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.
The form is AABA, where the last A has a tag of an extra 4 bars. The song is here in F major. A few things that are special to this song is the #IV in the 2nd bar and that it uses IV IVm to go back to the tonic in bars 5-6 of the A part, so there’s no strong cadence back using a dominant.
Another key feature is the elegant series of modulations in the Bridge taking a trip from Bb to D major and then via C major back to F in the last A.
What is you favourite version of this song?
I think the Tom Harrel/Heyn van der Geyn/Phillipe Catherine is mine? or maybe Chet Baker?
George Gershwins Summertime is certainly one of the most famous jazz standards ever written!
It’s a great 16 bar form that lends itself to both bluesy and more jazzy minor sounds. Summertime is also the chord progression that Wes Montgommery wrote Four on Six on. His version is decorated with a constant II V movement which is typical for the Hard Bop era chord progressions.
I play the song in G major, which is probably the most common key for the tune. This Medium up tempo is also quite common and fits well with the bebop theme written on this
This classic American songbook tune How High the Moon is a ABAC or 16-16 form song. The main point of interest is the use of switching from major to minor to modulate a whole step down.
How High The Moon is also the chord progression used for Ornithology though some chords in the Parker tune are changed into dominants. Coltrane also made a Giant Steps version of this called Satellite.