This follows on from the chat on pages 7 and 8 of The jazz corner about using the melodic minor, especially raising it one semitone in the lead up to a step up of a 4th (eg. when the chord changes from G to C or D to G).
The band I am in plays a dreadful, slow (72bpm) instrumental version of Amazing Grace. Why do I think it's awful? The pedestrian pace of the banjo makes me think of a film in the wild west where a donkey pulling a heavy load is on its last legs, desperate for water and struggling to take each step.
Okay, back to Jazz. Bluegrass is a neighbour of jazz in that both styles of music often provide gaps for each instrument to take a solo. So what I was thinking, was that I would see whether a solo using the melodic minor could add some colour and interest to one verse.
If you fancy composing a verse, it could be fun to compare notes and see what we come up with. After 3 ...