by Daniel Wallach
The two tunes for the next jam are Lullaby of Birdland by George Shearing/George Davis Weiss and Tenor madness by Sonny Rollins.
The form of Lullaby of Birdland is “AABA” 32-bar song form. When improvising on Lullaby of Birdland, one may take several approaches to playing the changes. The macro analysis of the chords suggest three bars of “F” minor followed by four bars of the relative major and a 2-5-1 back to “f” minor. The bridge is all about “Ab” major. The final “A” Is exactly like the first two. As one becomes more familiar with the individual chords, try to start incorporating the subtleties of the specific chord. Listen to the original recording from 1952 (The Definitive George Sherring):
Tenor Madness is a 12-bar blues in Bb. When beginning to improvise on the blues changes, it is fine to use the “blues scale.” This scale should be memorized and mastered. When one has progressed beyond using the “blues scale” remember the 12-bar blues does have a progression. Focus on the third to seventh chord relationship. Listen to (Tenor Madness) by Sonny Rollins: