Bass And Jazz Standards, Part Two: Tunes Overview/quick Study Prep For Pickup Gigs

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  1. Tim Bowen

    Tim Bowen Poster Extraordinaire

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    Thanks to those who have contributed to my thread entitled 'What jazz standards feature signature bass lines?'.

    http://www.tdpri.com/threads/what-jazz-standards-feature-signature-bass-lines.617514/


    The purpose of that thread is to get an idea about tunes which contain specific bass lines that really don't want to be fudged - where basic chord charts, musicianship, and improvisation alone aren't quite enough. And I do have a far clearer picture of that now, thanks to those who have offered input.

    This thread aspires to work in tandem with the previous thread, but with the opposite approach: standards with no particular signature or hook bass lines, where improvising the lines will work just fine (but with more specificity to the choices of the tunes - please read on, thanks). This would assume that one has access to and can read chord charts, understands how chords are constructed, and can build lines on the spot based on walking lines with chromatics, along with use of arpeggios, root-five moves, and all else that would apply.

    As with the previous thread, I'm looking at old school standards that are commonly called.

    What I'd like to do is design a sort of abridged crash course overview of select tunes that one could use to quickly prepare for a pickup gig - with say, two hours or so to run through specific tunes that would cover the most amount of ground in a small period of time, along the lines of what one might expect to encounter on the job. A 'cramming for the exam' type of thing. To get the obvious out of the way, yes, of course this is a hugely compromised proposition that doesn't purport to replace more comprehensive work and study. However, I believe that it could still be quite useful.

    Not just looking for lists of cool tunes... For anyone willing to contribute, choose - you pick the number - 8, 12, 15 specific tunes, whatever you think - that would arm one with at least a general overview toward the goal of navigating:
    • medium swing/Ellington
    • tunes based on 'Rhythm Changes'
    • Latin/bossa/samba/Jobim
    • ballads
    • fast bebop
    • blues
    • minor blues
    • modal tunes
    Reference sources for the prep session are YouTube and a version of The Real Book.

    Tunes should:
    • be found in The Real Book
    • be easily found at YouTube
    • be among those commonly called at typical straight ahead jazz gigs
    • be chosen as part of the aforementioned overview for quick study that covers the different types of tunes previously mentioned.
    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Manhattan School of Music have a basic list of tunes that feature the most commonly used sequences/progressions. The idea is that if you learn these , you cover material for the majority of standards......thats the theory!
    Apart from various guises of ii V I's there are particular cyclic patterns that occur in each of these

    Blues (Billies Bounce, Sonnymoon for Two, Tenor Madness, No Blues) Med-fast
    Rhythm Changes - (Oleo, Lester Leaps in, Thrivin on a riff) Med- fast
    Indiana (Donna Lee) Fast
    Cherokee ( key centres in bridge) fast
    Perdido ( Rhumba)
    Lover ( I maj to i min - ala Green Dolphin St - GDS is also a classic straight 8th to swing tune)
    Stella By Starlight ( only resolves to tonic once in the middle of the tune ballad to medium)
    Whispering (Groovin High) Fast
    Sweet Georgia Brown ( follows VI II V I progression) medium fast
    Honeysuckle Rose medium fast
    Night and Day (bVI V I cadences - descending from #iv to I - key change up a min 3rd) Straight 8th - can go to swing in the B section
    All the Things you are (diatonic cycles of 4ths) - all tempos
    How High the Moon -Ornithology ( key centres descend in Maj 2nds) Medium fast

    I would add:
    Watermelon Man/Canteloupe Island
    Maiden Voyage - Modal
    So What -modal
    Take the A Train
    Corcovado (Bossa)
    Pennies form Heaven
    Minor Blues - (Mr PC, Israel)
    Killer Joe
    Autumn Leaves
    Body and Soul
    Caravan
    But Not for me
    Just Friends
    Someday my prince will Come
    Secret Love

    Boy,its a task to reduce it down to essentials -
     
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    And yet you've managed quite well. Your post is extremely helpful, thanks so much!
     
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    I know it's more than 15 but I already have a list so I'm just pasting from a word doc. It's also linked by SP above.
    This is my list of "Essential Tunes for Harmonic Form". Primarily 'my' compendium of - if you know these tunes, you won't be surprised by anything else that's thrown at you. *Strictly from the 'harmonic' standpoint and compiled for improvisers.
    I find that most of these tunes are called a lot (out here anyway).

    Ken's Essential Tunes for HARMONIC Form:
    Rhythm Changes (Oleo, Anthropology, Eternal Triangle)
    Blues (Straight No Chaser, Bags Groove)
    Minor Blues (Equinox, Mr. PC)
    Footprints ("blues" with extended turnaround)
    A-Train / Ipanema
    Yardbird Suite
    Minority
    Four
    All of Me
    Autumn Leaves
    Black Orpheus / Sugar
    Blue Bossa
    Recorda Me / Yes or No (modal sections + ‘changes’)
    Green Dolphin St. (C & Eb – great major to minor study)
    How High the Moon
    Impressions / So What (modal)
    Maiden Voyage (more "complex" modal)
    Funny Valentine
    Solar
    Wave
    Song For My Father
    Night & Day (or I Love You – both do a ii-7b5 to V7alt. to a I major)
    All the Things You Are / Misty / Fly Me to the Moon
    Blue & Green (ballad, 10-bar form)
    Caravan (Long alt. 1 chord w/ rhythm bridge)
    Scrapple From the Apple (Honeysuckle Rose)
    Killer Joe (Dom. 7th vamp w/ bridge)
    What Is This Thing Called Love (mixed ii – Vs)
    Confirmation / Cherokee
    Stella By Starlight

    * Extra Credit, though necessary for a more ‘complete’ understanding.

    Joy Spring / Ceora
    Night In Tunisia
    Giant Steps (Countdown)
    All Blues(3/4)
    Early Autumn
    Take 5
    Moment's Notice
    Tenderly
    Stardust
    Freedom Jazz Dance / Miles Mode (intervallic and outside melodic statements)

    Caveat: It's my list. If I neglected to include someone's personal, must-have jazz standard I apologize ... make your own list ;)
     
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    Aha. Deja vu all over again. Thought I'd encountered something along these lines at some point, but couldn't put my finger on what or where it was. How convenient. Excellent, thanks guys.

    Are you making a distinction between 3/4 & 6/8 here for some reason, or is this more like a generalization? And thanks for sharing your list.
     
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    Strictly a generalization. 3,6,9 - 'waltz' time.
     
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    Gotcha, thanks.
     
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    I've always felt All Blues in 3 even if its written as 6/8
     
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