An atypical rendering of John Lewis' classic
composition for the modern jazz quartet, 'Django', performed by Canadian pianist
Glen Charles Halls.
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In this recording, from about 2005, Halls reduces the harmonic phrase structure of the composition to its purest form; an F minor drone. He then solos on the drone, rather than the 'changes' per se. What results is a truly unique version of the jazz standard, characterized by pedal and suspension harmonies, and sparse, fluid lines. In fact, for most of the improvisation, he restates fragments of the main melody, and just lets them float, and 'hang there'. The harmonies are unexpected and are characterized by Halls' particular sense of controlled and calculated dissonance. Beautifully recorded grand piano sound, from the performance at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.
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