Monthly Archives: November 2015

Melanie

Here’s a good example of how to construct a memorable tune by the underrated pianist Freddie Redd.  Notice in only 16 bars he fits in a statement of a simple theme, a repetition of the theme molded to fit the bluesy chord structure, a counter-melody that contrasts both the rhythm and tonality of the first two phrases, and a return to the theme with both horns playing unison to emphasize the high point of the melody (E-natural in bar 14).  Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have great players like Jackie McLean, Tina Brooks, Paul Chambers and Louis Hayes on your recording too.

Melanie

Melanie

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JC

While recording his 1980 album Good Cookin’, Junior Cook asked trombonist Slide Hampton to write a tune based on John Coltrane’s “Lazy Bird”, itself a rewrite of Tadd Dameron’s “Lady Bird”.  The chords for the head and shout chorus differ slightly from the original, but the band solos on Trane’s Lazy Bird changes.

JC

JC