Density

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THREE-PART

Examples of three-part density were difficult to find on this CD. In general, jazz writers like to use at least 4 or 5 notes when harmonizing a melodic line. Three-part harmony can give a big band a lighter, "smaller band" feel.


In the example below, Eric Richards makes use of planing and quartal harmony - restack the first chord in this order: C, F, Bb. This melody has an impressive amount of power and energy behind it. Writing in comfortable registers is a sure way to get volume from a limited number of instruments.

Entropical Paradise (concert pitch)

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