When we teach adornos, we typically do an exercise called “the joint dance” in which we ask students to explore the range of motion of each joint in their body, and to use this range of motion to express the music.
For this exercise I play some of my “Colorado Music” and students are usually very curious to know more about it.
Colorado is home to lots of folks who emerged from the Grateful Dead scene with a hunger for live, improvised, soulful music. All week long, small venues host improvised rock with lots of jazz and funk, bits of hiphop, heavy bass and lots of horns.
Here are my favorites:
Galactic from New Orleans
Liquid Soul from New Orleans
Vinyl from Marin County, California
Soulive from New York
Karl Denson from Southern California with his band the Greyboy Allstars and subsequently Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe