Masters research


M.Mus research project work

'An investigation into further possibillities for chord substitution in jazz / jazz blues'

Awarded a 'distintion grade' and highly praised as -


'Exceptional work - exciting and innovative'

'Outstanding in its concept and ideas - perceptive, articulate, imaginative and thorough'

'Very successful in communicating on informative and emotional levels' 



Review - Oren Ben-Dor

The work constitutes a hermeneutic interpretation of seven classic works in Jazz and faces the complex task of both expansion and constraint, studying chord structures.   Detail analysis of the novelty in these pieces (e.g. the Tri tonic Cycle in Coltrane) are impressively executed and hence the potentiality in these pieces is unearthed. 
The analysis is laced with interaction with Scholarly material, and the vast experience and ear of the writer as a performer is evidenced.

The project starts by a short overview of the main feature of each piece ( 7 classic jazz tunes and 6 original compositions).  It then follows a critical appraisal of the performance ( live performance video of all 13 pieces - in a guitar trio setting) of these pieces...Then there follows a detailed conceptual and compositional analysis of each piece which is masterly done to the very fabric of chords and assessment of originality - very impressive and original.


Review - Robin Dymond

There is a good balance of pre-existing and original materials, also the re-arrangement of well-known jazz pieces...The original compositions/arrangements stand up against the pre-existing repertoire. There are some excellent moments of chord harmony, use of arpeggios and harmonic interest wouldn’t sound out of place on classic jazz album from the late 1950s, although it also has elements that indicate a fusion between Jazz and Blues soloing styles.



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