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    Bob,

    Thanks much.

    I left that final chord as a suspension because I liked the sound without full closure.

    Of course, it can be played with a dominant instead.

    People should always feel free to make suggestions and changes, especially you.

    Cheers,
    Jer
    Last edited by engelbach; 09-18-2017 at 09:18 AM.
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    Thanks Jer,
    Your sus chord is beautiful and usually you can always count on me to be in favor of a "dangle" ending as there are few enough opportunities for them. I've listened more and I guess this time it's just a cadence thing. Since the vocal melody there is a pick-up, it just felt to me like the go-round wanted more of a nudge.

    As a bassist, I usually favor simplicity in chordal arrangements because of their fewer constraints. Your busier (but very rich) arrangement of this tune is really stunning and also quite instructive.
    )BOB
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    I don't think the C7sus chord would work if it were preceded by a Gm7, as they're too close to each other. But I like it after the Db7 chord.

    At the end of the bridge I do resolve C7sus to Gb7.

    I clutter up slow tunes with lots of changes because I like the challenge of finding progressions that work.

    Bill Evans was of course the master of this. His changes on Spring Is Here:

    Spring Is Here-Rev JE with Ad Lib Ending - Richard Rodgers

    I love the way he sticks in a phrase from I'm Old-Fashioned after the Eb7/Db in the Coda.

    Cheers,
    Jer

    EDIT: My changes to Spring Is Here are not exactly Bill's throughout. They're actually somewhat simplified. Kenlister's changes are from Chuck Sher's New Real Book 3 and are taken directly from a transcription of Bill's playing:
    https://www.irealb.com/forums/showth...8127#post38127
    Last edited by engelbach; 09-19-2017 at 09:04 PM.
    Jerry Engelbach
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    Louis Armstrong version:
    What A Wonderful World - Weiss -Thiele (Louis Armstrong)

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