Double Exposure

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Herbie Nichols used compositional devices that were years ahead of their time.  These songs, for example, were written in the early 1950s.  They can sound slightly “Monkish”, partly because the melodies seem to power through inappropriate harmonies under their own pianistic logic.  The difference is that while Monk used internal movement within chords to create dissonance, Nichols moved the chord structures as a whole, resulting in atonal sequences of major, augmented or suspended chords.

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