hey guys.  i'm working on some of my fingerings.  the question i have pertains to sliding on the black keys when playing jazz.  for example, when playing classical (which i don't do often mind you) i wouldn't dream of doing a slide unless it was called for because it's not idiomatic.  conversely, i wouldn't hesitate to do so when playing blues or bluesy things.  but when playing parker-esque lines, or literally playing something out of the omnibook, would you recommend using black-key slides to articulate the half steps (in time of course) or do you think it's better to individually articulate each note with a separate finger?
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i think it's better to play each note with a separate finger. that way, you can control the duration and volume of each note, whereas when you slide into a note you can't control these as well.
sometimes slides from a black key are the best ways to handle an awkward passage. please note however -- you have to practice this a lot, as controlling the volume and control of the notes is quite difficult.

actually, it's called for in some situations in classical music; i forget where, but in one of the chopin etudes there's a situation where this is called for. also in some of the nocturnes in the cortot edition. when it's done, it needs to be controlled, and i usually try to look for other, less awkward solutions.  

i usually like to individually articulate each note unless it's so fast i can't. there's a certain part of bud powell's solo on cherokee that i can only do with that technique, and it sounds like that's what he also employed.
use slides when you need to, but make sure they sound like notes- don't let the slide get in the way of time unless you want the effect.
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saxophone fingering and technique (especially in bird's case) calls for a number of gestures that are virtually the same as single crushes (half-step up or down grace notes), double crushes (a half-step + a half-step "roll"), and what could be termed "multiple crushes" (any number of quick half-step glisses up or down into the target note).

the only natural way to approximate these fleeting gestures is by use of "slides".
yes, i agree with 7 - also you have to remember that the omnibook is  a transcription from eb alto sax, so if you're reading from the 'concert' edition you're not even in the same key as parker was, as the sax is a transposing instrument.

many of the fast runs in his solos are practically unplayable on piano. at least when reading bud powell transcriptions you know it's possible!

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