From SS: Riverside Drive - written in Manhattan, on a napkin, in a cafe in the Village, feeling simultaneously bohemian and artistic, and embarrassingly self-conscious, and slightly pissed on the one glass of red I could afford to buy. I had been learning with Gary Peacock, and he set me an exercise to write something away from an instrument, and for it to have contrasting sections. When I brought it to him, very proud of myself, he said " right", and that was it. The first section was basically an experiment in subtle and functional reharmonisation, and the second section's metric modulation was based on a bass line that I thought would be great for soloing over, due to its ambiguous beat emphasis which meant it could be felt in a few different ways. I had transcribed a bit of Metheny immediately before the trip, and I think this influenced the more impressionistic harmony that I used, and definitely the melody in the middle section.
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