Building your Jazz Repertoire part 2: Latin

Building your Jazz Repertoire part 2: Latin

Jazz repertoire part 2:
10 Latin tunes

The world of Latin American music is vast and would take a lifetime of study. What we are looking at here is a small collection of tunes with a Latin feel; songs that are likely to come up when playing with other musicians. I’ve tried to keep the list short, as it’s easy to get overwhelmed with too many choices. I’ve marked essential songs with *.

All these tunes have a straight 8 feel rather than swing.
The compositions of Carlos Jobim are of particular interest as they don’t follow the usual II – V – I  patterns.

You will find the complete list of ‘Building a Jazz Repertoire’ in book 3 of Learn Jazz Piano.

Here’s the link to book 3

 

At some stage you might find yourself comping behind vocalists singing this repertoire. A good reference is the Getz /Gilberto album (1964).

If you’re looking for an easy tune for starters I’d go for Blue Bossa.
Try Desafinado for something a little more advanced.

So here are my 10 choices of Latin tunes to build your jazz repertoire.
Although many artists have recorded these  tunes, I’ve provided you with suggested listening.

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Blue Bossa*

Composer: Kenny Dorham

Listen: Joe Henderson

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Con Alma

Composer: Dizzie Gillespie

Listen: Wes Montgomery

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Desafinado

Composer: Jobim

Listen: Dizzy Gilespie

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The Girl From Ipanema*

Composer: Jobim

Listen: Stan Getz

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How Insensitive

Composer: Jobim

Listen: Oscar Peterson

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Meditation

Composer: Jobim

Listen:  Joe Pass

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Manteca

Composer: Dizzie Gillespie

Listen: Red Garland

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Nica’s Dream*

Composer: Horace Silver

Listen: Art Blakey

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Song For My Father

Composer: Horace Silver

Listen: Horace Silver

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Wave

Composer: Jobim

Listen: Paul Desmond

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