Diana’s Corner: Freya’s lick of the Day: Dexter Gordon, As Time Goes By, 2:03

[This is perhaps obviously the counterpart to Thor’s Corner: Jazz licks (little pieces of jazz tunes) worth your time and examination.]

Unless I’m wrong (a distinct possibility) at 2:03 of the YouTube video (and 2:08 of the single), Dexter (I call him that because we’re tight, you see) plays an arpeggiated D minor 7th chord (transposed for Bb tenor sax, that is) in two octaves over the main theme. I can’t really tell you why, but I love the way that sounds, and have often tried to emulate it.

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