Blue Bossa [Introduction]

Blues Bossa was written in 1963 by Kenny Dorham and first released by Joe Hendreson on his album Page One.

It's one of those easy tunes you can play even with non jazzers as long as you make the key change in the right place! Certainly a popular one, easy form to remember too, so a must know really.

Before starting work on the song, you really should try and listen to a few versions, particularly vocal versions, I think listening to one with a lyric really helps you understand the phrasing of the melody. Of course some songs don't have words - like this one!

Check out how they all vary the melody a bit, and remember when you play it you don't have to play it 'exactly as the book says', in fact if you do, you are missing the point!

Instrumental Versions:
Joe Henderson - the first release of this classic!
Pat Martino - I love Martino's playing, he tears it, amazing playing, so clean and fast and melodic.
Dexter Gordon - lovely lines in this, well worth stealing!!
Joe Pass and JJ Johnson - Joe plays great in this, awesome comping and tasty lines! Trombone and guitar duet!!
Jimmy Rosenburg - gives this song the gypsy jazz treatment :) great technique and tasty lines.
Chet Baker - lots of nice playing in this version.

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