You may not be surprised that this tune started as a left hand exercise for pianist Walter Bishop, Jr. I’ve written it as he plays it on an old video in which he explains how he incorporated the cycle of fourths into his music. On the third page I’ve included the solo section as played by the band on Walter’s Keeper Of My Soul album.
Here’s a swinging tune built entirely on minor chords from Grant Green’s Idle Moments record.
I recently picked up drummer Nate Smith’s new album Kinfolk: Postcards from Everywhere. It’s a very engaging work that’s full of pleasant surprises, including a lovely cover of a Stereolab song. Here’s the original in basic form:
Here’s another pretty song from Djavan, dedicated to his birthplace.