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Learn to land your phrases like Coltrane, Cannonball, and Dexter.



• Use rhythmic "push-pull" technique to create momentum.

• Extend your lines with turnaround progressions.

• Build tension with repetitive motifs.

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The solo break can often be one of the most exciting moments in a jazz recording. Allow me to set the scene: The band sets up a tune with a light intro. They play through the melody of the tune, all while ramping up in energy and building the audience's anticipation towards an unaccompanied improvisational break where the first soloist will mark their entrance and establish the mood for their first chorus. This break is a test of a soloist's ability to sustain momentum without the accompaniment of a rhythm section. A good solo break can make an audience jump out of their seats, tap their toes, or even laugh. It commands their attention.

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