For as much as I absolutley love Jimmy Raney’s playing, I equally love his composing, something I feel he is not known for. Sometime ago I went on a streak of trying to learn as many of his tunes as I could find. There are only a handful that he wrote but these are two of my favorites.
“Action”, which was also titled “Motion” is based on the standard “You Stepped out of a dream” (Also check out Chick Corea’s “Chick’s Tune” for another great line on these same changes). Download Lead Sheet here….. “Action” – Jimmy Raney
“Signal”is a classic example of a tune that embodies the sound and vibe of the classic quartet with Stan Getz. It is basically a Bebop tune but there is a distinct modern/angular shape to the melody that points in another direction. Download Lead Sheet here……. “Signal” – Jimmy Raney (note: The basic gist of this chart is here but if I had time I would go back and edit some of the ways I notated the rhythms and I would add some of the counter lines and hits that are an important part of the tune..FYI)
To learn more about Jimmy Raney visit the the Jimmy Raney Website