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Bebop

Characterized by angular melodies and instrumental virtuosity. Source language of the modern jazz idiom.

Straight No Chaser

"Straight No Chaser" is a 12-bar blues head written by Thelonius Monk. It was first recorded on Monk's Blue Note Sessions in 1951. The song was originally written in Bb, but...

Tenor Madness

"Tenor Madness" is a Bb blues written by the great tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins.  It is also the title track of his hit record "Tenor Madness" which was recorded on May...

Anthropology

"Anthropology" was tune written by Charlie Parker. It is a bebop head based on the chord changes of George Gershwin's tune "I Got Rhythm".   There are MANY other tunes that use the same chord progression....

In Walked Bud

"In Walked Bud" is a tune written in 1947 by the great Thelonius Monk. The tune was written in tribute to pianist Bud Powell. Based of Irvin Berlin's tune "Blue Skies",...

Billie’s Bounce

"Billie's Bounce" is a 12 bar F blues written by Charlie "Bird" Parker. This is a great example of Bird's bebop style written over a blues. It is important to know the...

Dexterity

"Dexterity" is a bebop tune written by the great alto saxophonist Charlie Parker. Dexterity is based on "I Got Rhythm" changes in Bb. It's always good to have a handful of...

Confirmation

"Confirmation" is a bebop tune written by the great alto saxophonist Charlie Parker.  It has a considerably difficult head but a nice set of changes to blow over. This is a...

Yardbird Suite

Yardbird Suite was composed by Charlie Parker in 1946. The title refers to Parker's nickname known amongst his colleagues: Yardbird, or Bird. This is a great bebop standard to know! It...

Four

"Four" is a jazz standard most commonly played in Eb.  Four is an example of tune with dubious authorship; though it has been attributed to Miles Davis, it may be that alto saxophonist Eddie "Cleanhead"...

Moose the Mooche

Moose the Mooche was written by the bebop pioneer Charlie Parker. The composition was written shortly after Dizzy Gillespie left him to return to New York during a tour in Los...

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