Overthinking Jazz Players

You could say that Jazz players who improvise with one melodic idea are over thinkers. Let us call it a ‘thought’ rather then an ‘idea’ for the sake of the argument. They invert, retrograde, sequence, play it with a sforzando, play it legato, augment or diminish the rhythms, completely change the rhythms, etc… The list goes on as the possibilities are endless. An idea becomes an obsession, a love affair, a distant part of your memory, yesterdays news, tomorrows possibility, or a line from your subconscious tangled with the web of your imagination. 
Over thinkers can get stressed, but there’s always the inevitable V – I (or some variation of) to remind us that we’re crazy, and to chill the f#ck out. 


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