Misty is yet
another great jazz ballad from the standard repertoire. It was written
by pianist Errol Garner
in 1954 as an instrumental (Johnny Burke later added
lyrics.) It has a
poignant melody, simple chords and a
straight-ahead 32-bar form.
Much like Body and Soul,
this song includes
lots of "common" traits (present
in most jazz standards).
Working on such obvious harmonic movement (ie.
going the the IV major then the IV minor) should improve your jazz
playing in general.
Plus: because of the key it's in, Misty lends itself very well to some of the most typical guitar chords we hear in Jazz. One more good reason to have a little fun with the tune!
Audio Demonstration: Chord Melody
Voila ... the arrangement from the PDF above is performed in this audio demonstration. I decided to play it rubato (without a strict tempo) and take liberties from time to time. Nevertheless this should give you a pretty good idea of what chord structures are used in the PDF. Have fun with it! :-)
Garner's original 1954 recording (on the album "Contrasts"), Joe Pass' version
and also a most recent (my favorite) by pianist Oliver Jones in 2008.