Originally Posted by Nay
I agree with LiveSimply that it is clearly there to ensure an 1/8th pause before the "bass" line kicks in...
However, we can't see the bar before it. Could it be there to specifically point out that you release the previous note?
For example, a quater note is commonly held down for quater of the bar, not just played for an 1/8th... So could this be potentially to make the player release for example a whole or half note from the bar before, which gives the rest more pronouciation... if I'm making sense...
I'm just trying to remember years of jazz piano from a long time ago...!
Hey, Nay. I can't say that in my experience reading standard notation I've ever encountered the example you site, if I'm understanding you correctly, where a rest would be actively utilized to aggressively cut off a note so it's not held for its full value. I'm not saying such notation doesn't exist, just that I've personally never come across it (that would have just confused the lights out of me).