A classic arrangement by Johnny Hodges & Jonny May.
It quotes “In the Mood” and “Pinetop Boogie,” and is super fun to learn. It’s great for developing stamina and other techniques including octaves, slides, & tremolos.
This is based on the Doug Mckenzie recording of this song (Jazz2511).
I wanted to understand his arrangement, while also exploring some different cadences and chord voicings at the end.
This is my arrangement of “Autumn Leaves” in a Waltz style.
The song has an interesting history. The version we all know was written in 1945 as “Les Feuilles mortes” with music by Hungarian-French composer Joseph Kosma.
The song was derived from a ballet piece of music “Rendez-vous”, written by Roland Petit, which was partially borrowed from “Poème d’Octobre” by Jules Massenet.
I wrote this piece around 2016 when I started to explore passing chords and delayed resolutions to dominant chords. I think it has a wistful quality to it.