John McNeil talks about the Phyrgian Scale otherwise known as the E scale, and how it used in Jazz.
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Now, let us build a scale on the third pitch, the third degree of the C Major scale. This is a Minor scale called the Phrygian mode.
Incidentally, if you want to know where these names come from, fill up your map of Greece, somebody, somewhere had a bright idea of naming scales after Greek provinces, do not ask me why. Anyway, you can see that the Phrygian scale has a half step between the first two notes.
Now, this half step along with the flat sixth is what gives the Phrygian scale its characteristic sound.
John Coltrane with the tune called transition that is just a Phrygian scale through out. This is pretty rare however, usually a Phrygian scale is used for just one section of a tune. Here is how it sounds with a solo.