Category Archives: Backing Track

Bluesette – Backing Track – Playalong – Jazz Waltz – 147 bpm

Bluesette is probably the most famous Toots Thielemans song and certainly a jazz standard. Such a great take on a 3/4 Parker Blues with a few extra twists!

This is a great progression! A Belgian version of the Parker Blues and also in 3/4. I guess that is the Belgian part of it?

This song has a very nice way of travelling through a lot of keys and still end up home in a turnaround. Certainly one of my favourite waltzes, probably no 2 on the list 😀

Here’s my solo on the track:

 

Here are the changes:

Stella By Starlight – Backing Track – Playalong – Medium Up – 183 bpm

Stella By Starlight is probably one of the more complicated jazz standards. At the same time it is a very beautiful melody and the harmony is, even if a bit complicated, also very rich!

If you want to check out my solo on it you can do so here:

 

If you want to check out my analysis of the song you can do so here: 

And check out my other backing tracks:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u6wxqdUFQA&list=PLWYuNvZPqqcEKZdvb3Q2iKIMqiEVJFqcM&index=1

Night and Day – Backing Track – Playalong – Samba – 185 bpm

Here’s the backing track for Night and Day! One of my favourite Cole Porter pieces jam on. The progression has it all: bVImaj7, a nice variation on the II V I, #IVm7b5, IVm. You name it, it’s in there!

As I mentioned in the solo it also works great as a samba like I am playing it here.

 

If you want to check out my solo on it you can do so here:

And check out my other backing tracks: Here

 

Here are the changes I play:

Rhythm Changes – Backing Track – Medium Up – 188 bpm

Rhythm Changes – Backing Track

Rhythm Changes or I got rhythm is of course an essential progression to be familiar with if you want to play Bop inspired jazz.

There are so many great rhythm changes themes 🙂

 

My Solo on this track:

 

And here are the changes:

 

Backing tracks on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWYuNvZPqqcEKZdvb3Q2iKIMqiEVJFqcM

 

You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To – Backing track – Jazz Samba – 172 bpm

Latin backing track of You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To!

The form of the song is AB or ABAC form, so two times 16 bars.

This is one of the many tunes that starts out in the minor area of a key and then finally ends in major. In this case G minor and Bb major,

Cole Porter even keeps the suspense so long that he does not have the normal half ending in major. I think the only other song I know that does that is The Shadow Of Your Smile!

My Solo on this track:

Here are the changes I play:

 

More Backing tracks on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWYuNvZPqqcEKZdvb3Q2iKIMqiEVJFqcM

 

Yesterdays – Backing Track – Medium Swing – 138 Bpm

Yesterdays – Medium Swing Backing track

Yesterdays is a great song with some minor turnarounds and a long dominant chain! The 16 bar form is split in two where the first half is in Dm with some turnarounds and a line cliché. The second half is a dominant chain starting with an A7(b13) with the b13 in the melody.

The song is also a great vehicle for odd meters like 5/4 and 7/4. Scofield has a 7/4 song called last week on these changes.

Here’s my solo on the track:

And here are the changes I play over:

I’ll Remember April – Backing Track – Latin – 175 BPM

I’ll remember April Backing track!

Great combination of modal and changes in this song.

The form is ABA, the A parts have modal 4 bar G major and minor stretches and the B part is a series of II V I progressions.

The song is not too dificult in terms of the changes but offers some nice opportunities to play in different keys and also make longer melodic ideas on one chord.

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Here’s my solo on the track!

The changes I play can be found here: