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  1. #26

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    In terms of solos that have a relatively simple melodic/harmonic/rhythmic profile, check out Dexter Gordon's on Second Balcony Jump. Here's a completely diatonic line from his solo that's easy to play and perfectly outlines the changes (@ 1'36"):

    Recommendations for Rhythm Changes to Transcribe?-sbj-jpeg



    Edit: Just noticed that Christian's already suggested this track.
    Last edited by PMB; 05-27-2021 at 08:23 PM.

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    As far as guitar versions go, this solo by Billy Bean contains some great ideas:


  4. #28

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    Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 21:54:55 -0500 (EST)
    From: Kimberly Stephans <kstephan@indiana.edu>
    Subject: Re: Rhythm ChangesTim,
    Well, you asked for it, here it is: a Very Incomplete Yet Still Very Long List of Tunes Based on Rhythm Changes.
    [ahem...]
    Allen's Alley (AKA Wee) Denzil Best
    Almost David Baker
    Anthropology (AKA Thrivin' From a Riff) Parker/Gillespie
    Apple Honey Woody Herman
    Bop Kick Nat Cole
    Boppin' a Riff Sonny Stitt
    Brown Gold Art Pepper
    Bud's Bubble Bud Powell
    Call the Police Nat Cole (?)
    Calling Dr. Jazz Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
    Celerity Charlie Parker
    Chant of the Groove Coleman Hawkins (?)
    Chasin' the Bird Charlie Parker
    Cheers "" ""
    Constellation "" ""
    Coolie Rini Howard McGhee
    Coppin' the Bop J.J. Johnson
    Cottontail Duke Ellington
    Delerium Tadd Dameron
    Dexter's Deck Dexter Gordon
    Dexterity Charlie Parker
    Don't Be That Way Edgar Sampson
    Dorothy Howard McGhee
    The Duel Dexter Gordon
    Eb Pob Fats Navarro/Leo Parker
    Fat Girl Fats Navarro
    Father Steps In Dixon/Randall/Hines/Fox
    Fifty Second Street Theme Thelonius Monk
    The Flintstones Hoyt Curtain
    Fox Hunt J.J. Johnson
    Goin' To Minton's Fats Navarro
    Good Queen Bess Duke Ellington
    The Goof and I Al Cohn
    Hamp's Paws Hampton Hawes
    Harlem Swing Nat Cole (?)
    Hollerin' and Screamin' Eddie Davis
    I'm an Errand Boy for Rhythm Nat Cole (?)
    In Walked Horace J.J. Johnson
    Jay Jay "" ""
    Jaybird "" ""
    The Jeep is Jumpin' Duke Ellington
    Jug Handle Gene Ammons
    Juggernaut "" ""
    Juggin' Around Frank Foster
    Jumpin' at the Woodside Count Basie
    Lemon Drop George Wallington
    Lester Leaps In Lester Young
    Lila Mae Nat Cole (?)
    The Little Man on the White Keys " "
    Miss Thing Count Basie
    Moody Speaks (original version) James Moody/Dave Burns
    Moody's Got Rhythm James Moody
    Moose the Mooche Charlie Parker
    Mop, Mop Gaillard/Stewert/Tatum
    Newk's Fadeway Sonny Rollins
    No Moe " "
    Northwest Passage Herman/Jackson/Burns
    O Go Mo Sonny Rollins
    Oleo " "
    On the Scene Gillespie/Fuller/Roberts
    One Bass Hit Dizzy Gillespie
    Opp-Bop-Sha-Bam " "
    An Oscar for Treadwell " "
    Ow Charlie Greenlea
    Passport Charlie Parker
    Pogo Stick Bounce Eden Ahbez
    Raid the Joint Erskine Hawkins (?)
    Red Cross Charlie Parker
    Rhythm in a Riff Billy Eckstine
    Rhythm Sam Nat Cole (?)
    Rhythm-a-ning Thelonius Monk
    Salt Peanuts Dizzy Gillespie
    Seven Come Eleven Charlie Christian
    Shag Sidney Bechet
    Shaw Nuff Dizzy Gillespie
    Shoo Shoo Baby Phil Moore
    Solid Potato Salad DePaul/Prince/Raye
    Sonnyside Sonny Stitt
    Squatty Roo Johnny Hodges
    Stay On It Tadd Dameron
    Steeplechase Charlie Parker
    Straighten Up and Fly Right Nat Cole
    The Street Beat C. Thompson/ Robert Mellin
    Strictly Confidential Bud Powell
    Swedish Schnapps Charlie Shavers
    Swing Spring J.J. Johnson
    Swingin' With Diane Art Pepper
    Syntax J.J. Johnson
    Ta-de-ah Nat Cole (?)
    The Theme Miles Davis
    Tiptoe Thad Jones
    Turnpike J.J. Johnson
    Wail Bud Powell
    Webb City " "
    Wee (AKA Allen's Alley) Dizzy Gillespie
    Who's Who Art Farmer
    Wire Brush Stomp Gene Krupa (?)
    XYZ Budd Johnson
    Yeah Man J. Russel Robinson

    And then of course there are a bunch of Aebersold tunes over Rhythm changes:
    Ah! A Bossa
    Almost Like...
    Bebop O'Rooney
    Blue Top Expresso
    Climbing Up
    Flat Tire! Flat Tire!
    Groovin'
    Homecourt Advantage
    Is This Blues?
    Oh, Yell!
    Put On Your Thinking Cap
    Slidin' Home
    Weaving Thru Changes


    AND, there are plenty of tunes that use Rhythm changes, but alter the A section or use a different bridge. But I think that's another post
    altogether....
    Hope that's enough to get you started! All of the tunes above were taken from a list in David Baker's book "How to Learn Tunes" (Volume 76), which is published by Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Inc.
    And yes, the class with David Baker was absolutely incredible! I've never felt so overwhelmed in my life -- on the other hand, I've also never had so much fun in a class (although this semester's jazz combo course with Pat Harbison is pretty awesome too).
    Kimberly
    kstephan@indiana.edu

    Rhythm Changes

    That's where I got most of my rhythm changes from...

    I almost have 300 songs on my itunes Rhythm Changes playlist.

    Anymore I should add? Love CTA, not sure why it ain't on the list.

  5. #29

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    Quote Originally Posted by djg View Post
    you learned how to be economical through moose the mooche? probably in a do-the-opposite way?
    j/k, but tbh there are heads that drive me nuts with their small variations like anthropology and MtM

    somehow i always preferred sonny stitt's almost lazy heads over RC.





    Well it often boils down to one or two important notes the harmony. A Gb here, a B natural there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarJay View Post
    I do realize there is a lot to explore re: rhythm changes. I'll be very happy if I can improvise simple, bluesy type lines without sounding like I'm simply playing Bb blues lines. That's my incremental goal.

    I appreciate all the suggestions and discussion - thank you all!
    If that's your goal, may I recommend leaning into the blues in bar 6; play an Eb7/Bb minor blues scale there.

    You can play blues over the whole thing, but obviously then you would be playing Bb blues lines:-)

    Also - the Bb major blues scale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PMB View Post
    In terms of solos that have a relatively simple melodic/harmonic/rhythmic profile, check out Dexter Gordon's on Second Balcony Jump. Here's a completely diatonic line from his solo that's easy to play and perfectly outlines the changes (@ 1'36"):

    Recommendations for Rhythm Changes to Transcribe?-sbj-jpeg


    Edit: Just noticed that Christian's already suggested this track.
    yea, *that* lick. i had a buddy who played more or less exactly like dexter (i kid you not) with a bit of mobley and stitt thrown into the mix. one time he played that lick and the four of us sang along in unison.

    bar two is also grant green's favourite and most recorded lick.


  8. #32

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    Wow, the list of all the rhythm changes tunes is a goldmine!

    I was not aware of Billy Bean - those are strong clear lines!

    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by djg View Post
    yea, *that* lick. i had a buddy who played more or less exactly like dexter (i kid you not) with a bit of mobley and stitt thrown into the mix. one time he played that lick and the four of us sang along in unison.

    bar two is also grant green's favourite and most recorded lick.

    Gotta start somewhere!

    Yes, Grant Green's SMPWC solo is basically that one lick with a few other notes as an added bonus.

  10. #34

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    Little Pretty Missy - Louis Armstrong

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfZ4w4VEKuQ

  11. #35

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    keep the original rhythm changes tunes coming!

    Here are a couple of my favorites:

    1. C.T.A

    2. The Jeep is Jumpin'

    3. Eb Pob

    4. Street Beat

    5. Newk's Fadeaway

    6. Delirium

    7. Wells Fargo--a nice and slower swinger of tune!

  12. #36

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    Not an easy one, but Suspone (composed by Mike Stern) was the first Rhythm Changes that I heard:


  13. #37

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    I practice rhythm changes at 55 bpm and improvise continuous 32nd notes in the right hand. Keith Jarrett ballad style.

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    The orange cover Joe Pass book has some nice solos for those who not good at transcribing. Aimee Nolte has some good stuff too for ear players.