Jazz In Odd Meters – Standards in 5/4 Time (Continued)

(Also check out Standards in 5/4 Time part one, and Standards in 7/4 Time)

So I was recently checking out Tim Warfield’s recording of “I Remember You” from his 2013 record Eye of the Beholder and thought I needed to add another Jazz in Odd Meters post.

This isn’t the original recording, but the groove starts about 3 minutes in.  Here’s a rough lead sheet.  (As a side note, it’s interesting to compare the recorded version to the live version – Warfield’s phrasing is very similar in the two versions – the chromatic line from measure 10 into measure 11, and the phrasing in measures 27 and 28, are all very similar to the live version).

One other thing to point out about Warfield’s arrangment is the substitution of “Coltrane Changes” (key centers moving by descending M3) in the intro, a quick substitution in the first ending of the first “A” section, and again at the end, adding 6 bars to the length of the form.

Next up – another entry from the king of the odd meter cover: Brad Mehldau’s version of the Cole Porter tune “Anything Goes”.  I couldn’t find a YouTube video, but here it is on Grooveshark:


Mehldau puts a few very nice substitutions in here – I may end up making a lead sheet for this one.  Eventually.

And more Brad Mehldau – this time from the 2004 Harvey Mason album With All My Heart.  with a cover of the Antonio Carlos Jobim tune “Dindi”.  Enjoy!

From Kurt Elling’s 1998 album This Time It’s Love – “A Time For Love”.  It’s a little mellow for my taste, but still nice.

Although it really doesn’t qualify as a jazz standard, Joshua Redman’s cover of the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” is too good not to mention here.  This is from Redman’s 1998 release Timeless Tales (For Changing Times) which, to me,  is a classic (and also contains a great version of the Gershwin tune “Summertime”, mentioned in the Jazz in 7/4 post).

Finally, a tune while, not a jazz standard, ought to be.  This is a great composition by Dave Holland entitled “Processional”.  The version on YouTube is from the 2008 Dave Holland Sextet release Pass It On and is in F minor (though my favorite version to play along with is from the 1998 Bill Stewart record Think Before You Think and is in C minor.  It’s a 12-bar form and is very similar to a minor blues form.  Roughly, the changes are:

I  Fmin7        I     %        I       %       I     %    I

I  Db7(#11)  I        %      I    Fmin7   I     %    I

I  Gb7(#11)  I  E7(#11)  I  D7(#11)  I  C7alt  I


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