Lush Life – Full Harmonic Analysis

Here's a song by Billy Strayhorn that I've always loved and never fully analyzed until writing The Jazz Standards Progressions Book. I've been fascinated by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn compositions since the first time I heard an Ellington album, about thirty years ago. Since then I greatly enjoyed their rich harmonies, rhythmic vocabulary and... Continue Reading →

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100 Essential Jazz Standards

Since the release of The Jazz Standards Progressions Book where I analyzed 1000+ songs I have been asked many times for a list of essential jazz standards. I do not want to promote uniformity in repertoire nor do I believe in programatic lists. Jazz is a personal intuitive journey. What I do believe in is finding... Continue Reading →

Introduction to using mCircle

This is an introduction to the free online software (javascript app) from mDecks: mCircle located at http://www.mdecks.com/graphs/mcircle.php mCircle was created by Ariel J Ramos using his Decoding the Circle of Vths (fifths) method to analyze and study musical structures and subsets using a graphical approach. In this introduction we will use mCircle to find the answer... Continue Reading →

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