Rhythm Changes

Discussion in 'Ask Michael Dimin' started by battousai, May 26, 2005.

  1. battousai


    Sep 3, 2004
    Nashville, TN
    Hi, Mike! I was wondering what it means when someone asks you to play "Rhythm Changes" in jazz. Does this literally mean changes in the rhythm or does it mean some kind of chord progression?
  2. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    It is, loosely, the chord progression from the composition I GOT RHYTHM by Georgianne Ira Gerswhin. There are COUNTLESS variations/reharms.
  3. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"

    Originally the chord changes to "I Got Rhythm". It has gone through various incarnations, reharmonizations with different melodies thrown on top. Everything from Cahrlie Parker's Anthropology to the Theme from The Flintstones is based on these changes ... hence "Rhythm Changes"

    If you're interested in playing chords on the bass, my book, "The Chordal Approach" has a detailed look into Rhythm Changes, the different reharmonizations, etc.