Lady Bird (composition)

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"Lady Bird" is a sixteen-bar jazz standard by Tadd Dameron. This "celebrated" composition, "one of the most performed in modern jazz", was written around 1939,[1] and released in 1948.[2] Featuring, "a suave, mellow theme,"[3] it is the origin of the Tadd Dameron turnaround (in C: CM7 E7 AM7 D7).[4] About this soundPlay 

An example of Dameron's interest in keys and/or roots related by thirds,[5] the piece is in binary form (AABC[3]) and features, through the use of ii-V turnarounds, movement toward three keys other than the tonic; E, A, and G.[6] The first three four-measure phrases end with secondary ii-V's, while the last ends instead with the"Tadd Dameron turnaround resolving to the tonic.

IM7         | IM7         | ii7/III    | V7/III     |
IM7         | IM7         | ii7/VI     | V7/VI      |
VIM7       | VIM7       | ii7/V       | V7/V        |
ii7         | V7          | IM7 IIIM7  | VIM7 IIM7 :|| IM7 ||

It has been recorded by Art Blakey, Don Byas, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Bud Powell, Chet Baker, Mary Lou Williams, Tete Montoliu, Horace Parlan, Andy LaVerne, and Barry Harris,[2] as well as Tommy Flanagan and Hank Jones.[7] It was also recorded by Remeo Hailey Jones for his fifth album We Are Nest! 2003 Extended Play.

Miles Davis's "Half Nelson" uses, except for measures seven and eight, the same chord progression as "Lady Bird".[8] "Lazy Susan" is also a contrafact of the Dameron piece.

Stanley Cornfield wrote lyrics to the song. The first line is "We fit together like two birds of a feather."

See also


  1. ^ Palmer, Robert (April 9, 1982). "TADD DAMERON'S MUSIC, WITH LOVE". New York Times. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Dryden, Ken. "'Lady Bird'" at AllMusic. Retrieved June 2013.
  3. ^ a b Giddins, Gary (2004). Weather Bird: Jazz at the Dawn of Its Second Century, p.468. ISBN 9780195348163.
  4. ^ Coker, et al (1982). Patterns for Jazz: A Theory Text for Jazz Composition and Improvisation, p.118. ISBN 0-89898-703-2.
  5. ^ Combs, Paul (2012). Dameronia, p.87. ISBN 9780472114139.
  6. ^ Sarath, Ed (2009). Music Theory Through Improvisation: A New Approach to Musicianship Training, p.259. ISBN 9780203873472.
  7. ^ Gioia, Ted (2012). The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire, p.224. ISBN 9780199769155.
  8. ^ Koch, Lawrence O. (1988). Yardbird Suite: A Compendium of the Music and Life of Charlie Parker, p.104. ISBN 9780879722609.

External links

  • "Lady Bird", Accessed June 2013.
  • "Lady Bird", Accessed June 2013.
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