Ovals – Jimmy Raney
An elegant medium-up song with a 40-measure AABCD form. A transcription of Jimmy Raney's solo is available as well as a condensed score showing the guitar/piano/bass trio arrangement.
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- Recording: Jimmy Raney - Wisteria
- Recorded on: December 30, 1985
- Label: Criss Cross Jazz (1019)
- Concert Key: No key center
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Guitar - Jimmy Raney
- Piano - Tommy Flanagan
- Bass - George Mraz
Solos use slightly different changes from the head, with resolutions in different places—for example Emaj7 in the 7th measure instead of B♭m7-E♭7.
Click on the Guitar Corner tab for a description of the Concert Condensed Score.
In 1990 Jimmy Raney recorded again with bassist George Mraz on his album "But Beautiful", in a trio setting with drummer Lewis Nash. This was Jimmy's last recording as a leader. Check out Blues Cycle and Elegy For Ray Parker from this session.
In the B and C sections the guitar continues the melody, this time with a piano countermelody "dancing" around the melody over bass walking. D returns to the guitar/bass octave melody.
Piano comping rhythms and notable walking bass lines are shown, as they are consistent in the in and out heads and complement the melody.
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...