Love Music and it Will Love You Back: Essays on Music by Jeff Colella

'Playing from memory is like taking a mirror to our learning process. It is where we find out just how thorough that process has been. It represents the culmination of our learning. 'I have a proposition for you. What if instead of saying ''I’m …

Published: 16 Feb 2021. Updated: 20 days.

'Playing from memory is like taking a mirror to our learning process. It is where we find out just how thorough that process has been. It represents the culmination of our learning.

'I have a proposition for you. What if instead of saying ''I’m going to learn to play this piece or tune”, we said “I’m going to internalize this music”? For me the word internalize is more visceral, the word learning more intellectual. (Visceral as defined in the dictionary relates to deep inward feelings rather than to intellect.)'

The above quotation from the 'Memorization' chapter of the e-book is what I gained most from reading Love Music and It Will Love You Back written by the distinguished erstwhile Lou Rawls pianist and session player Jeff Colella. Not a massive tome but there are quite a few pearls of wisdom contained within its pages and the above is only a small example. Love Music operates on two levels: as a kind of pep talk for musicians and teachers first and foremost. But anyone into music appreciation will also gain things out of it on a general level in the encouraging of the need to bypass paralysis through analysis and move more into a different headspace. Colella is good on interpretation and not getting too derailed by logic. Yet he is insistent about things such as knowing your tune themes, what voicing actually is, and above all immersing yourself in the process of improvisation through deep consideration. The more detailed chordal discussion however is really more for pianists. The Colella tone is friendly. Don't worry about a few typos here and there. Internalising is the biggest takeaway. Thinking and then doing is instead in its pages core. SG. mymusicmasterclass.com

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Unstuffy modern-mainstream big band sounds from the Jihye Lee orchestra are coming up in late-March if your ears are in gear and ready to motor. Featuring all-Lee originals, the judiciously aching deftly voiced ballad 'Struggle Gives You Strength' …

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Unstuffy modern-mainstream big band sounds from the Jihye Lee orchestra are coming up in late-March if your ears are in gear and ready to motor. Featuring all-Lee originals, the judiciously aching deftly voiced ballad 'Struggle Gives You Strength' from the composer-arranger's Daring Mind (Motéma) features straightahead trumpet star Sean Jones.

Darcy James Argue produced the album. New York-based South Korean Lee, winner of multiple awards, first emerged in 2017 with April, an album on which Lee also sings. Four years on the emphasis is palpably different, the results what we know so far clearly invigorating and striking. Jihye Lee, top.