Modal Jazz

Modal jazz is jazz that uses musical modes rather than chord progressions as a harmonic framework. Originating in the late 1950s and 1960s, modal jazz is epitomized by Miles Davis’s “Milestones” (1958), Kind of Blue (1959), and John Coltrane’s classic quartet from 1960-64.

Modal Jazz musicians:

  • Herbie Hancock
  • McCoy Tyner
  • Miles Davis
  • John Coltrane
  • Yusef Lateef
  • Bill Evans

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