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“Black Nile” is a tune composed by tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter. It was composed and recorded for his 1964 album “Night Dreamer”. I highly suggest checking out “Night Dreamer” if you haven’t already. It’s an influential record with an all-star quintet: Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, and Reggie Workman.

 

“Black Nile” has an AABA form, the A sections centering around Dm and the B section centering around Eb major. Be sure to check out the original recording to learn the hits, especially during the intro.

Videos to learn the melody/changes

Brent Vaartstrahttp://www.brentvaartstra.com
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for learnjazzstandards.com which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."

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