developing style by hal galper

"jazz great miles davis was once quoted as saying there were no innovators left, only stylists. whether an accurate assessment of the state of jazz or not, one thing's for sure, there are certainly less of the former and more of the latter.

webster's dictionary defines innovation as " change or alter by introducing something new..." webster further defines style as "...distinction, excellence, originality and character in any form of artistic or literary expression...""

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"historically, the technique used for bringing out your own voice has been, and still is, to copy or "model" the music of players from preceding generations. this modeling generally took two forms: a student selected one single player to emulate or took the eclectic approach by modeling many players. in either case, the lineage of the model or models emulated became an integral and evident part of each new generation's playing. for example, just to name a few, one can easily hear the lineage in the music of the following players: roy eldridge's influence on dizzy, louis smith's on bird, duke's on monk, dizzy on miles, prez on sonny rollins, dexter on coltrane, errol garner and nat cole on ahmad jamal. the list is endless. over the years, through this process of "selection," the mentor's influence led each player to develop their own style. in a most basic sense, individual style is developed by through each individual's application of the selective process to the history of the music."

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yeah, jazz+ (and hal galper),
what about other instruments influencing pianists? such as louis armstrong on earl hines, coltrane on tyner (or vice-versa?), ahmad jamal on miles davis?...
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