OK, so I was reading an article by some guitarist on intermusic.com about soloing and I came accross this passage about a technique the writer calls meldoic embelishment, or summit like that, used by this pianist in his solos: __________________________________________ Another strategy is to begin with a simple version of the melody, add a few embellishments and work your way towards increasing complexity. Rob Mullins is the master of a rather peculiar version of this strategy. Rob takes the melody and adds his embellishments going increasing outside until he winds up with a flurry of essentially random tones. He does this so gradually that, at the climax, you are sure he is playing some exotic scale. But, he's not. He is, in these moments, using the piano as an atonal percussion instrument, but he has taken you there so skillfully that you want to believe he has just invented some whole new set of harmonic rules. __________________________________________ I'm not sure what to make of this? It sounds to me as tho this pianist is in fact embellishing his original melody with all sorts of chord substitutions and scales, to the point of the melody being lost, but that the writer doesnt understand this? How can this guy have "taken you there so skillfully that you want to believe he has just invented some whole new set of harmonic rules" if he ends up playing randomly around a melody? It just sounds like a totally ignorant explantion of what this guy is doing? Any opinions?!