September 3, 2010 in Jazz Standards
Just Friends is a very important standard. It was first written as a ballad, but Charlie Parker changed all of that with his “With Strings” recording. It is now played as an uptempo chart most of the time. It’s a fun tune with nice changes. It’s most commonly played in F or G, but the first chord starts on the IV (Bb in the key of F, C in the key of G). Even though F or G seem to be the most common keys, Parker, Stitt, and Woods all did it in Ab (below).
Just Friends play-along in G
Just Friends play-along in F
Just Friends-Charlie Parker with Strings
Sonny Stitt Plays Just Friends
Chet Baker Sings “Just Friends”
WDR Big Band Directed by Bill Holman-WOW! Jeff Hamilton, James Moody…
Masaru Uchibori Big Band-Toyko has some good jazz too! Quite the lead trumpet player.
Jimmy Raney and Cal Collins
Thelonious Monk Institute Class of 2007
Oliver Nelson, Art Farmer, Lee Konitz
Phil Woods-Bird’s arrangement
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