Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Cantaloupe Island Jazz Tutorial

"Cantaloupe Island" is a jazz standard composed by Herbie Hancock. It was one of the first examples of a modal jazz composition set to a funky beat.

Because is a well known and also fun to play on it, I made a backing track for you guys to fool around with it.
Introduction 8 bars, then structure repeats 5 times, last with an outro.

DOWNLOAD (right click and "save link as")

Composed by Herbie Hancock.
Track arranged and sequenced by Mihai Sorohan in 2011.

On the Fm7 chord, you can play F Dorian.
On the Db7 chord you can play Db Lydian dominant.
On the Dm7 chord you can play D dorian.

Here, take a look and get inspired by the master himself:

Herbie Hancock: Piano
Bob Sheppard: Tenor Saxophone
Lionel Loueke: Guitar
Marcus Miller: Electric Bass
Vinnie Colaiuta: Drums.

By downloading the provided files you accept the following terms:
You may use the provided backing tracks for:
- practice;
- recording/filming yourself soloing on top of it, and posting on YouTube or similar free services;
- use in a live performance/show.
You may not:
- use it for commercial purposes (put it on a CD and sell it, sell it online, etc).

All materials are properties of their owners. All material used here is for informative and educational purposes.
Enjoy the freebie.


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  2. Herbie is simply a unique, innovative and exquisite piano player. As a Jazz pianist myself, he has been one of my biggest inspirations!