All the Things You Are is a definite "must" in the jazz repertoire. Composed by Jerome Kern in 1939
for his last Broadway show Very Warm for May.
Lyrics by Hammerstein II. The show was a financial disaster (jazz
critics, you know). Nevertheless, this composition became one of the great standards. Take THAT you critics! (-;
So, whatever the critics said at the time (wow, over 70 years ago), everybody plays and records this tune still to this day. All serious jazz players know it and most of them have their little "personal take" on the song.
In a few words: this tune is fun to improvise on and is also a brilliant
composition. The effect created by the modulations (to remote keys) is
reminiscent of romantic music.
Because of its interesting features in melody, harmony and form, All the
Things You Are is played at all kinds of tempos and in many styles. Young musicians still play this tune quite a lot ... even in 3/4 feel! (-;
How about in "7" like Brad Meldhau?
Here are TWO distinct chord melody arrangements of the song:
Both melody PDFs contain:
-the leadsheet (chord symbols + melody),
-the chord melody arrangement (played in the video and audio here)
-a basic chord chart (basic guitar shapes for you to use.)
Audio Demonstration: EASY Chord Melody
Video Demonstration: Intermediate Chord Melody
This video is A.T.T.Y.A. jazz guitar chord melody (intermediate level) demonstrated, with some
improvisation. See the
PDF (with TABS) for the complete *intermediate* arrangement.
Pat Metheny's frantic version on his trio
album Trio->Live is still my favorite.
Fasten your seat belt! (There's also the Pat Metheny version from the
and Answers). Metheny also goes at it DUO with Jim Hall (MUST hear, it's incredible.)
Also check out pianists Keith Jarret (Standards Vol. I,
1983) and Brad Mehldhau (The Art of the Trio Vol. IV,
1999) for inspiration and ideas.