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Brian Johns

Backing Tracks for Jazz Improvisation

     Here are a few tunes for working on playing melodies or improving your soloing chops.  Of course, these “standards” have been recorded many times by many people.  The tempos chosen were based upon early recordings and then placed about 20% slower.  The original “concert” key selected was determined by the key generally used in various editions of the “Real Book.”

      Also, included:

  • An mp3 rendering in either “C Major” or “A Minor” each tune.
  • An mp3 with 4 – 8 choruses (repeats) for each tune and key.
  • An mp3 for each tune and key featuring either a trio or larger ensemble for the soloist.
  • An mp3 for each tune and key featuring only bass and drums for the “comping” player, piano or guitar.
  • An improvisation or chord/scale guide for all included tunes and keys – a basic theory analysis.
  • Key signatures have been purposely omitted to clarify the scale content.

Tune/Concert Key

Artist

Tempo/# Choruses

“Blue Bossa” - C Minor (org.)

Joe Henderson

@ 120 BPM (8 Choruses)

Chord/Scale Guide 
48.7 KB

Band mp3 

Bass/Drums mp3

“Blue Bossa” – A Minor

Joe Henderson

@ 120 BPM (8 Choruses)

Chord/Scale Guide 
48.8 KB

Band mp3

Bass/Drums mp3

“Solar” – C Minor (org.)

Miles Davis

@ 120 BPM (8 Choruses)

Chord/Scale Guide
46.2 KB

Trio mp3

Bass/Drums mp3

“Solar” – A Minor

Miles Davis

@ 120 BPM (8 Choruses)

Chord/Scale Guide
46.0 KB

Trio mp3

Bass/Drums mp3

“Just Friends” – G Major (org.)

Charlie Parker

@ 110 BPM (4 Choruses)

Chord/Scale Guide
59.9 KB

Trio mp3

Bass/Drums mp3

“Just Friends” - C

Charlie Parker

@ 110 BPM (4 Choruses)

Chord/Scale Guide
59.9 KB

Trio mp3

Bass/Drums mp3

“How High The Moon” – G Major (org.)

Ella Fitzgerald

@ 120 BPM (4 Choruses)

Chord/Scale Guide
59.3 KB

Trio mp3

Bass/Drums mp3

“How High The Moon” – C Major

Ella Fitzgerald

@ 120 BPM (4 Choruses)

Chord/Scale Guide
59.5 KB

Trio mp3

Bass/Drums mp3


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