Wim Dijkgraaf

contemporary composer & jazz harmonica player

Zbigniew Seifert – music first violin second

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014

Zbigniew Seifert – music first violin second

I love this man and his music. A masterful improviser who could have ranked at the top with Adam Makowicz and Michal Urbaniak,Zbigniew Seifert‘s early death robbed Poland of one of its top jazz artists. Seifert started on the violin when he was six, and ten years later started doubling on alto sax. He studied violin at the University of Krakow, but when he started leading his own band in...

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Richie Beirach – a harmonic universe

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014

Richie Beirach – a harmonic universe

I got to know Richie Beirach’s music for the first time when I was 20 years old and bought the fantastic book by David Liebman called “A Chromatic Approach to Jazz Harmony and Melody”. The concepts in that book are still resonating with me on a daily basis, not only David being a great influence on my playing and thinking but also the various examples and references related to...

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Chris Potter Acapella Solo Standards – transcribed!!!!

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014

Yes, it blows my mind but Eli Bennett as transcribed 11 bootleg recordings of Chris Potter’s acapella solos that for a few years started traveling around the internet. I remember the first one I heard was “Tune Up” and immediately posted a blog post with that amazing video (see below). The 11 transcriptions are published as an eBook and can be bought (20 dolars only … a must have)...

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Sviatoslav Richter: L’ Insoumis

Posted by on Aug 16, 2014

Widely considered one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. While he very much enjoyed performing for an audience, Richter hated planning concerts years in advance, and in later life took to playing at very short notice in small, most often darkened halls, with only a small lamp lighting the score. Richter claimed that this setting helped the audience focus on the music being performed,...

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