Monthly Archives: April 2015

These Are The Things I Love

This oldie is based on Tchaikovsky’s “Melody No. 3, Op. 42”.

These Are The Things I Love

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Perseverance/Endurance

Horace Silver wrote some of the most memorable hard bop standards of the 50s and 60s.  He continued to compose prolifically in the 70s and 80s, but his albums from this period are for some reason not as well known.  This funky 7/4 tune is from Silver ‘n Wood, and is the fourth and last movement of Horace’s “Tranquilizer Suite”.

Perseverance:Endurance

Perseverance/Endurance

Chasm

There are dozens of jazz heads based on the chord changes to Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm”, which makes it probably the most popular standard template after the 12-bar blues.  Unlike the blues, though, almost every version of “rhythm changes” is in the same key.  Usually the difference in these tunes lies in the B section, as can be seen in this Cannonball Adderley composition, where he replaces the usual D7 / G7 / C7 / F7 with a Bb7 / Ab7 / Gb7 / F7 progression (with attendant subdominants).

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