Lesson Plan


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Lesson notes

In this lesson you'll study one of the most famous jazz ballads of all time, "Blue In Green," from one of the most influential jazz albums in history, Miles Davis' Kind of Blue (1959) (though some say pianist Bill Evans was the true author of the tune). Kind of Blue represented a shift away from the complexity of bebop—with its ornate melodies and rapidly shifting chord changes—and towards the simplicity of modal harmony. With approachable song forms and singable melodies, as well as masterful performances throughout, Kind of Blue was and remains wildly popular. In this lesson you'll study the form and harmony (Part 1), the melody (Part 2), and an arrangement that puts it all together (Part 3).