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Corey Kendrick Trio Album out 6/19/16 – shameless plug

So I try not to be too self-promotional on this site and stick mainly to transcriptions and musical matters, but I can’t help myself – I’m very excited.  My debut album, Rootless, is now available for pre-order via bandcamp with official release date of 6/19/16.

The album is also available at Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube ,etc. (I’ll update links as they become available).

If you’re in the Midwest, the Corey Kendrick Trio will be out touring this summer, playing at:

6/19/16 – Redstone Room – Davenport, IA – 6-8pm
6/19/16 – Rozz-Tox – Rock Island, IL
6/23/16 – Phog Lounge – Windsor, Ontario, CA
6/25/16 – Mexicains Sans Frontiers – Grand Rapids, MI
6/28/16 – Moriarity’s – Lansing, MI – 7-10pm
7/20/16 – Bop Stop – Cleveland, OH
8/26/16 – Kerrytown Concert House – Ann Arbor, MI

I’m still working on some more potential bookings, so an up-to-date listing of gigs is available at

I hope you’ll check out the music and let me know what you think!

End of shameless plug.


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:!/s/Anything+Goes/3HCCDV?src=5

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

Jazz in Odd Meters – Standards in 7/4 time

Part two of my “Standards In Odd Meters” posts, featuring my favorite recordings of standards in 7/4 time.

(Check out Part 1 – Standards in 5/4 time!)

Startin’ things off right with Joshua Redman’s version of “Summertime” from the fantastic Timeless Tales (For Changing Times) disc, which features Brad Mehldau on piano, Larry Grenadier on bass and Brian Blade on drums.  I found a live version on YouTube, shown below.  Enjoy!

Next up – Ryan Kisor’s version of “Song For My Father” from his album Donna Lee.   This great album features Sam Yahel on organ, Peter Bernstein on guitar, and Greg Hutchinson on drums.  Well worth a listen.  If the AAB form of the tune didn’t already lead to enough confusion, Kisor takes the “A” sections in seven and the “B” section in 8.  Very interesting.  Check it out on MySpace.

From Kurt Elling’s most recent CD, The Gate, a very cool cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Golden Lady”.  It’s not exactly a jazz standard, but definitely worth mentioning.  Hearing the tune in seven, it just sounds like it was supposed to be written that way.  Like “Song For My Father” it’s not in seven throughout, but it adds a cool effect.  The Gate is a solid album – certainly not my favorite Elling album – but solid nonetheless.

Next up, Brad Mehldau’s ridiculous version of “All The Things You Are” from The Art of the Trio, Vol 4.  Not much to say about this one – completely and totally ridiculous.  Also, a half step higher than the usual key.

From Robert Glasper’s In My Element, a swift version of Sam Rivers’ tune “Beatrice”.  Glasper has also added some interesting reharmonizations to the tune.  Check it out.  (And check out my lead sheet here!)

From Jacky Terrasson’s album Smile, an interesting version of “Parisian Thoroughfare”.  Enjoy!

Jazz in Odd Meters – Standards in 5/4 time

5 is the new 4.  Or is it “7 is the new 4”?  I can never remember.  I’ve been working on odd meters lately, 5/4 and 7/4 in particular, so I thought a list of my favorite odd-metered standards would make a good post.  I’d love to make a post of favorite odd-meter originals, but it would probably be dominated by Dave Holland tunes.

(Check out Part 2 – Standards in 7/4 time)

First off, from the exceptionally talented Esperanza Spaulding is “Body and Soul” (Cuerpo y Alma) in 5/4 time.   It features a fantastic bass riff (which is to be expected with Esperanza) and some great solo work by pianist Leo Genovese.

Next, a really hip version of “Like Someone In Love” also in 5/4 from the Sam Yahel trio (w. Peter Bernstein and Brian Blade).  For those who are unfamiliar with Sam Yahel, he is the organist/keyboardist from Joshua Redman’s burnin’ Elastic Band.  And if you’re unfamiliar with Joshua Redman’s Elastic Band, you need to check them out.  Yahel does the tune in Ab (instead of the traditional Eb) and it opens with a very cool diminished vamp.  Check it out below.

Next up – “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” from one of the masters of the odd meter – Brad Mehldau.  From Art Of The Trio Vol 1, a nice version in 5/4 time.

Check it out here

Next, from great Chicago saxophonist Geof Bradfield, “Con Alma”.  The A sections are in a quick 5/4 and the bridge is in a slower 4.  Taken from the album Urban Nomad which features fantastic Chicago-based pianist Ron Perillo.

Check it out here

Then, on to “So In Love” as played by the masterful Fred Hersch.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a full recording online, but it is from the album Night & The Music.

Here’s the track.

Lastly, check out Jacky Terrasson’s version of “Smile” by the great Charlie Chaplin.  Here’s a live take.