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What Is This (Detuned) Thing?

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What Is This (Detuned) Thing? (Jim Funnell)
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Recorded live at Conservatoire Gabriel Fauré (Savigny-le-Temple, France) on January 26, 2013. Mixed by Philippe Lopes de Sa and Samuel Bonifait.
Available sheet music: score

Philippe Lopes de Sa – tenor saxophone
Jim Funnell – piano
Florent Nisse – double bass
Louis Moutin – drums


Laszlo Gardony, one of my jazz piano mentors at Berklee, hipped me to his “detuning” technique (playing through a tune and gradually moving chords – or sets of chords – up or down a half step), which I applied here to Cole Porter’s “What Is This Thing Called Love?.” I then wrote an angular line over the modified changes (instead of keeping and detuning the original melody, which also would have been an option), and threw in some rhythm section hits here and there. These hits are integrally featured during the head, but can then be played at the musicians’ discretion during solos! And there you have it… What Is This (Detuned) Thing?


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