15-be56-455d-a4e7-c888f3a413c0/6b40e329174a2a9c

Listening to the various versions with the help of my new girlfriend ["Alexa - play Minority by Clifford Brown from Spotify"!!] I got stuck into Idea 1 of Nick's - the Byzantine scale/ double harmonic / Forte 7-22 (btw - the only balanced 7 note series).  This led to what I hope is an interesting conclusion about the possible historical origins of this particular byzantine scale snippet:

The (? original) version of Minority from 1953 has an intro melody in the natural minor, much as my transcription below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3WbphMJ6f8

The 1957 version (Jazz Lab Quintet) has a similar intro but with a Donald Byrd "pre-intro" using this scale (I think) - at least several E and B naturals.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RckKPzpU1eo

The Bill Evans 1958 intro also has lovely harmony with, I think, a C major triad.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-ta8S9OTmo

Finally, the 1960 version (Hap'nins) with the intro and added interlude in "latin", with the byzantine scale used by Gigi Gryce.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8sy7CpIdXI

So, my conclusion is that this "byzantine" flavour possibly c/o Donald Byrd, although of course in reality it was presumably an evolution over years of performance.   Was this decade a time of particular interest in exploring "minor" modes? - I know Horace Silver was really into it - Calcutta Cutie also in a similar F minor, and Que Pasa in the ridiculous key of Db minor.

As a relatively simple starter to the practice of transcribing, I did the intro to Minority (1960) - (Gigi Gryce adding harmony, I think usually a 4th below):
https://www.evernote.com/shard/s287/sh/4e498ea1-14ff-45c7-a39f-f801c9a299ec/169c4a84eff2aacab213e2cb95b9a924

Hope that's (jazz)food for thought - onto idea 2!

Peter