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#2559061 - 07/27/16 10:32 AM Wheel of Fourths - Jazz
hyena Offline
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Registered: 01/06/16
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Heya, I was curious about the what jazz songs are written in the wheel of fourths, are there any sources that shows all the jazz songs in this progression?

For example:

Fly me to the moon (6-2-5-etc)
Autumn leaves (2-5-1-etc)

I've heard this is one of the most popular progressions. Do you guys know any more jazz songs, written with these progressions?

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#2559136 - 07/27/16 03:05 PM Re: Wheel of Fourths - Jazz [Re: hyena]
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The Fly Me To The Moon progression and its many variations are very common in pop music.
A little less so in jazz though.

Others that are kind of similar:

All The Things You Are
Don't Explain (bridge)
Beautiful Love

And some Brazilian songs (is that jazz? who knows...)
Manha Do Carnaval
Voce Abusou (verse)

That's all I can think of for now.

This page

has a good list, though not only jazz and not only about this specific chord progression.

#2559154 - 07/27/16 04:40 PM Re: Wheel of Fourths - Jazz [Re: hyena]
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Really, it's hard to find jazz tunes that don't, at least in part, use the ii-V-I progression. After 1960, folks starting writing tunes that didn't use that, but before that, they all did. Just crack open the Real Book and you'll likely find ii-V-Is.

If you want tunes that use the I-VI-ii-V, that's Rhythm Changes. In additional to I Got Rhythm, look up the Wikipedia article on Contrafacts and find all the tunes based on Rhythm Changes.

What are some tunes that use ii-V-I alot? Try How High the Moon and All the Things You Are.

#2559201 - 07/27/16 08:18 PM Re: Wheel of Fourths - Jazz [Re: jjo]
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ii-V-I yes very common indeed, but I thought the OP was referring to the 8 bar progression used in Fly Me To The Moon and it's many subtle variations

#2559263 - 07/28/16 03:10 AM Re: Wheel of Fourths - Jazz [Re: hyena]
Nahum Offline
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Loc: Israel
Jazz songs are based often on jazz tunes with the addition of text , such lyricists like John Hendricks, Oscar Brown, Eddie Jefferson. Another source of jazz songs - jazz musicians and composers : D.Ellington,, Cedar Walton, C. Corea and more.


It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Take The A Train
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
In a Sentimental Mood
Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
Sophisticated Lady


500 miles high
"You're Everything"

Songs of Cab Calloway
Minnie the Moocher

Moody's Mood for Love


Dat Dere

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

The Maestro

Ornette's Lonely Woman

And a lot of songs by Bill Evans, mostly in 3/4.



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