A Guide To Help You Play Better Jazz Piano
History and overview:
“Call Me Irresponsible” is a 1962 American popular song written by the great songwriting team Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, who also wrote many other classics including “Come Fly With Me,” “High Hopes,” and “My Kind Of Town.”
The song wasn’t in the original Real Book but I’m glad they’ve included it here, since it’s such a classic.
Here are some recommended recordings/videos:
(for international readers who may not have access to these YouTube links, I’ve indicated the original album names wherever possible so you can listen to them on music streaming services, etc.)
Nancy Wilson: Today, Tomorrow, Forever
Musical ideas and jazz piano practice tips:
The melody to “Call Me Irresponsible” is a study in how to use motifs to create longer phrases. In fact, the basis of the entire melody can be found in the first two measures. The overall form can be viewed as ABAC, similar to “All Of Me.”
Enjoy the journey, and “let the music flow!”
Further links and resources:
Call Me Irresponsible: Wikipedia
Call Me Irresponsible: Journey Through The Real Book #53
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