Guitarist Carl Morgan recently moved to Sydney (across the road from me) after growing up on the south coast in Tilba, studying in Canberra for 3 years and living in Melbourne for a year.
In the last 2 months of being neighbours we’ve had many discussions about music and found we have similar views and thoughts. Carl is going to be one of the baddest guitarists in Sydney and once you’ve heard him you’ll agree. I’ve been truly inspired by his discipline and approach to improvising and in particular his exploration of poly-rhythmic ideas in improvisation.
Here’s a few questions he answered for me:
1. Favourite/Most influential Jazz Musician?
For the last 3 years New York guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel has been undoubtably my favourite musician and the person who has had the biggest impact on my playing and conception of music. He is one of the most unique voices in jazz today and someone who has influenced many younger jazz musicians from around the world. I was initially blown away by his sense of melody on the first track, “Zhivago”, off his album “The Next Step”. He has an incredible sense of harmony, time and technique. His compositions have shaped modern jazz music. But the deep effect of his music goes beyond the notes that he plays.
2. Favourite/Most Influential Australian Musician?
James Muller is my favourite Australian jazz musician. He is an incredible guitar player as everyone who reads this I’m sure already knows. James is unique in that the stuff he can do on the guitar I’ve heard no one else do. He has an amazing feel and plays melodic and beautiful solos. Those who haven’t heard his album “Kaboom” with Matt Penman and Bill Stewart should really do so! I am also a big fan of Aussie pianists Sean Wayland and Barney McAll who are both doing great things in New York.
3. All time favourite album?
Thats a hard question, so I’ll just say a few:
D’Angelo – Voodoo
Wayne Shorter Quartet – Beyond the Sound Barrier
Kurt Rosenwinkel – The Next Step
4. Best live gig you’ve seen?
The John Scofield Trio/Wayne Shorter Quartet double bill at the Hamer Hall in Melbourne when I was in Year 12. Front row, right in front of Brian Blade! Wow!
5. What are you working on right now?
The Matt Penman workout off Dave Douglas’ Greenleaf Music blog.. Talks about practicing scales with a metronome, putting the clicks on various beats in the bar, e.g. playing a standard and putting the click on dotted crotchets. Also learning the tunes for the Dilworths gig at the Jazzgroove Festival next weekend!
Matt Penman Workout
Banff, May 2009
Metronome at 40. Scales ascending and descending. One note per click. Two notes, etc… Goes up to ten notes per click.
Metronome placement Clicks are: on 4. ‘And’ of 2 & 4. ‘And’ of 4. Dotted half. Dotted quarter.
12/8. Different groupings of eighth notes. Clap the polyrhythms. Play the polyrhythms.
5/4. Metronome on half notes. 3-2, 2-3. Add eighth note groupings (twice as fast).
7/4. Metronome on half notes. Combinations of eighths against pulse.
9/8. Metronome on dotted eighths. Groupings. Metronome on quarters.
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