July 28, 2010 in Jazz Standards
This standard is the basis for another standard, Bird’s composition Scrapple from the Apple. Bird took the A section of these changes and made a “contrafacts” out of it, or a new melody over the changes to a jazz standard. This is one of the most common standards you must know as a jazz musician. The charismatic Fats Waller released Honeysuckle Rose with lyricist Andy Razaf in 1929 for “Load of Coal,” a musical revue, or variety show.
The bridge of Honeysuckle Rose is NOT a rhythm changes release. A release is a III7 VI7 II7 V7, whereas this bridge of Honeysuckle Rose is I7 IV7 II7 V7. Charlie Parker’s head, Scrapple from the Apple, by contrast, uses a plain old release over the bridge. Other than that, both tunes use the same chord changes.
Honeysuckle Rose .pdf-with the Ella/Basie Recording’s changes
Other ubiquitous changes-These changes are very common, with the walk-up (F to A, Bb, B, C) in the bass.
Honeysuckle Rose Play Along
Honesuckle Rose Recordings
Fats Waller Sings His Own Composition, Honeysuckle Rose. He’s such an amazing performer!
Ella Fitzgerald Sings Honeysuckle Rose
Whew! Swingin’. Unbelievable! I started dancing in my chair when I heard this one. Which makes sense-the band is Count Basie!
Anita O’Day. I love from 2:00 to 2:10. She’s so incredibly aware of the band, she really knows how to front a group. She also made and small mistake early in the tune with the lyrics, and recovered like a true pro. She reverses the order of the second A section, which is actually: “when you’re passing by, flowers droop and sigh.”
Andre Previn-in F#! It may be the tape they recorded to, but it appears to be in F# instead of F.
Susie Arioli-I actually hadn’t heard of her until stumbling on this clip. I like the sound. Kind of western swing thing going on, and she plays a mean snare while she sings!
Floyd Pepper and Zoot Perform “Honeysuckle Rose”
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