Ambrose Akinmusire: “It Is Hard to Dismiss Abstraction”

With his new album, Origami Harvest, Ambrose Akinmusire once again demonstrates the sheer creative freedom that runs through his compositions. We knew that a veritable musical essay like this would lead to a great interview. Here is the Blue Note-signed American trumpeter discussing Origami Harvest in his own words. Source: Ambrose Akinmusire: “It Is Hard … More Ambrose Akinmusire: “It Is Hard to Dismiss Abstraction”

The Smart Improviser’s Process for Creating Stellar Solos

From the JazzAdvice.com blog (original post with many more details here) 1) Shoot for a goal 2) Set aside time for listening 3) Create a consistent practice routine 4) Slow practice on the hard stuff 5) Narrow down your focus and increase your progress 6) Get great ears! 7) Set deadlines and schedule performances Learn … More The Smart Improviser’s Process for Creating Stellar Solos

Maurice Brown

Check out Maurice Brown. Have trouble picking out some of Brown’s sound at the top? So did he. At 2:38, Maurice asks for his mic to be hotter in the mix. Find some tips on using a Harmon mute with a mic in Essential Trumpet Lessons, Book 2. Check out the other books to see what … More Maurice Brown