It Don't Mean a Thing Chord Structure (Pettiford vs DJango)
I play upright with a Gypsy Jazz group that plays Django tunes and other period 1920-1930 music.
I have a few versions of the chord charts for this tune (see attached).
In the Pettiford version it is more of a swing jazz tune, which I get but what I don't get is that in the second bar it goes:
C7 | F#7 | F7 | B♭ D7
In the Django version it goes:
C7 | F7 | B♭ | B♭ D7
And the melody is of course Bflat,Bflat,Bflat,Bflat,Bflat,Bflat.
The Pettiford version is based on Monk's recording so it has some nice touches and some great harmony with the chords and the piano. My take on the Django version is that it is not so much a swing tune, closer to bop or a charleston rag.
Either way it is the F# that really throws me. I play it and I just don't hear it. Any thoughts would be most appreciated. Perhaps I should look at the original chart from Ellington.
Thanks for your support.
Last edited by simon_dad_bass : 09-11-2012 at 11:07 AM.