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Last night, we performed James Brown's "Try Me" and I played the extremely simple rehearsed solo as done on JB's track. The tune was a success because the clients were dancing.
I play exclusively in (amateur) Big Bands and I play a couple of solo's, some of which are written out. I learned early on not to play written out solos but instead just improvise on them. I've found that the written out solos -for me - are restrictive: they are often not what I'd usually play, I often don't have any musical 'feel' for them and - perhaps most importantly - they often require technical skills that I just don't have.
Do you think Duane Allman and Dickie Betts played the same solo on each song every night?
Raga, Maqam, ... all sorts really. A couple of hundred years of western music is a non-improvising exception.
And jazz-related musics like rock and roll. Even when there's not improvisation, it's supposed to sound like there is.
I didn't say Improvisation isn't part of jazz. If you think I did you didn't understand my post.Well...the fact that you think that needs to be said implies a misunderstanding. There is no judgment here about quality of music, depending on whether improvisation is part of it, *essentially*. But improvisation is the essence of jazz. If you don't understand that, you don't understand jazz.
Just to elaborate a little, because I am interested.I didn't say Improvisation isn't part of jazz. If you think I did you didn't understand my post.