B section of Body and Soul

AvalonAvalon New

I am a gypsy newbie and understand that the Body and Soul changes as given in the Real Book are not typical of the way gypsy jazzers play the B section of the tune. Django played much simpler changes. My question is this: How are the B section changes typically played in a gypsy jam? My interest is in the first 4 bars of B specifically. Django just plays 3 or 4 bars of a I6 to V7 cadence. What do you play there?


  • spatzospatzo Virtuoso
    edited August 2022 Posts: 768

    Personnally I really never have heard "Body & Soul" played in a gypsy jam (not even mentionned)...

    I usually play what django played:

    [E6/9 B9][E6/9 B9][E6/9 B9][E6/9]

    Otherwise a good solution is a combination of a strong diatonic progression ending with fifths:

    [E7M F#m7][G#m7 Am7(D7)][E6 B7][E7M B7b9]

    Let's see of course the Coleman Hawkins famous version:

    [E7M F#m7][G#m7 Am7][G#m7 C#7 F#m7 B7][E7M ]

    or Wes Montgomery in double time version:

    [E7M ][F#m7][G#m7][Am7 D7][G#m7 C#7][F#m7 B7][E7M ][% ]

    or in single time version:

    [E7M F#m7][G#m7 / Am7 D7][G#m7 C#7 F#m7 B7][E7M ]

    What about Joe Pass?

    [E7M F#m7][G#m7 Am7][B7 ][E7M]

    Maybe you can also try the reverse solution that Oscar Peterson uses:

    [E7M Am7][G#m7 / F#m9 F9#11][E7M A7M G#m7-Gm7 F#m7-B13 b9][E7M B7b9]

    Or maybe with Coltrane changes...

    [E7M F#m7][G#m7 / Am7 D7][E7M G7 C7M Eb7][Ab7 B7 E7M /]


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    @spatzo that is amazing

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  • AvalonAvalon New
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    Thanks @spatzo. I like them all! I heard it played at a jam (I wasn’t a participant) a couple months ago. I loved the variety it lent to the jam. I have also heard it played in San Francisco at a club performance. I absolutely love ballads a la pompe.

  • wimwim ChicagoModerator Barault #503 replica
    edited August 2022 Posts: 1,457

    We played this occasionally back in Melbourne because one of the sax player on the scene liked it. We played simple changes. 1930 versions which I guess Django may have heard are also on simple changes (jack hylton , louis armstrong, so I guess it is more a case of modern players complicating it than the hot club simplifying it.

    Spatzo I assume that Gm7 was just a typo, sounds a bit odd (should be G#m7?)

  • spatzospatzo Virtuoso
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    Yes, I corrected it, tks!

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    Here's how these guys play it, Paris Jazz Sessions

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  • wimwim ChicagoModerator Barault #503 replica
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