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Chord Changes For Alice
The chord changes in this example are from " Blues for Alice". Written by alto saxophonist, Charlie Parker, it is yet another example of his genius as a composer. It differs from a typical blues in a variety of ways. First of all it does not include the typical use of dominant chords (I7, IV7, V&) found in traditional blues. Notice instead, the major7 chords in both measures 1 and 4. Another interesting feature is the descending II-7 & V7 chords in measures 7 and 8.
Depending on the situation I may slip these changes in during solos in a traditional blues shuffle. Pick your spot carefully however. It's important to know who you are playing with. I won't do it if there is another rhythm instrument playing chord changes since I don't want to be outlining different chords while they're playing a typical I, IV, V Blues progression. But on a trio gig some guitarists may enjoy the new and interesting changes accompanying their solo.