Jimmy Raney

Two Jimmy Raney Tunes

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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

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Jimmy Raney’s solo on “Este Seu Olhar” (Transcribed by: Nick Fryer)

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Here is an oldie but goodie from the archives. A great one chorus solo from master improviser Jimmy Raney. “Este Seu Olhar” is a rarely played Antonio Carlos Jobim tune from the record “Two Jims and Zoot”.

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Download solo here: Jimmy Raney’s Solo on %22Este Seu Olhar%22