Lazy Bird - John Coltrane - guitar arrangement

Lazy Bird - John Coltrane - guitar arrangement

Lazy Bird is a musical composition by John Coltrane, first appearing on his 1957 album Blue Train. Its name is most likely a play on the title of the Tadd Dameron composition "Lady Bird".

Coltrane biographer Lewis Porter has proposed a harmonic relationship between "Lady Bird" and the A section of "Lazy Bird". (The bridge of Coltrane's song is apparently a variation on the standard "Lover Man"). The chord progression of "Lady Bird" may be transformed into that of "Lazy Bird" through chord substitution using the backdoor progression and tritone substitution.

If you have only seen some of my most recent videos you'd be forgiven if you thought I only arrange for solo guitar pop songs from the 70's... Not so, jazz is what I do, even in pop contexts, and without jazz I wouldn't be playing an instrument at all. So here is "Lazy Bird" by the great John Coltrane, as classic straight ahead jazz as it gets. As this is improvised, and I have intended to focus much more on harmony, I have, inadvertently utilized equal amounts of harmony and single-note lines. Please "like", share, comment, and above all, enjoy! If you have a second, please go over to the video at YouTube itself and like it there as well, I appreciate it!

Tags: jazz, John Coltrane