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#1130852 - 03/01/05 05:06 PM Jazz Chord Progressions
DR LO Offline
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What are some of your favorite jazz chord progressions? Or some songs or tunes that you like to play, when playing with others maybe as in a combo setting. Unfortunatly we don't have the ability to actually notate here.

--DR LO

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#1130853 - 03/01/05 11:11 PM Re: Jazz Chord Progressions
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Stella by Starlight, of course, is one of my favorites. Peri's Scope is a really fun song to stretch out on, too.

I tend to like songs that use plenty of half-diminished chords and altered dominant chords. They have a nice sound.
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#1130854 - 03/02/05 10:01 AM Re: Jazz Chord Progressions
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Personally I like this turnaround to G maj:

Gmaj7 Bb7 | Ebmaj7 Ab7 || Gmaj

I think it's known as the LadyBird (Tadd Dameron) turnaround or something...

However, I have found with experience that it is not so much the intended chord that gives a sound I like, but rather the voicing. Also it is that particular voicing in a particular context. It's the unexpected voicing I tend to like.
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#1130855 - 03/02/05 04:14 PM Re: Jazz Chord Progressions
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So would I be right in saying Bb7 is the V7 of Ebmaj7, which is the TT sub for the ii, and then Ab7 is the TT sub for the V? I progressions like that, which go into the alternate cycle for a few chords.

I like that turnaround. Lots of nice stuff you can play over it. \:\)
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#1130856 - 03/02/05 06:37 PM Re: Jazz Chord Progressions
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Herbie Hancock's "tell me a bedtime story"

B Maj7, G Maj7, E Maj7, C Maj7 - Hold the F# constant throughout the chord. You can mix Lydian and Ionian modes while soloing over those progressions for flavor.

In Stella (and others) where you have a ii V progression, I like to use the following voicing:

Beginning of Stella for example: E min half Dim - A aug


E min half Dim:
left hand - E, G, Bb
right hand - D, F#, A

A aug:
left hand - A, G
right hand - C#, F#, A (substitute A# for a more un-resolved sound if the melody isn't hanging on the A)

This chord voicing is great for any ii V, and resolves nicely to the dorian mode (the A# in the right hand part of the A aug above acts as a passing tone to the raised six in D min).
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#1130857 - 03/02/05 06:39 PM Re: Jazz Chord Progressions
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 Quote:
Originally posted by hgiles:
Personally I like this turnaround to G maj:

Gmaj7 Bb7 | Ebmaj7 Ab7 || Gmaj

I think it's known as the LadyBird (Tadd Dameron) turnaround or something...

However, I have found with experience that it is not so much the intended chord that gives a sound I like, but rather the voicing. Also it is that particular voicing in a particular context. It's the unexpected voicing I tend to like. [/b]
If that ended in a B Maj7 instead of G Maj7, you would have a piece of Giant Steps.
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#1130858 - 03/03/05 08:42 AM Re: Jazz Chord Progressions
hgiles Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by gregjazz:
So would I be right in saying Bb7 is the V7 of Ebmaj7, which is the TT sub for the ii, and then Ab7 is the TT sub for the V? I progressions like that, which go into the alternate cycle for a few chords.

I like that turnaround. Lots of nice stuff you can play over it. \:\) [/b]
Yes, it is an obvious reharmonization of the typical I VI II V turnaround. The II sound becomes a Major 7th sound and is a striking contrast (distant tonal center) to the overall key.

... in other words, it sounds cool!
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#1130859 - 03/03/05 05:29 PM Re: Jazz Chord Progressions
DR LO Offline
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You guys are using a lot of big words and chord names and what not that I do not know. I wish I knew theory.

--DR LO

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#1130860 - 03/03/05 06:47 PM Re: Jazz Chord Progressions
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Just messed with these chords on my piano. Very nice...

Cheers,

Ralph
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#1130861 - 03/04/05 04:39 AM Re: Jazz Chord Progressions
goose Offline
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Registered: 03/03/05
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Loc: Prague, CZ
Hey, Dr Lo,

If you wish you knew theory, that's the best place to start. It's not some mystical or super-advanced stuff that is beyond you. In fact, if you play at all, you already know a bunch of theory. You just may not know you know it.

There are numerous books which will have all the pieces falling together for you.

See my post in a different thread for two recommendations:
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/37/56.html

Hope this helps,

Goose

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#1130862 - 03/04/05 05:30 AM Re: Jazz Chord Progressions
hgiles Offline
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Loc: Charlottesville Virginia
 Quote:
Originally posted by DR LO:
You guys are using a lot of big words and chord names and what not that I do not know. I wish I knew theory.

--DR LO [/b]
I would have to agree that you probably know more theory than you give yourself credit for.

What might serve you well, though, is to familiarize yourself with nomenclature (Maj7, min7, half-dim, diminished, etc) and standard terminology that is used in discussing modes (ionian, dorian, locrian, diminished ) that correspond to the chord symbol.

It will take you all of an hour to learn this basic stuff, then when someone talks about it you will be able to talk about it and hear it in your head. It helps a lot here in the forums because not many people post audio clips...

Trust me on this one, theory is the easy part!
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