Freddie Hubband and Woody Shaw – Live Concert

Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw were modern jazz’s standard bearers. In terms of harmonic control, no trumpet players have come close to breaking the kind of ground they did, decades ago.

Listening Questions:

  • Making long solos work?

    What do Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw do to make the longer solos work? How do they keep it interesting?

  • Up stream or down stream?

    Look at the trumpet players embouchures. Are they playing up-stream or down-stream? If that’s not a term you know, look it up on Google.

  • Playing outside?

    The notes these trumpet players use in their solos are not the kinds of notes you learned in your beginning improvisation class. Can you hear what they are doing differently?

Eddie Lewis posts these videos as listening assignments to his students. He often tells the students that “listening is more important than practicing”. To that end, he shares the videos so the students have something to inspire them to listen more often to professional trumpet players.

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