Good Bait

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"Good Bait" is a jazz composition written by American jazz piano player and composer Tadd Dameron and by band leader Count Basie. It was introduced in 1944 and was popular in the 1940s and 1950s.[1]


Good Bait uses the changes to "I've Got Rhythm" (Rhythm changes) transposed up by a fourth as its bridge.[2]

The chord changes to Good Bait are similar to those of La Mer ("The Sea"), which was released at about the same time, and the title "Good Bait" may be an allusion to the sea.

Other recorded versions[edit]

The song has been performed by a number of other artists, including:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Aebersold, Jamey (1995). Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long - Volume 65 - Four And More. Jamey Aebersold Jazz Inc. pp. ii.
  2. ^ Levine, Mark (1995). The Jazz theory Book. Sher Music Co. pp. 413, 427.