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.



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