April 2017 Newsletter

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The evening began as always with Ian’s parish notices, the Oxley – Meier duo are performing at The Corner in Huddersfield on Tuesday 28th March and on Sunday 2nd April Terri Shaltiel is joining forces with guitarist Edmond Selwyn at the Rat and Ratchet at 5pm, more of this is in this edition of the newsletter.

It was a quiet start after the busy evening last month. Surprisingly no bass players initially, they are like buses, they are none or 5 come at once.

Chris and Dave began the evening with a bluesy version of Sugar by Stanley Turrentine.

Dave had a really cutting sound very much in keeping with the style, his soloing as polished as ever. Chris’s solo was very melodic and tasteful with some nice comping from Dave. Paul Compton happened to arrive and didn’t even get time to take his coat off before being commandeered into playing bass. The trio played a samba version of Sometime Ago, a terrific piece with some nice playing from all parties.

Paul remained and was joined by Dave Allen and Larry. The trio began with The More I See You, with Larry singing as well as playing. Dave took the first solo ably supported by Paul and Larry. Larry’s solo was very melodic with a nice tone. Their next offering was the evergreen Blue Bossa. Dave played the head, effectively interspersing chords into the melody before launching into a skilful solo that contained everything, single notes, chords octaves, everything bar the kitchen sink. Larry’s solo was tasteful and tuneful, peppered with chromatic runs. Paul’s solo was fluid and effective marred only perhaps by over comping by the guitars.

It was time for the jam tune, The Girl From Ipanema. Darren, Charles (on bass), Dave V.G and Colin with a percussion ensemble of sorts, Charles had brought a selection of shaky eggs (maracas).  The classic tune is always fun to play and was well played by the ensemble bringing the first half to a close.

After the interval it was Hayden, Jez, Darren and Paul. They began with Sunny and followed it with the Jimmy Smith classic Chicken Shack. Both tunes were very bluesy allowing the players to stretch out.

Keeping with the blues theme, Steve joined Jez and Paul for an Albert King blues, Born Under a Bad Sign with Steve singing and playing guitar. The second tune was the reggae tune I’ll Be Down by the River by Morgan Heritage, again with Steve singing which brought the evening to a close.

Next months jam tune is I’ll Remember April.

I’ll Remember April

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I’ll Remember April was written by Gene de Paul, with lyrics by Patricia Johnston and Don Raye and made its debut in the 1942 Abbott and Costello comedy Ride ‘Em Cowboy. It was also featured on Johnny Smith’s 1956 critically acclaimed album ‘Moonlight in Vermont’

Johnny’s solo on the track is interesting as begins with a break based on a G major chord with the addition of the note C#.

When the band kick back in the third bar he plays a figure based on F#minor pentatonic over the Gma7 chord.

These notes fit surprisingly well over Gma7 implying Gma7#11

Over Gm he still includes the note C#, this helps maintain a feeling of unity with the opening statements.

Here is part of the solo Johnny plays.


Darren Dutson Bromley

Effective Chord Accompaniment (part two)

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This article picks up on certain things discussed in last months newsletter piece ‘Effective Chord Accompaniment’. This section maybe become a series and it is certainly worth exploring as accompaniment is often one of the more neglected parts in a jazz guitarists arsenal. This month could I suppose be thought of as accompanying yourself.

Last month we discussed simple and compound intervals and how 10ths in particular can be used to imply harmony without resorting to the full chords. These can be particularly effective when playing in smaller ensembles when the guitar is the only harmony instrument and they can be used to outline harmony without causing too much disruption to a line.

This is the chord progression to Makin’ Whoopee by Walter Donaldson.


Here it is using only 10ths.



Whilst pleasant enough many of the more important elements in the chords are missed, particularly 7ths, these impart function to a chord. Here is the progression again this time using other intervals and chord notes to highlight the harmony more efficiently.

These intervals can be used to outline the harmony in between the melody.

Here is a similar approach to the song All Of Me. Here the intervals are also used to create rhythmic fills as well as impart chord movement. This excerpt should be analysed to see how the harmony is implied with these simple intervallic elements. One bar that is unusual is bar 11. Here Am is delayed by a bar and a diminished chord is used in its place to imply E7b9.

Darren Dutson Bromley

A New Guitar (part two)

Ian Wroe

In part 1, in the December issue, Daniel had just completed the body binding. I had a quick trip

over and we discussed the neck profile, and decided a ‘soft V’ shape would be most comfortable. A few pictures of the remaining build process: –

At last, the email I had been waiting for, the guitar was ready, and within a few days I was back in The Hague. I was quite nervous when I phoned Daniel and arranged to meet him at his studio; what if I didn’t like the guitar! There was nothing I could have done about it, it was mine regardless of how I felt about it.

I had nothing to fear. I picked up the guitar and it felt as if it had come home., a few quick tweaks, to set up

the action to my liking, and I left Daniel’s studio feeling very proud the be the new custodian of this unique Slaman guitar.

Thank you Daniel.