Masterclass Lesson 13: Odd Meter – Con Alma, Magreb [ML13]

To close my recital I chose a swing tune that is often interpreted as a 3/4, 6/8 or 12/8. I arranged it predominantly as a 6/8, albeit with a few interesting twists in the head. To introduce the tune, I explore the harmony using wide-interval, disjointed arpeggios that imply the melody (and harmony) of the A sections over an extended intro. Then, joined by drums and bass, a cosy medium 4 is played at letter B, before a 6/8 ‘Magreb’ feel is settled on by the rhythm section, underpinning a displaced melodic line at letter C.

Full Arrangement

Full Solo Transcription

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