The Jazz Guitar Chord Dictionary
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    I recently listened to the Sonny Rollins original and learned the "right" tones, but...

    Most guys seem to play the "wrong" Realbook version. (With the G instead of F and a couple of other notes changed)
    Also on a lot of recordings I have they play the Realbook melody.

    What is your melody of choice, in particular at jam sessions?
    Last edited by DonEsteban; 01-26-2022 at 04:51 PM.

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    I play the melody from the Miles version from “Relaxin with…”:



    but my favorite version is Grant Green’s, which is so wrong it’s right:


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    I learned it from the version on "Bags Groove," so if I was leading, I'd play it that way (and that tempo too!)

    If I wasn't leading, I'd do my best to never try and play that head in unison with somebody else

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. beaumont
    I learned it from the version on "Bags Groove," so if I was leading, I'd play it that way (and that tempo too!)
    Me too, that was what I referred to as "original" earlier.

    Quote Originally Posted by mr. beaumont
    If I wasn't leading, I'd do my best to never try and play that head in unison with somebody else
    Maybe I should follow your advice...
    Last edited by DonEsteban; 01-26-2022 at 04:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes
    Gotta save this clip for whenever somebody asks "What's so cool about jazz guitar?"

    By the way, since we're talking about this tune, I had a really tough time when I first learned this one, remembering the little syncopated bits in the head. So I made up words to it. I still sing it in my head when I play it...I think I learned this tune 20 years ago!

    O-le-o
    O-le-o
    Not but-ter
    Or short-en-ing is workin' for me
    Mar-gar-ine
    Mar-gar-ine
    When I make a pound cake
    It's got to be
    Im-per-i-all-y

    O-le-o
    O-le-o
    Not but-ter
    Or short-en-ing is workin' for me
    Mar-gar-ine
    Mar-gar-ine
    When I make a pound cake
    It's got to be ol-e-o

    My great aunt's pound cake recipe SPECIFICALLY calls for "Oleo," and you'd think anything would be better with butter, but I assure you, there are crucial exceptions.

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    I usually only comp on this one, as it often gets called by horn players at jam sessions I frequent. I like all of the above versions. Maybe that's the beauty of the tune, lending itself to versioning. But I think I'll bookmark that Pass Pedersen one as a reminder of what is, indeed, cool about jazz guitar!