How does jazz work?

Related: my top 100 jazz tracks. See also the up-goer five version.

Rather than attempting the impossible task of explaining how everything in jazz works, I’m going to pick a specific tune and talk you through it: “Someday My Prince Will Come” by Miles Davis, off the 1961 album by the same name.

First, here’s the original version of the tune from Snow White.

Once you’ve got the melody in your head, listen to the Miles Davis recording.

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