Our Journey Through The Real Book has brought us to a tune by one of the greatest improvisers of all time: Keith Jarrett’s “Moonchild.”
“Moonchild” is a short-yet-potent early composition by Jarrett, from the Gary Burton & Keith Jarrett album. Recorded in 1970 and released in 1971, the recording captures a vibrant time when jazz musicians were just beginning to combine jazz harmonies with rock and pop grooves. (There were some earlier precedents, but the late 1960s-early 70s were when the fusion movement really took off.)
Although the tune is short, it’s a little tricky to become acquainted with. In fact, I think most aspiring jazzers do what I did the first time I tried playing it – they become discouraged and flip the page to something more traditional!
No worries – I show you exactly how to practice “Moonchild” to gradually become comfortable with is on this video:
Moonchild: Journey Through The Real Book #241
Have fun playing this wonderful tune!
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