Modal

Jazz characterized by musical modes rather than traditional harmony. One classic example is So What.

Inner Urge

"Inner Urge" was written by the great tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson. It was composed for his hit 1965 record also entitled Inner Urge. Henderson describes the inspiration of this tune coming...

Speak No Evil

"Speak No Evil" is a tune written by Wayne Shorter for his 1964 hit record also entitled "Speak No Evil". This is a great example of a tune that combines functional and...

Serenity

"Serenity" is a tune written by the great tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson. It was first recorded on his 1964 album "In n' Out". This song has an unusual form of 14...

JuJu

"JuJu" is a tune written by Wayne Shorter for his 1964 hit record "JuJu". This is an absolutely great tune and one that is important to know in regards to Shorter repertoire. This...

Milestones (Modal)

"Milestones" is a tune written by Miles Davis. It appears on his 1958 record "Milestones". This tune is NOT to be confused with the tune "Milestones" written by John Lewis prior...

Little Sunflower

"Little Sunflower" is a tune written by the great trumpeter Freddie Hubbard off of his 1967 album "Backlash". This is a modal tune based around the key of D minor, venturing into...

Dolphin Dance

"Dolphin Dance" is a tune written by pianist Herbie Hancock. This tune was recorded on Hancock's hit 1965 record "Maiden Voyage". Maiden Voyage is a very important record in jazz and...

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum

"Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum" is a well known tune by Wayne Shorter off of his 1964 Blue Note release "Speak No Evil".  If you don't have this record, this is a must have! It...

Beatrice

"Beatrice" is a tune written by the famous jazz musician and composer Sam Rivers who passed away in December of 2011. Sam Rivers was a very prominent and influential jazz artist...

Impressions

Impressions was written by John Coltrane. The changes are identical to Miles Davis' tune So What. Trane recorded "So What" with Miles on Miles' classic, best-selling jazz album "Kind of Blue"...

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