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Jazz Harmonica

Inspiration for improvising harmonica players [en]

Wim Dijkgraaf started There is a forum with many guides to jazz harmonica playing, scales, tunes, players, videos. Inspiring.

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  • 14:04 UTC Sofia Gubaidulina – Great ECM production

    Had a very nice conversation this weekend in a small “great music” shop in Tilburg -> Adagio where I found two fantastic ECM productions. One production with music from Galina Ustvolskaya and another production that I would like to share with you with music from Sofia Gubaidulina. The disc is titled Canticle of the Sun.

    There we go and have a great time:




  • 19:16 UTC Zbigniew Seifert – music first violin second

    I love this man and his music. A masterful improviser who could have ranked at the top with Adam Makowicz and Michal Urbaniak,Zbigniew Seifert‘s early death robbed Poland of one of its top jazz artists. Seifert started on the violin when he was six, and ten years later started doubling on alto sax. He studied violin at the University of Krakow, but when he started leading his own band in 1964, he mostly played alto, showing off the influence of John Coltrane. When he was a member of Tomasz Stanko‘s very advanced quintet (1969-1973), Seifert switched back to violin and largely gave up playing sax. He moved to Germany in 1973, was with Hans Koller’s Free Sound from 1974-1975, and freelanced (including with Joachim Kuhn).Seifert played at the Monterey Jazz Festival with John Lewis in 1976, and the following year recorded with Oregon. As a leader, Seifert (who was affectionately known as “Zbiggy”) performed music that ranged from free jazz to fusion. Seifert recorded for Muza in 1969, Mood from 1974-1976, MPS in 1976, and Capitol from 1977-1978. He died of cancer at the age of 32.



  • 18:57 UTC Richie Beirach – a harmonic universe

    I got to know Richie Beirach’s music for the first time when I was 20 years old and bought the fantastic book by David Liebman called “A Chromatic Approach to Jazz Harmony and Melody”. The concepts in that book are still resonating with me on a daily basis, not only David being a great influence on my playing and thinking but also the various examples and references related to Richie Beirach.

    Here some examples of his playing and harmonic approach:

    Big hug,

    Wim Dijkgraaf


  • 12:55 UTC Chris Potter Acapella Solo Standards – transcribed!!!!

    Yes, it blows my mind but Eli Bennett as transcribed 11 bootleg recordings of Chris Potter’s acapella solos that for a few years started traveling around the internet. I remember the first one I heard was “Tune Up” and immediately posted a blog post with that amazing video (see below).

    The 11 transcriptions are published as an eBook and can be bought (20 dolars only … a must have) from this website:

    Eli Bennett studied with Chris Potter and has done the world of jazz students a fantastic favor. The next video shows that he is able to play exactly what Chris played … with amazing accuracy. This blew my mind!

    Here you can listen to all eleven amazing tracks!!/album/Chris+Potter+Plays+Acapella+Solo+Standards/8752916

    Inspiration for a lot of years for sure!!!

    Big hug,

    Wim Dijkgraaf

    p.s.: Chris Potter playing Tune Up:



  • 16:36 UTC Sviatoslav Richter: L’ Insoumis

    Widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. While he very much enjoyed performing for an audience, Richter hated planning concerts years in advance, and in later life took to playing at very short notice in small, most often darkened halls, with only a small lamp lighting the score. Richter claimed that this setting helped the audience focus on the music being performed, rather than on extraneous and irrelevant matters such as the performer’s grimaces and gestures.

    In 1986, Richter embarked on a six-month tour of Siberia with his beloved Yamaha piano, giving possibly as many as 150 recitals, at times performing in small towns that did not even have a concert hall. It is said that after one such concert, the members of the audience, who had never before heard classical music performed, gathered in the middle of the hall and started swaying from side to side to celebrate the performer. It is said that in his last years Richter contemplated giving concerts free of charge.

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  • 17:29 UTC Brian Eno – Imaginary Landscape (and more)

    I really like most of his reasoning about music. And I use one of his tools named Noatikl in my own composition process.

    And more interesting stuff:

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  • 08:24 UTC Wayne Shorter at the International Jazz Day 2014

    This discussion features legendary saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter. Organized by UNESCO and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the 2014 International Jazz Day Daytime Educational Program took place at the Osaka School of Music in Osaka, Japan.

    Big hug,

    Wim Dijkgraaf


  • 12:31 UTC Chris Potter Underground – Open Minds

    A great and inspiring recent documentary of Chris Potter and his band.

    Chris Potter – saxophone, bass clarinet
    Adam Rogers – guitar
    Craig Taborn – fender rhodes
    Nate Smith – drums

    Big hug,