Edu Lobo composition called "Ponteio" You can download the audio (from the album track that was uploaded to Y.T.) using: http://SaveDeo.com/download?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DDOqmOidO2F8 ( alternate post of that track on Vimeo : http://vimeo.com/124168345 ) The soloing begins at 1m25s (i.e.: 85 seconds inwards). The harmonic structure is simple: Principally (mostly) white keys on the piano keyboard. Root is 'E' -- the harmnoic palette is Phrygian mode. It's harmonically similar to Coltrane's modal arrangement of "My Favorite Things." I suppose 'E' dorian could be in there too, a bit. At least some F#s , if not C#s. Otherwise the 'C' is natural (white key) (and often the 'F' is natural (white key), as well, (as opposed to): sharped ("F#"). The bass (harmonic) root goes from 'E' to 'D' (and/or 'F'). In fact, that Phrygian thing is similar to that Soft Machine thing (movement in the middle of the "Mousetrap"/"Slightly All the Time" suite). ___________ with 'E' in root, you can play G Major 7 (try inversions, starting with 3rd inversion, which has F# (the 7th) at bottom, and a half-step/semi-tone above is the root ('G') of that chord: F#-G-B-D -- which is a nice compact voicing. Move that down one whole step, to make F Major 7 (when the root moves down a whole-step (Major-2nd) to 'D' E+F+A+C D + F Maj. 7 and back up to: E + G Maj. 7 When, harmonically, (the root is) down in 'D', with right hand, you can play d min.7 then F Maj. 7 then a min. 7 and maybe also C Maj. 7 (See how the thirds stack atop one another?) This might be actually easier to play than the MIDI sequence that I gave to you of "My Favorite Things" (which included a bit of "Moon in June" , as well). The main theme involves a harmonic movement to a MAJor key, E Major chord, to D Major and I then play those same two chords, but inverted downwards. My own arrangement idea, approach to voicing those two Major triads, are descending inversions. My voicings span a whole octave, but maybe your voicings can be limited to three members, each - which requires less of a hand span. _____ To sum up the harmonic guts of this composition: 'E' phrygian (with movement of bass down to 'D' (and/or maybe 'F') and then, a shift in tonality to major: E Major (with E and D Major triads). ----- The modal "My Favorite Things" uses: 'E' dorian 'E' phrygian and also, for bridge, 'E' Major __ Back to "Ponteio", there is a high-octave-register theme that is pretty rapid: F#, E (That pair of notes, 3x) G, F# __ (E) : || -- connection: Frank Zappa's "Duke of Prunes" (stacked thirds, modal) rich minor 11th (or, at least, 9th) chords. ____ About the recording (rendition) that I pointed you towards, http://www.discogs.com/Dom-Um-Romao-Dom-Um-Romao/master/148380 The band-leader is Dom Um Romao, who was one of the great Brasilian rhythm men. He played percussion for a session of Sinatra featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim in 1967 or so. He played the drum kit for Sergio Mendes (replacing the original drummer of Brasil '66) from about 1968-1970 or so. He then played percussion with Joe Zawinul and Weather Report in 1971 (see Beat Club footage). He was the band-leader in this cut. He plays the drum kit + all additional percussion.
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