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SATIN DOLL Tritonic Reharmonization 

 

Satin Doll follows an A A B A form. I use the standard key of C major for this reharm. Most of the reharmonization uses the tritonic grouping C, E, and Ab. The Bb, Gb, D grouping begins the B section, but the II V I in D is presented in minor, and the D-7 returns to the key of C and its tritonic companions. This also maintains the up-a-whole-step movement in the original chart from bars one through four to bars five through eight of the B section.

I found that adjusting the melody in the A sections, by making the lower neighbor in the first four bars a half-step below instead of a whole-step below, smoothed out the melody-harmony relationships . They then function as chromatic approaches from below [ more ], viewing the C as a C6, and the A# - B on the Eb7 as 5, b13, or as a chromatic approach on an altered 5 chord.

There is a coda for this one. The melody repeats with the harmony for the tag. I also use the stock ending, but end on a Cmaj7#5 to bring out the G# as the continuation of the F - F# - G part of the line. Here are my changes:

A   C   |   F#-7   B7   |   E   G7   |   C   Eb7   |   Ab   B7   |   E   G7   |   C   Eb7   |   Ab   G7b9   ||
A   C   |   F#-7   B7   |   E   G7   |   C   Eb7   |   Ab   B7   |   E   G7   |   C   Eb7   |   Ab   G7b9   ||
B   C-7   F7   |   Bb   Db7   |   Gb   |   E-7b5   A7b9   |   D-7   G7   |   C   Eb7   |   Ab   B7   |   E   G7   ||
A   C   |   F#-7   B7   |   E   G7   |   C   Eb7   |   Ab   B7   |   E   G7   |   C   Eb7   |   Ab   G7b9   ||

The tag begins two bars before the end of the last A section as a coda, which follows:

Coda   C-7   F7   |   Bb-7   Eb7   ||   Ab   B7   |   E   G7b9   |   C-7   F7   |   Bb-7   Eb7   |   Ab   B7   |   E   G7b9   |   C   (stock ending)   Cmaj7#5   ||

The dominant chords should be altered according to the melody when playing the head in bars four (Eb7b13), five (B7b9), and six (G7b9) of the A sections, and bars two (Db7alt), six (Eb7alt), and seven (B7b9) of the B section.  Have fun!  [ top ]

 

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