Happy Summer Solstice! For many of you that means plenty of time spent poolside in the hot sun. Why not memorize a line and sing it through all 12 keys while relaxing outside away from your instrument?
This line starts simply by outlining the 7-1-3 notes of the C Major7 chord. We then hit the Eb over the Am (vi) chord which implies a A half-dim sound. The dissonance is quickly dissipated by jumping to the ninth note of the chord. You'll hear another implied half-diminished sound over the Dm7 (ii) chord with the note Ab being used instead of A. The line finishes with an embellishment of an A Major triad over C Major.
You may want to watch my Introduction to Modern Jazz Lines 21-30 before continuing with this lesson.
You can find my complete collection of Modern Jazz Line "How to Improvise" playlists below. You may want to review these lessons before continuing with the series. They will give you an excellent introduction to voicing and improvising over the ii-V-I progression.
Modern Jazz Line #1-10 - The "ii-V-I" Progression
Video Jazz Piano Lesson Playlist (YouTube)
Sheet Music Collection for Jazz Piano Lesson (1-10)
Blog Posts for Modern Jazz Line #1-10
Modern Jazz Line #11-20 - The Tri-Tone Substitution
Video Jazz Piano Playlist (YouTube)
Sheet Music Collection for Jazz Piano Lesson (11-20)
Blog Posts for Modern Jazz Line #11-20
Sheet Music: Modern-Jazz-Line-25-Summer-Solstice-Jazz-Piano-Line.pdf