I rearranged the original chords and melody of this tune around what could be called a ‘4-and-a-half-over-4’ feel; a fitting description of the pulse phrases generated from the most comfortable rhythmic grouping the trio settled upon for the ‘quarter note accented 9/8’ feel (or 2, 2, 3 and 2 eighth note pulses per bar). Also, to create a more obvious 4 bar grouping to balance the complex metric feel, a 3×3 8th note bass and guitar figure is used every 4th measure of the intro, serving as a resolution phrase. In my improvising I’ve focused on playing lyrically and fluently through the harmony with respect to the 9/8 meter by utilising set rhythmic groupings which I developed into linear phrases in my semester’s studies.
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