1 part3 pages03:394 months ago485 views
A modal jazz masterpiece never recorded by its composer. The first recording, made in 1958 by Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans, was significantly slower than the arrangement Evans played with his trios through the years.

Here's an essay on the tune by a writer who happens to be a jazz fan with a 'Nardis' obsession:

Jazz pianist and educator Kent Hewitt has a short free tutorial on soloing over the 'Nardis' changes here:

Another 'Nardis' video lesson, this time from guitarist
Mikko Hilden, is here:

Don t Take Your Love from Me

1 part3 pages08:104 months ago261 views
Henry Nemo's 1940 ballad "Don't Take Your Love from Me" has been recorded by saxophone giants John Coltrane (in 1958), Ike Quebec (on his 1962 masterpiece "Blue & Sentimental"), Coleman Hawkins (1958), and Johnny Hodges (also in 1958). It's also been recorded by bandleaders Artie Shaw and Stan Kenton, pianists Errol Garner and Earl Hines, and many other jazz artists.

Singers who have recorded this ballad include Jimmy Scott, Etta James, Frank Sinatra, and Mildred Bailey, who introduced the song to the world.

Essential versions are those by Hodges, Quebec, James, and Scott, who all wring all the emotion out of this somewhat simple song.

How Am I to Know?

1 part3 pages05:464 months ago190 views
Song writer Jack King was a child piano prodigy, giving concerts starting at age 7, and he later worked in vaudeville and night clubs in addition to working behind the scenes as a composer and tunesmith. "How Am I to Know", probably his best known tune, was written when he was 26, and it appeared in the 1929 film 'Dynamite', fairly early in the sound film era. The famous essayist and critic Dorothy Parker write the words.

"How Am I to Know" has been recorded by Miles Davis (on his first LP with John Coltrane, in 1955), pianist Bill Evans, and singers Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra (with Tommy Dorsey), and Shirley Horn, among many others. For fans of bebop and jazz guitar, the Red Norvo Trio featuring Tal Farlow recorded a great version of this tune in 1955 for Fantasy with an absolutely smoking Tal Farlow guitar solo (Fantasy Records, "Red Norvo with Strings").

The tune can be played as a ballad, as a mid-tempo swinger, or even with a Latin groove (as Shirley Horn did on her great arrangement from 1992's "Here's to Life").

Only the Lonely

1 part5 pages10:444 months ago278 views
A Jimmy Van Heusen ballad from 1958. Recorded by Shirley Horn, Diana Krall, Aretha Franklin, and some guy named Frank something-or-other.

Instrumental jazz versions recorded by Keith Jarrett, Count Basie, James Moody, JJ Johnson, Mark Whitfield, and Bill Charlap.

Embraceable You [includes verses]

1 part9 pages22:085 months ago370 views
This is a sort of 'meta-chart' put together to document several published variations on the chords to 'Embraceable You' and illustrate how some jazz / traditional pop standards don't have a single set of agreed-upon chord changes. Even the 'simple changes' in the published versions that offer both simple and altered chord changes do not always agree. This song is played by a wide variety of musicians, both as an uptempo swinger and as a torchy ballad.

Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Art Tatum and Django Reinhardt all recorded noteworthy versions of this tune. It's been recorded by hundreds of other artists as well.

I'll See You In My Dreams

1 part3 pages04:545 months ago549 views
A jazz-age hit, recorded by Fletcher Henderson, Django Reinhardt, Anita O'Day, and many others. Composed and originally recorded by Isham Jones, who also composed "There Is No Greater Love" and "It Had to Be You." This song spent 7 weeks at the top of the music charts in 1925.

Lead sheet includes verses and alternate chord changes.