Jazz Studies



Superimposing the pentatonic scale over “Giant Steps” is not merely a matter of harmonic simplification, but in addition a kind of “Africanizing” of the piece, which provides an alternate strategy for soloing. Mark Levine observes that when blended in with more standard “playing the changes”, pentatonic scales present “construction and a feeling of elevated space.” Levine factors out that the V pentatonic scale works for all three chords of the usual II-V-I jazz progression. This is a very common progression, used in items similar to Miles Davis’ “Tune Up.” The following instance exhibits the V pentatonic scale over a II-V-I development.

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