An aspiring jazz trumpet player's blog about jazz improvisation and ear training.

May 16, 2014 Jazz Improvisation 4 Comments

Jazz improvisation recordings, 2014

recordingThis page contains my jazz improvisation recordings from 2014. As you'll hear below, these jazz recordings feature such highlights as cracked notes, poor note choice, unsteady rhythm, and meandering phrases! And that's why recording myself is so important. It's the best way to evaluate my playing and to chart my progress over time. I don't expect that I'll ever become a great jazz trumpet player, but I am anxious to hear how much better I can get with practice. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions.

All of my jazz improvisation recordings: 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2022

MAY 16, 2014

iwasdoingallright - audio clip Aebersold #50, Nardis

As I explained in my 11-year anniversary article, in 2013 I bought a new laptop and I lost the ability to use my old Firewire recording interface. That's why 2013 passed by without any new jazz improvisation clips. At the end of 2013, I solved this issue by buying a new Scarlett 2i2 USB recording interface. And after waiting six months, today I finally decided to use it!

In this clip, you'll hear me play a solo to "Nardis," a tune written by Miles Davis. Actually, since Miles never recorded "Nardis" and since Bill Evans played "Nardis" all the time, I figured it was actually Bill Evans who wrote "Nardis," with Miles snagging the publishing credits. In this YouTube video, however, Bill Evans sets the record straight. Miles Davis wrote "Nardis" for Cannonball Adderley, but the tune because associated with Bill Evans when "no one else seemed to pick up on it."

Usually, my audio clips are mixed down to "mono" so the trumpet and backing tracks are merged. I thought that Garageband did that for me in the past, but I couldn't figure out how to do it in the latest version. I don't particularly like the separation. It makes it too easy to nitpick my playing!

Comment by Felix

Very nice Rick! Great to listen to you again :)

Comment by Rick

Thanks, Felix. Hopefully I'll have some more improvisation clips in the near future.

Comment by Charles Hines Jr.

Hey Rick, you have a nice sound! What type of horn you playing these days? I will follow the tips you've provided for improvisation. it's a work in progress for me and I am learning PATIENCE! As a beginning jazz improviser on trumpet, I know I have a long way to go...especially with jazz articulation. hearing you, and the testimonials, I am inspired to continue instead of pawning my trumpet.......like in "..'Mo Better Blues"......I won't sell Bleak!.....I won't sell it!"

Keep making great music!


I--iii---( )))

Comment by Rick

Hi Charles,

Thanks for the comment about my tone. I'm still playing the same trumpet I played when I was in high school, a Model 37 Bach Stradivarius. You can find more info in the "ABOUT ME -> Equipment Information" section of this site.


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