Early bebop was often difficultly complex. Monk said of those early Minton’s days: “we wanted a music they couldn’t play”, the being the white musicians who so often took this music mostly originated by blacks and essentially taking it over, especially financially.
Salt peanuts is, to me, the classic pretentious bebop tune.
But for the most part, even when they started off with disjointed, complex themes, it soon turned into groovalicious music that you didn’t have to count off on a slide ruler. Music like this:
, like this:
As much as I love the weirdness factor and the willingness to explore, much of this sounds like they’re using a musical essay form to take a calculus exam.
Which nit ain’t to say that Miles et al didn’t start off w/ I Got Rhythm as their derivation point, especially since it was one of them tunes everyone loved to play and so was easy for band members to learn.
Just the compositional church lady in me fingering her crotch and sniffing, is all.
which, of course, only serves to prove somebody’s point, and I’m stomping all over someone’s lawn, and when I want to hear music in which I have to struggle to maintain my sense of place, I go for the likes of this: