It's good to be back after a brief two week hiatus. This week's modern jazz melody is inspired by Charlie Parker's tune "Chi-Chi," a bebop head written over an Ab blues. The line starts with an ascending arpeggio of perfect 4ths that immediately resolves to the 5th of Am7. This is followed by a short Am descending triad that anticipates the 3rd of Dm7 by a half a beat.
Next is a short burst of triplets that imply an E Major Triad over Dm7 (Dhalf-dim) and then outlines notes from a G7(#9,13). The line ends with an interesting circling of the 5th chord tone of CMaj7 followed by a repeated triplet motif.
I hope you enjoy transposing this melody through all twelve keys. Feel free to substitute any of the written left hand voicings for your own.
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-26-Mini-Etude-Jazz-Piano-Lesson.pdf