Peter Erskine: Fusion Fills From The Nadir

Fusion Fills

Jazz came up the river from New Orleans; then swing begat bebop; bop begat post-bop; rock spawned fusion; and improvisational creativity reached a peak or nadir, depending on your point of view. Regardless, the following fusion fills are jazz, and they’re exciting and fun. Play these at the tempo indicated, and experiment with dynamics as well as with intensity. Intensity is like forcing too much air out of a balloon; WHOOSH! Push too hard, you’ll break the balloon or make an embarrassing sound. Good jazz is cool when it’s hot. Be funky. Be accurate. Be intense. Be bop? (Um … no.)

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