During the 2017/18 school year we will select one song from the standard jazz repertoire to study in depth. We will use this song to work on Tone, Time, Triads, Technique, & Ear Training. Each month I will upload various exercises that we will work in in class during our warmup period. Please print out the appropriate sheets for your instrument.
All the Things You Are
composed by Jerome Kern
"All the Things You Are" is a song composed by Jerome Kern, with lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II.
The song was written for the musical Very Warm for May (1939),] introduced by Hiram Sherman, Frances Mercer, Hollace Shaw, and Ralph Stuart. It later appeared in the film Broadway Rhythm (1944), and was performed during the opening credits and as a recurring theme for the romantic comedy A Letter for Evie (1945). It also appeared in the 2005 film Mrs. Henderson Presents starring Judi Dench.
The song ranked in the top five of the Record Buying Guide of Billboard, a pre-retail listing which surveyed primarily the jukebox industry. Recordings by Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, and Frankie Masters propelled the song during its initial popularity.
Walking Bass Line
Time is of the Essence, it really trumps everything else.
You could have a player with the best technique, an amazing harmonic concept and beautiful tone but if they do not have a solid time feel would you want to listen to them?
There is no escaping the basics of time, if they are not covered everything else you know is worthless.