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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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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...

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...

Prelude To A Kiss

"Prelude To A Kiss" is a ballad composed by the great Duke Ellington and Irving Mills in 1938. Lyrics were written by Irving Gordon. This is an absolutely beautiful melody and a...

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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But Beautiful

“But Beautiful” is a ballad written by Jimmy Van Heusen, with lyrics written by Jimmy Burke. It was introduced in the film “Road to Rio” in 1948. Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis was...
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...
Skylark

Skylark

"Skylark" is a tune written by the great Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The tune was written in 1941 and Johnny Mercer struggled for a year after he received...

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...
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...

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