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Essential 'Blue Note' tunes to know for jazz jams

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by DaveBeny, Jun 18, 2004.


  1. DaveBeny

    DaveBeny

    Mar 22, 2000
    London, UK
    A question for all experienced jazz players:

    Which tunes from the classic Blue Note period would I be most likely to encounter at a jazz jam session? I am slowly working on jazz bass theory and technique (making SLOW progress!) and am currently able to get by on a few "simple" tune like 'Song for my Father' and Cantaloupe Island

    The tunes I currently have on my list to learn include:
    Song for my Father - Horace Silver
    Senor Blues - Horace Silver
    Cantaloupe Island - Herbie Hancock
    Dolphin Dance- Herbie Hancock
    Blue Bossa - Joe Henderson
    Recorda Me - Joe Henderson
    Moanin' - Art Blakey
    Blues Walk - Lou Donaldson
    Blue Train - John Coltrane
    The Sidewinder - Lee Morgan

    Any others that I ought to add to this list? Nothing too advanced/avant please! (ie. Andrew Hill, Dolphy, Cecil Taylor etc! ;) )
     
  2. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    That leaves me out.




    However-
    Chuck Sher's Real Book/Legal Vol 1(& maybe 2) has many tunes from the classic era of Blue Note.
    Many Horace Silver tunes...I would add "Nutville" to your list.
    Many Wayne Shorter tunes..."Footprints"(from Adam's Apple on Blue Note), "Witch Hunt", "Speak No Evil", etc


    Hancock's "Watermelon Man" is basic.

    Also from Lee Morgan's The Sidewinder..."Gary's Notebook" & "Totem Pole".
     
  3. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    If haven't got one yet, I highly recommend getting a Real Book. I prefer the "illegal" version over the one currently being published by Warner Bros/Sher, but that's just me. I like the selection of tunes in the old version better. The book is a bible of cool Jazz tunes to jam on. Just find the ones who's changes you can follow.
     
  4. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    Dang, you replied at the same time I did with almost the same thing.
     
  5. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    NYC
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    If you're sticking to Blue Note, you probably want to be current on
    STROLLIN -Horace Silver
    THIS I DIG OF YOU - Hank Mobley
    WHISPER NOT -Bennie Golson
    LAZYBIRD, MOMENT'S NOTICE - Trane
    DELUGE, EL GAUCHO - Wayne
    INNER URGE -Joe Henderson
    YES AND NO - Wayne via Blakey