Charlie Parker Blues For Alice Analysis

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‘Blues For Alice’ is a jazz standard composed by a American jazz saxophonist called Charlie Parker. This jazz standard is a 12 Bars Blues form but it is a modified version of Blues in the key of F major. Instead of normal 12 Bars Blues progression of just using I, IV and V chords, Charlie Parker composed it through a lot of ii - V sequences. For melody lines, Charlie Parker’s famous Bebop tune was used, as well as arpeggios, syncopation and also anticipation. These make Blues For Alice famous from its melody sounds, and also used for practicing as Bebop etude and ii-V progression. Today, I will perform ‘Blues For Alice’ with piano and accompanied by Elishama Zikri Abit (bass guitar) and Ting Chee Wei (drums). The performance start with a joyful …show more content…
This piece will be ended with melody using pentatonic scale of Bb major and the chords progression of ‘turn around’ in score. ‘Don’t Get Around Much Anymore’ is a jazz standard composed by Duke Ellington in 1940. This piece was originally called "Never No Lament" but after lyrics by Bob Russell, a new title were added in 1942. This is a joyful piece that consist of 3 sections: A, B and C with mostly repeat the phrase of the first 8 bars of the piece in section A and C. The repetition of the 8 bars phrase and also some kicks of chromatically chords make this piece special and interesting. Although this piece looks simple, it can be widely improvise by jazz musicians through the simple chords, ii V I progression and the most important, the sectional melody. I will perform this piece in piano solo. At first, i will play the 8 bars phrase two times in different octave in section A and then play through melody of section B and C and enter my solo. My solo form will be two times the main melody (section A, B and C), back to melody of section A, solo again in the form of section B and then end with melody of section C. Throughout the piece, i will play the walking bass of half note and fourth note that mostly in section B and my solos, this make the piece sounds more grooving and

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