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Jazz Ballads

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

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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I Should Care

I Should Care appeared in the movie "Thrill of a Romance" in 1945. The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra played recorded the tune for the original movie. "I Should Care" is a really...

Lover Man

"Lover Man" is a tune written in 1941 by Jimmy Davis, Roger ("Ram") Ramirez, and James Sherman. The tune was originally written for vocalist Billie Holiday. Charlie Parker did his own rendition...

Ask Me Now

"Ask Me Now" is a classic ballad written by Thelonius Monk. The tune tends to center around the key of Db major, however, there is no key indicated on the chord charts...
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Angel Eyes

"Angel Eyes" was written by Matt Dennis in 1941. The lyrics were written by Earl Brent. This tune was first featured in the 1953 film "Jennifer", and has become a popular...
Smile

Smile

Smile was written by the actor, filmmaker, and composer Charlie Chaplin. It was first used as an instrumental piece in Chaplin's 1936 film "Modern Times", and lyrics were later written by...
My-Ideal

My Ideal

"My Ideal" is a tune written by Richard Whiting, Leo Robin and Newell Chase. This a beautiful ballad that has been performed and recorded by some of the greatest in jazz, both...
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The Shadow of Your Smile

The Shadow of Your Smile was written by Johnny Mandel with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. This piece was composed by Mandel for the 1965 film The Sandpiper, and consequently the...

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...
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You Don’t Know What Love Is

"You Don't Know What Love Is" was written by Gene De Paul and Don Raye in 1941. It was composed for the 1941 film "Keep em' Flying", however it was dropped...

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