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GREEN DOLPHIN STREET Tritonic Reharmonization 


Green Dolphin Street follows an A B A C form. I use the standard key of C major for the melody of this reharm. There is a repeating sequence of chord changes moving from the key of C to the key of Ab, followed by a II - V sequence into Eb, which is also used for the vamp. The vamp can serve as an intro, tag, and transition from head to solos, or even between solos. Nine of twelve keys are used, with the tritonic group A, Db, F being the only one missing.

I had to tweak the melody in small ways, with no change in rhythmic approach. In bar two of both A sections, the E becomes an Eb. In the second A section, the Db in bar six is changed to a C. The reharm assumes that the melody matches the version of the original in the A sections where a full measure of the chord D in bar five is followed by a full measure of the chord Db in bar six, with the Ab melody note sounding on the downbeat of bar six. 

The fine is on the Eb in the seventh bar of the C section, unless you want to return to the vamp as an outro. Here are my changes:

Vamp   ||:   C   Eb7   |   Ab   B+7   |   G-7   C7   |   F-7   Bb7   :||  
Turnaround to A section   ||   Eb   |   Ab-7   Db7   ||

A   Gb   |   C-7   F7   |   Bb   Db7   |   Gb   A7b9,13   |   D   |   Ab-7   Db7   |   C   Eb7   |   Ab   B+7   ||
B   G-7   C7   |   F-7   Bb7   |   Eb   |   C#-7   F#7   |   Bmaj7#5   |   F-7   Bb7b9,13   |   Eb   |   D-7   G7b9,13   ||
A   C   Eb7   |   Ab   B+7   |   E*   |   F-7   Bb7   |   Eb   F#7#9,13   |   B   D7#9,13   |   G   F7   |   E7#9   Eb7   ||
C   Abmaj7#5   |   D-7   G7b9,13   |   C   Eb7   |   Ab   B+7   |   G-7   C7   |   F-7   Bb7   |   Eb   |   Ab-7   Db7   ||

*The E can be replaced by G-7 C7 to maintain the pattern of the vamp changes, in heads, solos or both.

During the solos, the altered 9,13 tensions are dropped from the 7th chords, except in the last bar of the second A (E7#9). The augmented chords are true augmented chords, having natural 9 and sharp 11 as tensions, and the whole tone scale as a chord scale. Have fun!  [ top ]



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