Month: February 2011

Kenny Barron – Voyage

Below is a lead sheet to Kenny Barron’s great tune “Voyage” off the album Serenity with Stan Getz.  I highly recommend picking up this album, and also Anniversary and/or People Time, both of which feature Kenny Barron on piano.  Solid stuff.  Voyage is filled with standards – “On Green Dolphin Street”, “I Remember You”, and “I Love You”, and is a good listen.  Even though my all-time favorite Getz album is Stan Getz & the Oscar Peterson Trio, the collaborations with Kenny Barron are a close second.  Anyway, here’s the tune:

Bud Powell – Wail

Below are 2 different lead sheets for Bud Powell’s tune “Wail” off the album The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol 1.  One lead sheet contains the piano intro at the beginning,  but takes up 2 pages, and the other version doesn’t include the intro, but is only one page long.  So… here they are

With intro:

And without:

Freddie Hubbard – Dear John

Below is a lead sheet to the tune “Dear John” written by Freddie Hubbard off his album Bolivia.  The album isn’t my favorite, but it features some real heavy hitters – Cedar Walton and Vincent Herring – and also has the tune “Bolivia” on it (obviously).  It’s an original melody over the changes to John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”  The chords in the first two bars aren’t exactly right, and it’s driving me nuts… but this is the best I have right now.  Enjoy.

Bud Powell – Dance of the Infidels

Below is a lead sheet to Bud Powell’s tune “Dance of the Infidels” from the album The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1.  Quick note about the lead sheet – the last two bars of the tune are omitted during the solos -the tune is a 12-bar F blues with a few substitutions thrown in.  I highly recommend picking up a copy of this album – it contains some great Bud Powell tunes such as “Bouncin’ With Bud” and “Wail” (an E flat rhythm changes tune), and a ridiculous cover of “Parisian Thoroughfare.”

Body and Soul – John Coltrane reharmonization

Below is my transcription of John Coltrane’s reharmonization of “Body and Soul” off the album Coltrane’s Sound.  Easily one of my favorite Coltrane albums, Coltrane’s Sound also features fantastic tunes like “26-2” (Trane changes over Charlie Parker’s tune “Confirmation”), “Satellite” (Trane changes over “How High The Moon”), “Equinox”, and the great ballad “Central Park West.”  In order to keep the lead sheet to 1 page, the tune stops at the end of the bridge – the last A section has the same changes as the first A, so I figure it’s redundant to include the last A section if it makes the lead sheet spill over into another page.

Mulgrew Miller – Body and Soul Reharmonization

Below is my transcription of Mulgrew Miller’s reharmonization of Body and Soul.  The changes are taken from Mulgrew’s version of “Body and Soul” from the album With Our Own Eyes.  The melody as written is just the standard melody to the tune as this transcription was done for the purpose of learning the chord changes.  The major departure from the standard changes is in bars 5 and 6.  Note that these changes are very similar to Freddie Hubbard’s reharmonization from Freddie’s album “Here to Stay” – the major difference being the #5.  Also, the melody in bars 5 and 6 is written up an octave, for the sake of legibility, as the chords are easier to read in this register (at least they are in my opinion).

Freddie Hubbard – Body and Soul reharmonization

This is my transcription of Freddie Hubbard’s reharmonization of the tune “Body and Soul” off of his album Here To Stay.  This fantastic album also features Cedar Walton, Reggie Workman, Philly Joe Jones, and Wayne Shorter.  Where the chord changes differ significantly from the original (bars 2, 5, and the first 4 bars of the bridge), the melody as played by Freddie has been loosely transcribed.  Otherwise, the stock melody has been inserted, as my main purpose in transcribing the tune is for the chord changes.  I encourage you to check out Mulgrew Miller’s reharmonization of the tune from the album With Our Own Eyes for comparison purposes.  Enjoy!