Elegy For Ray Parker – Jimmy Raney
A heartfelt ballad, written by Jimmy Raney in tribute to a longtime friend. Transcriptions are available both for Jimmy's solo guitar melody and his solo.
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- Recording: Jimmy Raney - But Beautiful
- Recorded on: December 5, 1990
- Label: Criss Cross Jazz (1965)
- Concert Key: C
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Ballad
- Guitar - Jimmy Raney
- Bass - George Mraz
- Drums - Lewis Nash
As with most Jimmy Raney songs, the harmonies are mostly based on II-V7s. There are modulations into several keys in the two A sections: E♭ toward the end of the first A, and G♭ and A in the second. A descending series of dominant chords in quarter notes appears several times, starting with the last measure of the first A and stated again on the third measure of both the second A and C.
On this recording, Jimmy plays the head unaccompanied and rubato. The bass and drums come in on his solo chorus. After a chorus of bass solo, he plays the first half of the head out, stopping at the end of the second A section.
Jimmy Raney wrote a solo piano arrangement (coming soon); the melody as shown in our lead sheet is based on this arrangement.
For another from this session check out Blues Cycle.
Our C lead sheet, informed by Raney's own manuscript, features the basic melody and harmony that he embellishes in the trio recording, making it a great resource to learn how Raney improvises off of written material. In addition, our transcription of Raney's solo guitar melody is a masterclass in chord melody playing.
Guitarists should take note of Raney's effortless ability to clearly phrase the melody above the voicings he plays.
August 20, 1927 – May 9, 1995
Jimmy Raney was one of the most fluent and deft bebop players of all time, having assimilated the language of musicians such as Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, and Dizzy Gillespie in such a thorough manner that pianist Barry Harris, one of the world’s foremost bebop masters, once remarked that “Man this cat (Jimmy Raney) plays like Yard (Charlie Parker)!”’ Read more...