Coltrane’s “Central Park West” Lesson
Basic Jazz Chord Shapes.
“Central Park West” was recorded in late October of 1960, and released on the classic Atlantic album “Coltrane’s Sound” in 1964. Lest we forget, Coltrane’s star was fast rising in the sixties and Atlantic was a fast growing label who would a decade later sign an even brighter star, Led Zeppelin.
Here’s the link:
John is playing a soprano saxophone on this one track and accompanied by McCoy Tyner on piano, Steve Davis on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums.
So let’s grab a guitar and start running through these changes.
Here is the chart:
Now. Here are some shapes you can plug in. You’ll notice that instead of Dom. 7 shapes, I’ve substituted 9th or 13th chord shapes. Use these in place of the Dom. 7 chords. In jazz? Well. Dom. 7 chords just sound hokey.
Remember. You can mix and match shapes depending on where you are on the fretboard. Switch chord roots to avoid jumping long distances.
Once you get your fingers familiar with the shapes, try playing the chords in time. Once that’s comfortable, try playing along with Coltrane! It’s easier than you think.
*C#mi7/B. Remember. The first half of a slash chord is what you play. After the slash is the note for the bassist. Just play a C#mi7 chord here