While I enjoyed listening to Michael's rendition of "Misty", I also understand why he sought jazz improvisation advice from Dave Frank's master classes.
Wrong. I didn't (and don't) seek improvisation advice from DF's class. I reviewed his videos to critique their instructional value. I do this as part of recommending to students which materials are worth studying.
Don't be so quick to speak. Come to the Jazz advanced thread and listen to some of the players.
I'm not talking about "some" of the players in other places. I'm talking specifically about the people who have spoken out on this thread. Like yourself, for example.
For all the talk you write about on your website about harmony, counterpoint and jazz I heard none of that on any of your song clips.
Frankly, do you even play jazz?
Yes I do, over many years of playing I've done rock, reggae, jazz, pop and indie gigs - bars, lounges, hotels, out on the street. What about you?
I heard no sense of timing, syncopation, harmonic depth.... You were using root position block chords on Arthur's Theme. your Misty was.... no altered dominant voicings, all plain vanilla.
Let me ask you a question. If you choose to harmonize something in a specific way, what does this say? For example, if I choose to harmonize the opening bar of Misty as Gm Gm Gm, instead of Gm >Gmaj >Dmaj/Emaj7, or some other "standard" way that you learn from your classes at Berklee, what are you going to say about that? Your comment about root chords shows that you simply follow what you are told instead of thinking for yourself.
If I sit down at the piano and I want to play a standard using root, 3rd and 5th chords in the LH instead of Bill Evans type voicings or quartals or whatever else, well then that's what I'm going to do. If I choose to do the piece with runs and embellishments, or if I choose to play the changes or make bebop lines, or if I choose to do it playing one single note throughout 8 bars, okay. The point is not how you play or whether you conform to preconception, the point is that you understand enough about music, and you have practiced enough of the right things, so that you know how to make your OWN music.
By the way, that recording was probably made, like 15 years ago and I don't remember where or under what circumstance. I have uploaded almost nothing of what I have done over the years in terms of recordings of any kind. This stuff is all scattered around in boxes, packed up, I don't even know where some of it is. I barely put this website together a few months ago when I finished writing my books.
Between my full time contract gig in computers, a half-time job in computers, a wife, music commitments, hanging out with drinking buddies, a mistress, and working out at the gym, I barely have time to do anything else. I wish I had all the time in the world. I wish I could devote 10 hours a day to creating lots of video lessons, taking someone all the way from the foundations up to playing jazz and reharmonizing tunes. I wish I could had hours to sit down and convert my cassettes and CDs to mp3. I wish I had more time for composing.
Sad to say I learned nothing reading your site, except cheap shills to buy your "jazz" books.
Guy, let me tell you something. I took six months off work last year to write those books. Why do you think I did that? To make money from them? Give me a break. Any money I make from selling music books, or from doing anything in music for that matter, is pennies compared to what I make doing system engineering work here in the Valley. So then, why do you think I wrote them? I wrote them to share my experience with and understanding of music to people who want to learn. I wrote them because there's so much crappy music instruction out there, that it's ridiculous. People think there's some "mystical secret" to playing jazz. There's not. You just need to be taught the right way.
Michael, I say this in the nicest way possible. You are NOT a music educator.
Spare me the patronizing "niceness." Until you prove you know how to play, your comments mean nothing. Your excuse is that you wish to remain anonymous. We all know what that really means: you can't play for sht, right?
The more people blab without showing what they're made of, the less credible they become.
We are still back at square one. Of everyone who has splattered their comments on this thread, only two people have demonstrated their musicianship: myself and DF.