I've recently been given a jazzy piece to features a section where I'm supposed to improvise with modes, and I know my way around them theory-wise, but when I try and play it just sounds very noodly, not very colourful, yunnow? Boring and no direction. One tip I've picked up is to sing over the backing track, and play it (I'm playing this on a guitar but I think this applies to any pitched instrument anyway). I thought another way would be to find some great albums featuring cool modal solos, transcribe them and see what makes 'em tick. Now so far on list I've got: Kind of blue A love supreme Any other stuff to learn from?