List of jazz contrafacts

A contrafact is a musical composition built using the chord progression of a pre-existing song, but with 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.

ContrafactYearContrafact ComposerOriginal SongYearOriginal Composer
"26-2"1960John Coltrane"Confirmation"1946Charlie Parker
"317 East 32nd Street"1952 Lennie Tristano"Out of Nowhere"1931Johnny Green
"52nd Street Theme"1944Thelonious Monk"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Ablution"1997 Lennie Tristano"All the Things You Are"1939Jerome Kern
"All The Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your Mother"1961Charles Mingus"All the Things You Are"1939Jerome Kern
"Anatomy"1957 Mal Waldron"All the Things You Are"1939Jerome Kern
"And I Do"1985Jim Hall"I Should Care"1944Axel Stordahl and Paul Weston
"And She Remembers Me"1954Tal Farlow"I'll Remember April"1942Gene de Paul
"Anthropology / Thriving on a Riff"1945Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Apache Dance"1978 George Coleman"Cherokee"1938Ray Noble
"Apple Jump"1976 Dexter Gordon"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Back Home in Brooklyn with Donna"2009 Arun Luthra"Back Home Again in Indiana"1917James F. Hanley
"Background Music"1955 Warne Marsh"All of Me"1931Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons
"Barry's Bop"1947 Fats Navarro"What Is This Thing Called Love?"1929Cole Porter
"Bean and the Boys"1948Coleman Hawkins"Lover, Come Back to Me"1928Sigmund Romberg
"Bebop Romp"1947 Fats Navarro"Fine and Dandy"1930Kay Swift
"Because of Guns"2003 Vijay Iyer"Hey Joe"1962Billy Roberts
"Bird Gets the Worm"1947Charlie Parker"Lover, Come Back to Me"1928Sigmund Romberg
"Bird of Paradise"1947 Charlie Parker"All the Things You Are"1939Jerome Kern
"Birdland Stomp"1987 Herb Geller"Stompin' at the Savoy"1934Edgar Sampson
"Blue Serge"1946Serge Chaloff"Cherokee"1938Ray Noble
"Blue's Theme"Blue Mitchell"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Boneology"1946J. J. Johnson"Honeysuckle Rose"1929Fats Waller
"Boston Bernie"Dexter Gordon"All the Things You Are"1939Jerome Kern
"Bright Mississippi"Thelonious Monk"Sweet Georgia Brown"1925Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard
"Bud's Bubble"Bud Powell"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Byas a Drink"Don Byas"Stompin' at the Savoy"1934Edgar Sampson
"C.T.A."Jimmy Heath"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Casbah"Tadd Dameron"Out of Nowhere"1931Johnny Green
"Celebrity"1950 Charlie Parker"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Celia"Bud Powell"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Chasin' the Bird"1947 Charlie Parker"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Chasm"Julian Adderley"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Chick's Tune"Chick Corea"You Stepped Out of a Dream"1940Nacio Herb Brown
"Chippie"Ornette Coleman"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Chronology"1959Ornette Coleman"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Cochise"Alvin Batiste"Cherokee"1938Ray Noble
"Coffee Pot"J. J. Johnson"All God's Chillun Got Rhythm"1937Bronislaw Kaper, Walter Jurmann, Gus Kahn
"Come Fog"Don Grolnick"Come Rain or Come Shine"1946Harold Arlen
"Constellation"1948Charlie Parker"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Cottontail" (alt. "Cotton Tail" and "Hot Chocolate")1940Duke Ellington"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Countdown"John Coltrane"Tune Up"1953Miles Davis
"Coupe de Ville"Mike Stern"There Is No Greater Love"1936Isham Jones
"Crazeology"Benny Harris"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Dear John"1990Freddie Hubbard"Giant Steps"1959John Coltrane
"Deception"Miles Davis"Conception"1950George Shearing
"Denial"Miles Davis"Confirmation"1946Charlie Parker
"Dewey Square"Charlie Parker"Oh, Lady Be Good!"1924George Gershwin
"Dexterity"Charlie Parker"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Dextivity"1947Dexter Gordon"Take the "A" Train"1939Billy Strayhorn
"Dextrose"1947Dexter Gordon"Fine and Dandy"1930Kay Swift
"Dig"1951Miles Davis"Sweet Georgia Brown"1925Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard
"Diggin' Diz"Dizzy Gillespie"Lover"1932Richard Rodgers
"Dizzy Atmosphere"Dizzy Gillespie"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Do You Hear the Voices You Left Behind?"John McLaughlin"Giant Steps"1959John Coltrane
"Donna Lee"1947Charlie Parker and Miles Davis"Back Home Again in Indiana"[1]1917Ballard MacDonald, James F. Hanley
"Don't Be That Way"Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson, Mitchell Parish"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Doujie"Wes Montgomery"Confirmation"1946Charlie Parker
"Doxy"1957Sonny Rollins"Ja-Da" - partly1918Bob Carleton
"Dream Step"Dick Oatts"You Stepped Out of a Dream"1940Nacio Herb Brown
"Dream Stepper"Lee Konitz"You Stepped Out of a Dream"1940Nacio Herb Brown
"The Eternal Triangle"1957Sonny Stitt"I Got Rhythm"1930 George and Ira Gershwin
"Evidence"[2]Thelonious Monk"Just You, Just Me"[3]1929Jesse Greer
"Ezz-Thetic"George Russell"Love for Sale"1930Cole Porter
"Fats Blows"1947Fats Navarro"Oh, Lady Be Good"1924George Gershwin
"Feather Bed"Ted Brown"You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To"1943Cole Porter
"Fifth House"John Coltrane"What Is This Thing Called Love?"1929Cole Porter
"Finger Poppin'"1959Horace Silver"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Flintstones Theme"1961 Hoyt Curtin"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Fox Hunt"Maynard Ferguson"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Fried Bananas"Dexter Gordon"It Could Happen to You"1944Jimmy Van Heusen
"For Regulars Only"Dexter Gordon"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Four On Six"1960Wes Montgomery"Summertime"1934George Gershwin
"Frantic Fancies"Bud Powell"'S Wonderful"1927George Gershwin
"Freight Trane"Tommy Flanagan"Blues for Alice"1951Charlie Parker
"Fungi Mama"Blue Mitchell"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Fuchsia Swing Song"Sam Rivers"Night And Day"1932Cole Porter
"Futurity"Gigi Gryce"There Will Never Be Another You"1942Harry Warren
"Garage Band"Arun Luthra"How About You?"1941Burton Lane
"Get It"1957Bud Powell"Love Me or Leave Me"1928Walter Donaldson
"Good Bait"1944Tadd Dameron, Count Basie"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Green St. Caper"Woody Shaw"Green Dolphin Street"1947Bronislau Kaper
"Groovin' High"1945Dizzy Gillespie"Whispering"1920Vincent Rose
"Hackensack"Thelonious Monk"Oh, Lady Be Good"1924George Gershwin
"Half Nelson"1947Miles Davis"Lady Bird"1939Tadd Dameron
"Hot House"1945Tadd Dameron"What Is This Thing Called Love?"1929Cole Porter
"I Didn't"1955Miles Davis"Well, You Needn't"1944Thelonious Monk
"I Hate You"1977 Tete Montoliu"I Love You"1944Cole Porter
"I Want More"Dexter Gordon"All the Things You Are"1939Jerome Kern
"Ice Freezes Red"Fats Navarro"Back Home Again in Indiana"1917James F. Hanley
"Impressions"1961John Coltrane"So What"1959Miles Davis
"In a Mellow Tone"1939Duke Ellington"Rose Room"1917Art Hickman, Harry Williams
"In Walked Bud"1947Thelonious Monk"Blue Skies"1926Irving Berlin
"Infinity Promenade"Shorty Rogers"Good Bait"1944Tadd Dameron
"Infra Rae"Hank Mobley"Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise"1928Sigmund Romberg
"The Injuns"Donald Byrd"Cherokee"1938Ray Noble
"Intoit"Stan Getz"A Night in Tunisia"1942Dizzy Gillespie
"It's You"1996Lee Konitz"It's You or No One"1963Jule Styne
"Jack Sprat"Sonny Stitt"Blues for Alice"1951Charlie Parker
"Jahbero"Tadd Dameron"All the Things You Are"1939Jerome Kern
"Jay Bird"1946J. J. Johnson"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Jay Jay"1946J. J. Johnson"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Jayne"Ornette Coleman"Out of Nowhere"1931Johnny Green
"Ju-Ju"Lennie Tristano"Back Home Again in Indiana"1917Ballard MacDonald, James F. Hanley
"Juicy Lucy"Horace Silver"Confirmation"1946Charlie Parker
"Kamman's A' Comin'"Oscar Pettiford"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"The Kangaroo"1953Les Paul"Stompin' at the Savoy"1934Edgar Sampson
"Keen and Peechy"1947 Woody Herman"Fine and Dandy"1930Kay Swift
"Ko-Ko"1945Charlie Parker"Cherokee"1938Ray Noble
"Kokochee"Teddy Charles"Cherokee"1938Ray Noble
"Lee's Dream"Fred Hersch"You Stepped Out of a Dream"1940Nacio Herb Brown
"Lennie-Bird"Lennie Tristano"How High the Moon"1940Morgan Lewis
"Lennie's Pennies"Lennie Tristano"Pennies from Heaven"1936Arthur Johnston
"Lester Leaps In"1939Lester Young"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Lex"1960Donald Byrd"Tadd's Delight" (aka "Sid's Delight")1949Tadd Dameron
"Liberia"1964John Coltrane"A Night in Tunisia"1941Dizzy Gillespie
"Little Rootie Tootie"Thelonious Monk"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Little Willie Leaps"1947Miles Davis"All God's Chillun Got Rhythm"1937Bronislaw Kaper, Walter Jurmann, Gus Kahn
"Lullaby of Birdland"1952George Shearing"Love Me or Leave Me"1928Walter Donaldson
"Mad Be Bop"1946J. J. Johnson"Just You, Just Me"1929Jesse Greer
"The Man from Hyde Park"Harold Mabern"The Song Is You"1932Jerome Kern
"Marshmallow"Warne Marsh"Cherokee"1938Ray Noble
"Mayreh"Horace Silver"All God's Chillun Got Rhythm"1937Bronislaw Kaper, Walter Jurmann
"Meiji Stunt"Jim McNeely"Just in Time"1956Jule Styne
"Meteor"1956Tal Farlow"Confirmation"1946Charlie Parker
"Mirror Lake"Idrees Sulieman"Wave"1967Antônio Carlos Jobim
"Monk/Trane"2009John Patitucci"Giant Steps"1959John Coltrane
"Moose the Mooche"1946Charlie Parker"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Motion"1954Jimmy Raney"You Stepped Out of A Dream"1940Nacio Herb Brown, Gus Kahn
"My Little Suede Shoes"Charlie Parker"Jeepers Creepers"1938Harry Warren
"Never Felt That Way Before"Sonny Stitt"All God's Chillun Got Rhythm"1937Bronislaw Kaper, Walter Jurmann, Gus Kahn
"Nostalgia"Fats Navarro"Out of Nowhere"1931Johnny Green
"Not You Again"John Scofield"There Will Never Be Another You"1942Harry Warren
"Off the Cuff"Jim McNeely"It's You or No One"1963Jule Styne
"Oleo"1945Sonny Rollins"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Omicron" 1956 Donald Byrd "Woody'n You" 1943 Dizzy Gillespie
"On a Misty Night"Tadd Dameron"September in the Rain"1937Harry Warren
"One Liners"Mike Stern"Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise"1928Sigmund Romberg
"Ornithology"1946Charlie Parker, Benny Harris"How High the Moon"1940Morgan Lewis
"An Oscar for Treadwell"Charlie Parker"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Out a Day"Franck Amsallem"Night and Day"1932Cole Porter
"Passport"1949Charlie Parker"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Parker 51"Jimmy Raney"Cherokee"1938Ray Noble
"Prince Albert"Kenny Dorham"All the Things You Are"1939Jerome Kern
"The Protagonist"Jack Cooper"Lover"1932Richard Rodgers
"Psalm"Jimmy Halperin"Darn That Dream"1939Jimmy Van Heusen
"Quasimodo"Charlie Parker"Embraceable You"1928George Gershwin
"Quicksilver"Horace Silver"Lover, Come Back to Me"1928Sigmund Romberg
"Raeba"Jimmy Halperin"I Didn't Know What Time It Was"1939Richard Rodgers
"Re-Re"Bob Mintzer"Back Home Again in Indiana"1917Ballard MacDonald, James F. Hanley
"The Red Tornado"Red Rodney"Cherokee"1938Ray Noble
"Reets and I"Benny Harris"All God's Chillun Got Rhythm"1937Bronislaw Kaper, Walter Jurmann, Gus Kahn
"Relaxin' With Lee"1950Charlie Parker"Stompin' at the Savoy"1934Edgar Sampson
"Reunion"1954Gigi Gryce"I'll Remember April"1942Gene de Paul
"Rhodomagnetics"Wilbur Harden"Take the "A" Train"1939Billy Strayhorn
"Rhythm-a-Ning"1957Thelonious Monk"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Rifftide"Coleman Hawkins"Oh, Lady Be Good!"1924George Gershwin
"Room 608"Horace Silver"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Salt Peanuts"1942Dizzy Gillespie"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Salute to Birdland", aka "Salute to the Bandbox"/"Réunion"1954Gigi Gryce"I'll Remember April"1942Gene de Paul
"Satellite"1964John Coltrane"How High the Moon"1940Morgan Lewis
"Sax of a Kind"Lee Konitz, Warne Marsh"Fine and Dandy"1930Kay Swift
"Scrapple from the Apple"1947Charlie Parker"Honeysuckle Rose; bridge "I Got Rhythm"1929Fats Waller
"Serene"Eric Dolphy"Tenderly"1946Walter Gross, Jack Lawrence
"Seven, Come Eleven"Charlie Christian, Benny Goodman"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Shelley"Red Rodney"Rosetta"1939Earl Hines
"Smog Eyes"1956Ted Brown"There Will Never Be Another You"1942Harry Warren
"Soflee"1992Gene Bertoncini"Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise"1928Sigmund Romberg
"Split Feelin's"1960Hank Mobley"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Split Kick"Horace Silver"There Will Never Be Another You"1942Harry Warren
"Spotlite"Coleman Hawkins"Just You, Just Me"1929Jesse Greer
"Steeplechase"Charlie Parker"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Straight Life"Art Pepper"After You've Gone"1918Turner Layton
"Striver's Row"1957Sonny Rollins"Confirmation"1946Charlie Parker
"Stupendous"Mel Broiles"'S Wonderful"1927George Gershwin
"Sub-Atomic Dominant"Jimmy Halperin"Sweet Georgia Brown"1925Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard
"Suburban Eyes"1947Ike Quebec"All God's Chillun Got Rhythm"1937Bronislaw Kaper, Walter Jurmann, Gus Kahn
"Subconscious Lee"Lee Konitz"What Is This Thing Called Love?"1929Cole Porter
"Suspone"Mike Stern"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Sweet Clifford"Clifford Brown"Sweet Georgia Brown"1925Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard
"Sweet Thing"Rory Stuart"In Your Own Sweet Way"1955Dave Brubeck
"Tangibility"Arun Luthra"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Teapot"J. J. Johnson"Sweet Georgia Brown"1925Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard
"That's My Kick" 1967 Erroll Garner "I Get A Kick Out Of You" 1934 Cole Porter
"The Theme"Miles Davis"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Third Event"Arun Luthra"Giant Steps"1959John Coltrane
"Tide"1970Antônio Carlos Jobim"Wave"1967Antônio Carlos Jobim
"Tippin'"1956Horace Silver"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Tour de Force"Dizzy Gillespie"Jeepers Creepers"1938Harry Warren
"Twelve"2000Peter Erskine"Easy to Love"1934Cole Porter
"Two in Love"2000Jack Cooper"I Love You"1944Cole Porter
"Vodka"Mal Waldron"Yesterdays"1933Jerome Kern
"Wail"Bud Powell"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Walk, Don't Run"1954Johnny Smith"Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise"1928Sigmund Romberg
"Waltz New"Jim Hall"Someday My Prince Will Come"1937Frank Churchill
"Warmin Up a Riff"Charlie Parker"Cherokee"1938Ray Noble
"Weeja"1956Elmo Hope"Confirmation"1946Charlie Parker
"Wells Fargo"Wilbur Harden"I Got Rhythm"1930George Gershwin
"Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am"Charles Mingus"What Is This Thing Called Love?"1929Cole Porter
"What Love?"Charles Mingus"What Is This Thing Called Love?"1929Cole Porter
"Wow"1949Lennie Tristano"You Can Depend on Me"1931Charles Carpenter, Louis Dunlap, Earl Hines
"Yardbird Suite"1946Charlie Parker"Rosetta, except measure two"1939Earl Hines
"Yellow Dolphin Street"1977Tete Montoliu"On Green Dolphin Street"1947Bronislau Kaper
"Zog's Jog"James Morrison"Cherokee"1938Ray Noble
"Contrafact" 2018 Walter Smith III "Like Someone In Love" 1944 Jimmy Van Heusen

References

  1. Rosenthal, David, H (1992). Hard Bop: Jazz and Black Music 1955-1965. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-505869-0.
  2. Yanow, Scott (2008). "Thelonious Monk" biography, AllMusic.
  3. Williams, Martin (January 1, 1992). "What Kind of Composer Was Thelonious Monk?". The Musical Quarterly. Oxford Journals. 76 (3): 433–441. doi:10.1093/mq/76.3.433.

Further reading

  • Aebersold, Jamey (1982). Charlie Parker Omnibook. Criterion. ISBN 0-7692-6053-5.
  • Baker, David (2006). How To Play Bebop, Volume 3. Alfred. ISBN 0-7390-2182-6.
  • Crawford, Richard (1993). The American musical landscape. University of California Press. ISBN 0520077644. ISBN 9780520077645.
  • Owens, Thomas (1982). Bebop: The Music and Its Players. Oxford. ISBN 0-1951-0651-2.
  • Sher, Chuck (2005). The New Real Book, Volume 1. Sher Music. ISBN 0-9614701-4-3.
  • Sher, Chuck (2005). The New Real Book, Volume 2. Sher Music. ISBN 0-9614701-7-8.
  • Sher, Chuck (2005). The New Real Book, Volume 3. Sher Music. ISBN 1-883217-03-2.
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