List of jazz contrafacts

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A contrafact is a musical composition built using the chord progression of a pre-existing one but introducing a new melody and arrangement. Typically the original tune's progression and song form will be reused but occasionally just a section will be reused in the new composition. This article is a list of notable contrafacts by jazz artists.

Contrafact Year Contrafact composer Original Tune Year Original composer
"26-2"[citation needed] 1960 John Coltrane "Confirmation" 1946 Charlie Parker
"Ablution" Lennie Tristano "All the Things You Are" 1939 Jerome Kern
"All The Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your Mother" 1961 Charles Mingus "All the Things You Are" 1939 Jerome Kern
"An Oscar for Treadwell" Charlie Parker "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Anthropology/Thriving from a Riff" 1945 Charlie Parker "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Apache Dance" George Coleman "Cherokee" 1938 Ray Noble
"Apple Jump" Dexter Gordon "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Background Music" Warne Marsh "All of Me" 1931 Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons
"Back Home in Brooklyn with Donna" Arun Luthra "Back Home Again in Indiana" 1917 James F. Hanley
"Barry's Bop" Fats Navarro "What Is This Thing Called Love?" 1929 Cole Porter
"Bean and the Boys" 1948 Coleman Hawkins "Lover, Come Back to Me" 1928 Sigmund Romberg
"Bebop Romp" Fats Navarro "Fine and Dandy" 1930 Kay Swift
"Because of Guns" Vijay Iyer "Hey Joe" 1962 Billy Roberts
"Bird Gets the Worm" 1947 Charlie Parker "Lover, Come Back to Me" 1928 Sigmund Romberg
"Bird of Paradise" Charlie Parker "All the Things You Are" 1939 Jerome Kern
"Blue Serge"[1] 1946 Serge Chaloff "Cherokee" 1938 Ray Noble
"Blue Silver" 1948 Blue Mitchell "Peace" 1959 Horace Silver
"Blue's Theme" Blue Mitchell "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Boneology" 1946 J. J. Johnson "Honeysuckle Rose" 1929 Fats Waller,
"Boston Bernie" Dexter Gordon "All the Things You Are" 1939 Jerome Kern
"Bright Mississippi" Thelonious Monk "Sweet Georgia Brown" 1925 Ben Bernie
"Bud's Bubble" Bud Powell "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Byas a Drink" Don Byas "Stompin' at the Savoy" 1934 Edgar Sampson
"Celebrity" Charlie Parker "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Celia" Bud Powell "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Chasin' the Bird" Charlie Parker "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Chick's Tune" Chick Corea "You Stepped Out of a Dream" 1940 Nacio Herb Brown
"Chippie" Ornette Coleman "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Chronology" 1959 Ornette Coleman "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Come Fog" Don Grolnick "Come Rain or Come Shine" 1946 Harold Arlen
"Constellation" 1948 Charlie Parker "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Cotton Tail" 1940 Duke Ellington "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Countdown" John Coltrane "Tune Up" 1953 Miles Davis
"Coupe de Ville" Mike Stern "There Is No Greater Love" 1936 Isham Jones
"Crazeology" Benny Harris "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"C.T.A." Jimmy Heath "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Dear John" 1990 Freddie Hubbard "Giant Steps" 1959 John Coltrane
"Dewey Square" Charlie Parker "Oh, Lady Be Good!" 1924 George Gershwin
"Denial" Miles Davis "Confirmation" 1946 Charlie Parker
"Dexterity" Charlie Parker "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Dig" 1951 Miles Davis "Sweet Georgia Brown" 1925 Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard
"Diggin' Diz" Dizzy Gillespie "Lover" 1932 Richard Rodgers
"Dizzie Atmosphere" Dizzy Gillespie "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Do You Hear the Voices You Left Behind?" John McLaughlin "Giant Steps" 1959 John Coltrane
"Donna Lee" 1947 Charlie Parker and Miles Davis "Back Home Again in Indiana"[2] 1917 Ballard MacDonald, James F. Hanley
"Don't Be That Way" Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson, Mitchell Parish "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Doujie" Wes Montgomery "Confirmation" 1946 Charlie Parker
"Doxy" 1957 Sonny Rollins "Ja-Da" 1918 Bob Carleton
"Dream Stepper" Lee Konitz "You Stepped Out of a Dream" 1940 Nacio Herb Brown
"The Eternal Triangle" 1957 Sonny Stitt "Dizzy Atmosphere" 1945 Dizzy Gillespie
"Evidence"[3] Thelonious Monk "Just You, Just Me"[4] 1929 Jesse Greer
"Ezz-Thetic" George Russell "Love for Sale" 1930 Cole Porter
"Feather Bed" Ted Brown "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" 1943 Cole Porter
"Finger Poppin'" 1959 Horace Silver "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Flintstones Theme" Bryson, Goldberg "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Fox Hunt" Maynard Ferguson "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Fried Bananas" Dexter Gordon "It Could Happen to You" 1944 Jimmy Van Heusen
"Fifth House" John Coltrane "Hot House" 1945 Tadd Dameron
"Four Brothers" 1947 Jimmy Giuffre "Jeepers Creepers" 1938 Harry Warren
"52nd Street Theme" 1944 Thelonious Monk "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"For Regulars Only" Dexter Gordon "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Frantic Fancies" Bud Powell "'S Wonderful" 1927 George Gershwin
"Freight Train" Tommy Flanagan "Blues for Alice" 1951 Charlie Parker
"Fungi Mama" Blue Mitchell "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Futurity" Gigi Gryce "There Will Never Be Another You" 1942 Harry Warren
"Garage Band" Arun Luthra "How About You?" 1941 Burton Lane
"Get It" 1957 Bud Powell "Love Me or Leave Me" 1928 Walter Donaldson
"Green St. Caper" Woody Shaw "Green Dolphin Street" 1947 Bronislau Kaper
"Good Bait" 1944 Tadd Dameron, Count Basie "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Groovin' High" 1945 Dizzy Gillespie "Whispering" 1920 Vincent Rose
"Hackensack" Thelonious Monk "Oh, Lady Be Good" 1924 George Gershwin
"Half Nelson" 1956 Miles Davis "Lady Bird" 1948 Tadd Dameron
"Hot House" 1945 Tadd Dameron "What Is This Thing Called Love?" 1929 Cole Porter
"I Hate You" Tete Montoliu "I Love You" 1944 Cole Porter
"Ice Freezes Red" Fats Navarro "Back Home Again in Indiana" 1917 James F. Hanley
"I Want More" Dexter Gordon "All the Things You Are" 1939 Jerome Kern
"Impressions" 1961 John Coltrane "So What" 1959 Miles Davis
"In a Mellow Tone" 1939 Duke Ellington "Rose Room" 1917 Art Hickman, Harry Williams
"In Walked Bud" 1947 Thelonious Monk "Blue Skies" 1926 Irving Berlin
"Infra Rae" Hank Mobley "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise" 1928 Sigmund Romberg
"The Injuns" Donald Byrd "Cherokee" 1938 Ray Noble
"Intoit" Stan Getz "A Night in Tunisia" 1942 Dizzy Gillespie
"Jack Sprat" Sonny Stitt "Blues for Alice" 1951 Charlie Parker
"Jahbero" Tadd Dameron "All the Things You Are" 1939 Jerome Kern
"Jay Bird" 1946 J. J. Johnson "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Jay Jay" 1946 J. J. Johnson "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Juicy Lucy" Horace Silver "Confirmation" 1946 Charlie Parker
"Ju-Ju" Lennie Tristano "Back Home Again in Indiana" 1917 Ballard MacDonald, James F. Hanley
"Kamman's A' Comin'" Oscar Pettiford "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"The Kangaroo" 1953 Les Paul "Stompin' at the Savoy" 1934 Edgar Sampson
"Keen and Peechy" Woody Herman "Fine and Dandy" 1930 Kay Swift
"Ko-Ko"[5] 1945 Charlie Parker "Cherokee" 1938 Ray Noble
"Lazy Bird" John Coltrane "Lady Bird" 1948 Tadd Dameron
"Lee's Dream" Fred Hersch "You Stepped Out of a Dream" 1940 Nacio Herb Brown
"Lennie-Bird" Lennie Tristano "How High the Moon" 1940 Morgan Lewis
"Lennie's Pennies" Lennie Tristano "Pennies from Heaven" 1936 Arthur Johnston
"Lester Leaps In" 1939 Lester Young "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Lex" 1960 Donald Byrd "Back Home Again in Indiana" 1917 Ballard MacDonald, James F. Hanley
"Little Rootie Tootie" Thelonious Monk "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Little Willie Leaps" Miles Davis "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm" 1937 Bronislaw Kaper, Walter Jurmann, Gus Kahn
"Lullaby of Birdland" 1952 George Shearing "Love Me or Leave Me" 1928 Walter Donaldson
"Mad Be Bop" 1946 J. J. Johnson "Just You, Just Me" 1929 Jesse Greer
"The Man from Hyde Park" Harold Mabern "The Song Is You" 1932 Jerome Kern
"Marshmallow" Warne Marsh "Cherokee" 1938 Ray Noble
"Mayreh" Horace Silver "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm" 1937 Bronislaw Kaper, Walter Jurmann
"Meiji Stunt" Jim McNeely "Just in Time" 1956 Jule Styne
"Meteor" 1956 Tal Farlow "Confirmation" 1946 Charlie Parker
"Mirror Lake" Idrees Sulieman "Wave" 1967 Antonio Carlos Jobim
"Moose the Mooche" 1946 Charlie Parker "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"My Little Suede Shoes" Charlie Parker "Jeepers Creepers" 1938 Harry Warren
"Nostalgia" Fats Navarro "Out of Nowhere" 1931 Johnny Green
"Not You Again" John Scofield "There Will Never Be Another You" 1942 Harry Warren
"Off the Cuff" Jim McNeely "It's You or No One" 1963 Jule Styne
"Oleo" 1945 Sonny Rollins "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"On a Misty Night" Tadd Dameron "September in the Rain" 1937 Harry Warren
"One Liners" Mike Stern "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise" 1928 Sigmund Romberg
"Ornithology" 1946 Charlie Parker, Benny Harris "How High the Moon" 1940 Morgan Lewis
"Parker 51" Jimmy Raney "Cherokee" 1938 Ray Noble
"Prince Albert" Kenny Dorham "All the Things You Are" 1939 Jerome Kern
"The Protagonist" Jack Cooper "Lover" 1932 Richard Rodgers
"Psalm" Jimmy Halperin "Darn That Dream" 1939 Jimmy Van Heusen
"Quasimodo" Charlie Parker "Embraceable You" 1928 George Gershwin
"Quicksilver" Horace Silver "Lover, Come Back to Me" 1928 Sigmund Romberg
"Raeba" Jimmy Halperin "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" 1939 Richard Rodgers
"Re-Re" Bob Mintzer "Back Home Again in Indiana" 1917 Ballard MacDonald, James F. Hanley
"Reets and I" Benny Harris "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm" 1937 Bronislaw Kaper, Walter Jurmann, Gus Kahn
"The Red Tornado" Red Rodney "Cherokee" 1938 Ray Noble
"Relaxin' With Lee" 1950 Charlie Parker "Stompin' at the Savoy" 1934 Edgar Sampson
"Rhythm-a-Ning" 1957 Thelonious Monk "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Rhodomagnetics" Wilbur Harden "Take the "A" Train" 1939 Billy Strayhorn
"Rifftide" Coleman Hawkins "Oh, Lady Be Good!" 1924 George Gershwin
"Room 608" Horace Silver "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Salt Peanuts" 1942 Dizzy Gillespie "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Salute to Birdland AKA Salute to the Bandbox" 1954 Gigi Gryce "I'll Remember April" 1942 Gene de Paul
"Sax of a Kind" Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh "Fine and Dandy" 1930 Kay Swift
"Scrapple from the Apple" 1947 Charlie Parker "Honeysuckle Rose" 1929 Fats Waller
"Serene" Eric Dolphy "Tenderly" 1946 Walter Gross, Jack Lawrence
"Seven, Come Eleven" Charlie Christian, Benny Goodman "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Shelley" Red Rodney "Rosetta" 1939 Earl Hines
"Split Kick" Horace Silver "There Will Never Be Another You" 1942 Harry Warren
"Spotlite" Coleman Hawkins "Just You, Just Me" 1929 Jesse Greer
"Steeplechase" Charlie Parker "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Straight Life" Art Pepper "After You've Gone" 1918 Turner Layton
"Striver's Row" 1957 Sonny Rollins "Confirmation" 1946 Charlie Parker
"Stupendous" Mel Broiles "'S Wonderful" 1927 George Gershwin
"Suburban Eyes" 1947 Ike Quebec "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm" 1937 Bronislaw Kaper, Walter Jurmann, Gus Kahn
"Suspone" Mike Stern "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Sub-Atomic Dominant" Jimmy Halperin "Sweet Georgia Brown" 1925 Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard
"Subconscious Lee" Lee Konitz "What Is This Thing Called Love?" 1929 Cole Porter
"Sweet Clifford" Clifford Brown "Sweet Georgia Brown" 1925 Ben Bernie
"Sweet Thing" Rory Stuart "In Your Own Sweet Way" 1955 Dave Brubeck
"Tangibility" Arun Luthra "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"That's My Kick" 1967 Erroll Garner "I Get A Kick Out Of You" 1934 Cole Porter
"The Theme" Miles Davis "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Third Event" Arun Luthra "Giant Steps" 1959 John Coltrane
"317 East 32nd Street" Lennie Tristano "Out of Nowhere" 1931 Johnny Green
"Tippin'" 1956 Horace Silver "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Tour de Force" Dizzy Gillespie "Jeepers Creepers" 1938 Harry Warren
"Twelve" 2000 Peter Erskine "Easy to Love" 1934 Cole Porter
"Two in Love" 2000 Jack Cooper "I Love You" 1944 Cole Porter
"Vodka" Mal Waldron "Yesterdays" 1933 Jerome Kern
"Wail" Bud Powell "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Walk, Don't Run"[not jazz] 1954 Johnny Smith "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise" 1928 Sigmund Romberg
"Waltz New" Jim Hall "Someday My Prince Will Come" 1937 Frank Churchill
"Warmin Up a Riff" Charlie Parker "Cherokee" 1938 Ray Noble
"Weeja" 1956 Elmo Hope "Confirmation" 1946 Charlie Parker
"Wells Fargo" Wilbur Harden "I Got Rhythm" 1930 George Gershwin
"Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am" Charles Mingus "What Is This Thing Called Love?" 1929 Cole Porter
"What Love?" Charles Mingus "What Is This Thing Called Love?" 1929 Cole Porter
"Wow" 1949 Lennie Tristano "You Can Depend on Me" 1931 Charles Carpenter, Louis Dunlap, Earl Hines
"Yardbird Suite" 1946 Charlie Parker "Rosetta" 1939 Earl Hines
"Yellow Dolphin Street" 1977 Tete Montoliu "On Green Dolphin Street" 1947 Bronislau Kaper
"Zog's Jog" James Morrison "Cherokee" 1938 Ray Noble
"Dream Step" Dick Oatts "You Stepped Out of a Dream" 1940 Nacio Herb Brown

References[edit]

  1. ^ Komara, Edward M. (1998). The Dial Recordings of Charlie Parker: A Discography, p.4. Greenwood. ISBN 9780313291685.
  2. ^ Rosenthal, David, H (1992). Hard Bop: Jazz and Black Music 1955-1965. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-505869-0.
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott (2008). "Thelonious Monk" biography, AllMusic.
  4. ^ Williams, Martin (1 January 1992). "What Kind of Composer Was Thelonious Monk?" (PDF). The Musical Quarterly (Oxford Journals) 76 (3): 433–441. doi:10.1093/mq/76.3.433. 
  5. ^ Komara (1998), p.22. ISBN 9780313291685.

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