Oleo was first recorded on the Miles Davis album Bag's Groove. It is a Sonny Rollins composition based on the chord changes to Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm". This harmonic sequence is one of the most important and frequently used in jazz. It is essential to become comfortable navigating through the form. Included on the playlist are other melodies based on these chord changes. These changes are often subjected to various alterations. (i.e. The Eternal Triangle bridge).
WITTCL? was composed by the great American songwriter Cole Porter. Right from the beginning, WISTTCL? was adopted into the jazz repertoire first by the great stride piano player James P. Johnson and later by Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey (Check out the playlist for these recordings). Later, Tadd Dameron wrote the tune "Hot House" based on the chord changes of WITTCL? (and recorded by Bird and Diz). This was a common practice of bebop era musicians. Other contrafact tunes based on WITTCL? are the Lee Konitz composition "Subconscious-Lee", Fats Navarro's "Barry's Bop", Bill Evan's "These Things Called Changes" and John Coltrane's "Fifth House" (With his trademark Coltrane substitutions).
(All of the referenced compositions are in the listening examples)
The tune is constructed using primarily minor ii-V's. Watch out for the major resolutions on some of the minor ii-V's!!!
Here the six common chord substitutions that are used in jazz.
Have you been wondering how to read and interpret the chord symbols on a lead sheet?
Check out this handy guide....
Groovin' High is a great bebop tune written by Dizzy Gillespie. The melody uses lots of sequence and repeated figures. This is a melody to shed, it is much more technical than the standards that we have been working on.
The changes are basically a bunch of major ii-V progressions and minor 7th chords (Review the rules of substitutions).
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Lead Sheet (All Instruments)
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Satin Doll Lead Sheet
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This week we will be working on the great standard There is No Greater Love. All of the greats have studied this tune. It uses both major and minor ii-V progressions. It also uses a dominant 7 (#11) chord in the third measure. This chord is based off of the 4th mode of the melodic minor scale. Start to add the melodic minor scales to your daily practice routine.
When starting to work on this tune, step one is LEARN THE MELODY!!! Listen to a few of the versions that I have included on the playlist. Find a version that you dig and play a long with it. Listen to how they phrase the melody and try to imitate what they are doing.
Challenge: Find a version of this song that is not included on the playlist and share it with your classmates.
Here is a play along track to work with: