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Read the book Jazz and Justice, specifically chapter 4 "Hot House". Everything the other answers mention is true to some extent but in this era there is a tendency to "formularize" jazz and that is not what the originators did. Both Parker and Monk are discussed in this text and there was a common motive to their approach. Specifically ...


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First of all the changes do not define the song. Any tune from the Real Book, or other sources, can be harmonized by several different sets of chords, you have many options for this. The Head defines the tune. If you look at a few dozen tunes from the Real Book at random you will likely find a few common sets of changes. If all anyone did was follow the ...


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