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Carla Sings Us A Lullaby

By Roger Aldridge

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Jazz Combo
Composed by Roger Aldridge. Jazz, Bossa Nova. Lead Sheet, Sheet Music Single. 1 pages. Published by Roger Aldridge (S0.82001).

Item Number: S0.82001

This is a peaceful bossa nova that is dedicated to Carla Bley, one of my favorite jazz composers. It is a fairly simple tune. Harmonically, it is built around D9 sus4 and Dm7 (b5) chords. I stumbled upon this pattern one day as I was playing piano. I immediately liked the feeling it creates and the shift in harmonic color (between implied Dorian and Locrian modes). This is the only tune of mine that uses it. The measure of 5/4 coming unexpectedly gives a push to the tune's momentum. As I worked on this tune I thought about having another section, but nothing clicked. I came to the conclusion that the music said everything it wanted to say in 18 bars.


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