One Step Ahead

Speaking of songs that have a fresh, new sound when played in 3/4, I was really pleased to find “One Step Ahead” on Cecile McLorin Salvant’s latest album The Window.  The original is one of my favorite Aretha Franklin songs, and now that her voice is gone it’s bittersweet hearing someone else sing the words.  Still, this version really has a life of its own, and like all great jazz has one eye toward the past and one on the present.  This is just a lead sheet sketch of the melody, the phrasing should be unique to each performer.

 

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