Andy Hamilton's new book on Lee Konitz looks like a must read. Here is another sax player that I have always been aware of, his recording Motion continues to be in rotation at my house, but I have never checked him out in a really deep way. Reading Lieb's review of the book sparked my interest a bit and I came across this. I have heard discussion of "The Ten Steps" but I have never seen it shown so clearly. I like this approach because:
- It is a very organic way to learn/develop a tune
- It keeps the improviser's mind on the idea melody and melodic embellishment
In my own playing I have noticed a tendency to jump into the harmony and almost disregard the melody. Writing has been a good antidote to this - I am focusing on constructing melodies rather than harmony for harmony's sake.
This is something I love about music. There is always a new inspiration. I'll be looking to check out some more Lee...