If you've ever met me or seen any of my photographs, you know I have a passion for rock 'n' roll. But as any good marketer knows, it's important to continually broaden your horizons. Lately, I've been doing it by immersing myself in the phone number list classical jazz genre. The phone number list more I listen to and study jazz, the more parallels I see between sophisticated jazz and quality content. Maybe you can compare good jazz with just about anything - but the other day I was listening to this great NPR profile of Miles Davis' Kind phone number list of Blue album, and I kept having moments in relationship to my own work. See if you can understand.
Leadership = team + vision
Miles Davis was an international star at 32, the phone number list highest paid musician of his generation. He got to this place for two reasons other than his ability to play a sweet trumpet solo: 1) his ability to spot great talent, and 2) his understanding of where the phone number list music industry was and where she could go.
For Kind of Blue, Davis rounded up six little-known musicians who would become legends in their own right. The phone number list name of tenor saxophonist John Coltrane is now almost synonymous with jazz itself. But in 1959, Coltrane was a virtual unknown. Pianist Bill Evans said in a 1979 interview that no one really understood what Davis had seen at Coltrane. "That's (Davis') leadership genius," Evans said.
In 1959, Davis was looking for a sequel to the phone number list bebop style of jazz, which had pretty much run its course. He was inspired by his friend George Russell who had developed a new, simpler form phone number list of jazz improvisation. Instead of packing multiple chords into a single bar, "modal" jazz challenged musicians to explore a single chord for 16 bars or more. Davis showcased the cool new sound on Kind of Blue. People lined up to hear it.
Challenge your players
Davis was known for his love of a good musical puzzle. According to the phone number list NPR profile, in 1958 he gave Evans a paper with the symbols for "G minor" and "A rose." Using this suggestion, Evans constructed "a chord cycle as a meditative setting for Blue in Green", the central track phone number list of Kind of Blue. The track Blue in Green has become one of Coltrane's great modal solos.
“If you put a musician in a place where he has to do something different from what he does all the phone number list time,” Davis wrote in his autobiography, “that's where great art and music happens. You hear this theory play out in the phone number list first track So What from the Kind of Blue album, where the bass starts with the melody: “dum-de-dum-de-dum-dum”. You've heard it a million times, but if you play bass you're well aware of its implications. An album that starts with a bass melody? It never happens.