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Jazz Ballads

Tunes characterized by lyrical melodies and slower tempos. Examples are Body and Soul and Naima.

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Body And Soul

"Body and Soul" is a popular tune written in 1930 by Johnny Green. This is one of the most commonly played jazz ballads of all time. It was first recorded by Jack...
Misty

Misty

"Misty" is a tune written in 1954 by Errol Garner. This ballad has become very popular both in and out of the jazz world. This song had a key role in...

My Funny Valentine

My Funny Valentine was written by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart (before there was Rogers and Hammerstein).  It's from "Babes In Arms,"  a 1937 musical from which the standards "Where or...

In A Sentimental Mood

"In A Sentimental Mood" is a ballad written by Duke Ellington. It was composed in 1935 and he recorded it with his orchestra that same year.  Lyrics were later written by...

Round Midnight

"'Round Midnight" is a tune written by the great innovative pianist Thelonious Monk. Monk claims that he composed Round Midnight when he was 18 and eight years later, Cootie Williams recorded...
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Georgia On My Mind

Georgia On My Mind was written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1930. Lyrics were written by Stuart Gorrell. It was first recorded in New York by Carmichael and his Orchestra with Bix...
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Autumn In New York

Autumn In New York was written by Vernon Duke in 1934 for the Broadway musical Thumbs Up.  Many jazz musicians went on to perform it including Billie Holiday and her iconic rendition. ...

Goodbye Porkpie Hat

Goodbye Porkpie Hat was written by the great bassist and composer Charles Mingus. It was first recorded on his iconic 1959 album Mingus Ah Um. The tune was written for the...

Blue In Green

"Blue In Green" is a ballad allegedly written by Miles Davis for his famous hit record "Kind of Blue". Though Miles has been given credit for the tune, it has long...
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I Fall In Love Too Easily

"I Fall In Love Too Easily" is a tune written by Jule Styne in 1944. Lyrics were written by Sammy Cahn. It was introduced to the world by Frank Sinatra in...

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