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In this jazz rhythm lesson, legendary saxophonist Dave Liebman breaks down the components of rhythm and pulse in the jazz idiom. Dave discusses and demonstrates the "clave of jazz” time (ride cymbal); beat placement; elements of phrasing and the crucial role of the drums in jazz rhythm. If you want to get your time and rhythmic approach together on your instrument this lesson is for you. NOTE: There is a small 3 page PDF bundled with the "purchase" version of this video (not the $8.99 "rental") which includes the embedded rhythm changes solo transcription seen in the video.
Topics Covered: the unique evolution through jazz history of the eighth note; duple, triplet, dotted and even rhythmic time feel; developing good time using the metronome; downbeats-upbeats and anticipation; flexible beat phrasing; playing behind and ahead of the beat; playing against and over the time; understanding the nuances of the cymbal ride pattern; accounting for every beat.
NEA Jazz Master David Liebman’s career has spanned nearly five decades, beginning in the early 1970s as the saxophone/flutist in both the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis Groups, continuing as a bandleader since. He has played on over five hundred recordings with nearly two hundred under his leadership or co-leadership. In the jazz education field he is a renowned lecturer and author of several milestone books: “Self Portrait Of A Jazz Artist,” “A Chromatic Approach To Jazz Harmony And Melody,” “Developing A Personal Saxophone Sound,” (translated into multiple languages), in addition to teaching DVDs, journalistic contributions to periodicals and published chamber music.
His autobiography “What It Is” (Scarecrow Press) is a fascinating look into Lieb’s career.
Lieb is the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) since 1989, which is a worldwide network of schools from nearly 40 countries. Liebman’s awards, besides the NEA honor, include the Jazz Educators Network (JEN) Legends of Jazz (2013); the Order of Arts and Letters (France 2009); Jazz Journalist’s award for Soprano Saxophone (2007); Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Solo (1998); Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (Finland-1997). He is currently Artist in Residence at the Manhattan School of Music and guest lecturer at both the University of Toronto and Berklee College of Music. Dave has consistently placed in the top positions for Soprano Saxophone in both the Downbeat and Jazz Times polls since 1973.