After a really busy stretch moving to Colorado and a very busy life I’m back to hosting a ToTM. When Mr PeeBee asked me to host this month, we talked about some ideas and were quite surprised to see it “missing” from the index, i.e. not called before on either thread.
Richard Rogers was a gifted composer who teamed with two very noted Lyricists in his career, Oscar Hammerstein and Lorenz Hart. Many of his best works have become Jazz Standards.
THe usual performacnce key is F, but you’ll hear it moved into other keys usually to fit vocalist ranges. The song structure is standard for the era (32 bars in an AABA form). The A section moves around just a little but stays fairly close to the tonality. The B section / bridge is a shift by major thirds from Bflat to D to F# to D. This is 20+ years before Giant Steps.
The song is performed at a number of tempos from:
Ella Fitzgerald ballad (~70bpm).
Ben Webster and Art Tatum (~80bpm)
Chet Baker moderate tempo (~160bpm)
Stan Getz uptempo (~220ish).. Bob Brookmeyer might be the trombonist on this track.
It’s a tune that just about every jazz player learns as part of their education.
Here’s the Concert Lead Sheet:
And the Bflat Lead Sheet:
Also the Eflat lead sheet:
I generated backing tracks out of iReal Pro at a number of tempos. It’s a great program for both Apple and Android
80bpm ballad with only 3 choruses cuz it feels slow.
120bpm slow swing tempo
160bpm medium swing
196bpm “slow” for uptempo.
I can generate other tempos easily in iReal Pro — or feel free to use your own.
Hope everyone enjoys this one. I’m in the learning phase on this (meaning I’ve got the melody not quite 100% on memorizing the chords).
I’ll try to record this tomorrow — off to a rehearsal in a few minutes.