Okay, so what are the best Bebop heads worth learning? Where do we see
some of these Bebop Scale phrases in heads? I'm looking through the
Real Book and not finding a lot of this. However, I'm not totally
positive about what people are considering Bebop. I've suggested to my
student some standard tunes that I know of, such as Oleo, Au Privave,
The Eternal Triangle, Ornithology, Anthropology, etc.
What's a good list of Bebop heads to learn some of these Bebop Scale
patterns? List of must-learn Bebop tunes? I don't see any of these
patterns and devices in say, Autumn Leaves or Just Friends.
Heads I have learned that have helped me slosh thru bebop language:
1. Hot House
5. Moment's Notice
6. Our Delight
7. Daahoud (sp?)
9. Half Nelson
Why not get the Omibook? All of Parker's heads plus a couple of
choruses of solos on each number to boot.
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I love Parker's blues heads though ... they really brought me to a
place where I was hearing the broader palette of tones available in
Bebop ... Cheryl remains one of my favourites, as well as Bloomdido.
Transpose that head in all 12 keys and I think you'll have a good idea
that the Hokey Pokey is not what it's all about...bebop is!
I am using an old book called modern Jazz. I found it used at a sale .
It has, what the book calls, over 250 progressive jazz numbers.
It looks old and may not be in print any more. if you can't find it
maybe I could email you some of them in jpeg form.
Ps lots of parker and others
For one thing, it's not like these guys were "using" the bebop scale in
the way we might think about it today. They were using the major and
minors scale, and tossing in some passing tones when it felt necessary.
Baker just codified this practice by putting names on particular
combinations of major and minor scales with passing tones. So one
shouldn't expect to see anything that looks quite as pat as Baker makes
it sound. Sure, beboppers used passing tones all the time, but in a way
MUCH more varied than would appear from learning a small set of fixed
Second, I think you'll find more use of this particular devices in
*solos* than in heads, simply because the heads don't tend to have quite
the same types of long streams of eighth notes in which these passing
tones are most effective. Heads are still great to learn to get a
general feel for the language in terms of phrasing and so forth, but if
you really need to see a lot of examples of people using passing tones
in the way Baker describes, look at the solos in the Omnibook (or
transcribe a few yourself). Personally, I don't feel the concept of
adding passing tones to one's lines is so hard to grasp that it really
requires examples in order to be able to do so oneself. Sure you might
come up with something slightly *different* from the ways Bird et all
used passing tones. As far as I am concerned, that's a *good* thing.
> What's a good list of Bebop heads to learn some of these Bebop Scale
> patterns? List of must-learn Bebop tunes? I don't see any of these
> patterns and devices in say, Autumn Leaves or Just Friends.
Neither of those are bebop tunes. Both are pop tunes of the era that
happened to be played by jazz musicians. You need to be looking at
tunes actually written by jazz musicians - and in particular, ones in a
bebop style. The starting place for this would be tunes you actually
have recordings of. And if you don't have any recordings of bebop, then
THAT'S the first step - you have no hope of playing in a style you don't
listen to a lot already.
That said, again, actual tunes don't tend to use the passing tones in
the particular way described by Baker as much as solos do.
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"Rich D." <jazzs...@email.com> wrote in message
Straight no chaser
Those are common, wll played heads of bebop. Mostly Partker. There are
many others. These will keep you busy for
A lot of them contain the language phrases that Baker talks about suitable
for using as building blocks as he describes.
btw, in Bakers book, he lists the bebop tunes to learn. It's a long list!
all the best
"Keith Freeman" <smtp.cablewanadoo.nl> wrote in message
This book has no markings not even a publisher
Actually, I'm looking at the book right now, and ain't nothing showing
a list of bebop tunes to learn. Thanx for your list, though!
Do you mean bakers book ?
> Actually, I'm looking at the book right now, and ain't nothing showing
> a list of bebop tunes to learn. Thanx for your list, though!
Baker's Bebop Volume 3 has the list of tunes based on the most common
sets of changes.
That explains it. I only have Vol. 1 + 2.