BACH HEARS FOR THE FIRST TIME A JAZZ IMPROVISATION ON “SHEEP MAY SAFELY GRAZE”

BACH HEARS FOR THE FIRST TIME 

A JAZZ IMPROVISATION ON “SHEEP MAY SAFELY GRAZE”

 

How—how do you do that?

The beat that stays and breaks,

the theme there but not there,

inverting, stretching, sideways.

Is it sideways? And that bass line,

as if walking on organ pedals,

—that pace. Now you’re turning

it again, aren’t you? Around

the progression but there’s a—no,

wait! Oh, the intervals holding

the tension! Oh, please, please!

Show me how it’s done!

 

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2 comments on “BACH HEARS FOR THE FIRST TIME A JAZZ IMPROVISATION ON “SHEEP MAY SAFELY GRAZE”

  1. Christine Lee Moore says:

    I think there’s a cerebral difference between people who appreciate – even like – even LOVE – improvisational jazz and those who don’t. I’m afraid I didn’t get that neural connection. But maybe Bach had it.

    • I woudln’t be surprised if Bach did have it. He was good at improvisation and variations himself. I expect if he’d been born later, he would have played jazz, too!

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