Soloing on an E minor Blues in 12/8 Time Signature
(on Neck Pump's "That Feeling")
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llen Dennard's tune "That Feeling" is an E minor blues in 12/8 time signature. Here are some rhythmic approaches we can take while soloing in 12/8:
1) Bring out the 12/8 (bring out the 4/4 “eighth note triplets”) 2) Feel it as 4/4 (bring out the 4/4 8th notes and 16th notes) 3) Polymeters/Rhythmic Displacement (superimposing 4 over 3 - every 4 measures we line back up again on beat 1).
The 4 over 3 caused Maestro Dennard 🎺 (aka "Neck Pump”) to start pumping his neck. Whenever you can get Neck Pump to start pumping his neck, you know you've done something right!
12/8 Time Signature is very similar to 4/4 in that eighth note triplets are now 1,2,3...12. Thus, you can feel it in 4, even if the band is still playing a 12/8 groove.
This is from a performance over the weekend, Sat 6/10/23, with Maestro Allen Dennard's 5tet at Jazzin At The Vanity's War Memorial Stage in Detroit, MI.
Allen Dennard (trumpet, composer),
Bijan Taghavi (piano),
Nolan Young (tsax),
Noah Jackson (bass),
Louis Jones III (drums).