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John McNeil talks about the Ascending Melodic Minor Scale otherwise known as the C Minor scale, and how it used in Jazz.
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Now, let us turn out attention to the Minor+Major 7 scale. This scale is sometimes known as the ascending form of a melodic Minor. That name comes from classical usage and I think it is just confusing. Just say Minor+Major 7 scale, it is a lot simpler.
You will also be pleased to know that we do not have any Greek names attached to the modes of this scale. Instead scholars have come up with names like Lydian Augmented and Super Locrian.
If you are smart, you will do what I do and pretty much call a scale by its symbol like E flat Major 7# 5 scale for example. Okay.
Let us look at the modes of the Minor+Major 7 scale. The first mode is kind of self explanatory. Obviously, you can use it over a Minor chord with a Major 7. Part of front are being adjust is that you get to make a lot of useful choices.
Often times an improviser will choose to play a Minor+Major 7 scale instead of a Dorian scale. But the rhythm section is listening, they will change the chord they are playing to come and make it to Major 7.
Here is a solo over D Minor, I will insert a Major 7 into the scale at some point and the rhythm section should react.