Today was a great day.. I had the opportunity to practice some improvised music with Peter Eisenberg (vibes/synth), and Oliver Knill (drum set), in Napa.
I played trumpet of course.. and a guitar player friend was supposed to show up but was unable to make it. So we practiced a bit anyhow.
Some tunes I think we randomly tried to go through, off the top of our heads, were - Take The A Train, All Blues, Mr. PC, a bit of Salt Peanuts, Cissy Strut, and a few other abstract jams.. a couple based off of some blues types progressions.
I really enjoyed the session. It was my first time playing in a improvised music setting with real musicians, for a few months. I was really missing this random, cohesive, collective improvisation, I felt, for those few months.
I did, however, keep my chops up playing along to digital tracks, making my own beats, writing my trumpet to them, and even found a "smooth jazz" beat online I was able to make a demo recording to (during those breaking months).
But in all honestly, there is nothing like real live improvised music, where musicians have to use their ears, the music is organic. To me it's like eating a snack "junk food" meal, from a gas station (some types of digital/electronic music), to picking fresh produce straight from the earth/eating organically (is similar to live musicians playing together).
I highly suggest keeping it real, and staying true to your skill set, and using it collectively with other musicians, to create some real sounds, on the fly. That's the best music in my opinion.
Keep on trumpeting and keep making music.
Peter Eisenberg on vibes and synth.. Oliver Knill, on drum set.