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That Famous Duke Ellington I-II7-ii7-V7-I Chord Progression
Which is just about my favorite thing ever - "Take the A Train," "Solitude," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," and dozens upon dozens of others – these chords never get old. This is just me vamping and trying it out with 'em.
The Smoke Alarm Sessions, cont'd. I've been learning Caravan. I love the way Ellington did it a lot. Nowadays so many people play it very straight ahead, & I think that gets boring. So we experimented. At first Barry tried to put a funk beat behind it, but I'm not sure about it. On the second chorus I was thinking that since I've been to Egypt I should use that as inspiration to experiment with different melodies. I think in the future I'll probably take that a lot further, I kind of liked the feel. So, we'll see.