Hey, I'm new to playing jazz but love listening to it. I was looking to find advice on improving my playing i.e. what songs are good/essential to learn from. I love horn players: Miles, Coltrane, Dizzy etc.


What sort of ideas could help my playing shine? I know I need some work on comping, as well as my form but what specifically, would've been fun to play over this classic? (certain modal ideas/transitions [lydian to phrygian]. Perhaps certain chords?)

I thank you all in advance for any input!
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Try transposing what the horns are doing in the songs you like, analyze those pieces, and use the tricks to add to your own playing. That's the best way to approach it.

Also, get some real books.
modes are a social construct
Depends on your scenario. Are you improvising by yourself or a band?

With a band, learn tons of theory. Like Chords (Dominant, Major, Minor, Diminished) Scales and Modes, intervals, and more.

By yourself you'll have more time to figure out whats happening. Play 2 or 3 Chords and learn the chord tones, then play the major/minor of the key. I don't feel like explaining everything but I know an excellent "Hot Licks" video you can view to get more details. Really informative, the idea is Call and Answer, Your Improv is the Call and your chords are the answer.

EDIT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkPD3awAooo There you go, excellent video on Jazz/Latin Improv. Enjoy!
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