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Any help would be appreciated. What chord do you outline? It seems sometimes people disregard the changes altogether or play a II-V7 in Eb (on tenor).

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You must think of bars 5 - 6 as one.

originally:

Bb Bb7 | Eb Ebm |(with descending bass line Bb Ab | G Gb|

OR:

Bb Bb7 | Eb E dim | (with ascending bass line Bb D | Eb E )

Rhythm sections can and will do either or something altogether different, but that was basically the changes when it was originally played as jazz.

A neat chord that fits both is Gb7/Fb (Gb7/E)

Bb Bb7 | Eb Gb7

Usually the changes go so fast it doesn't matter, just play something melodic it will work (Bird did). If it's slower then you may need to work out exactly what changes the rhythm section are playing. If its the usual jam session "waffle" , then the Gb7 works well in most situations, but listen for the bass line. If descending go for Eb to Ebm, if ascending go for Eb to E dim.

If in doubt, don't be too proud to ask. Well. not while actually playing it, but before or after is a good time to discuss what chords they will do.
 

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Yeah what he said..
 

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Hope for the best.

You must think of bars 5 - 6 as one.

originally:

Bb Bb7 | Eb Ebm |(with descending bass line Bb Ab | G Gb|

OR:

Bb Bb7 | Eb E dim | (with ascending bass line Bb D | Eb E )

Rhythm sections can and will do either or something altogether different, but that was basically the changes when it was originally played as jazz.

A neat chord that fits both is Gb7/Fb (Gb7/E)

Bb Bb7 | Eb Gb7

Usually the changes go so fast it doesn't matter, just play something melodic it will work (Bird did). If it's slower then you may need to work out exactly what changes the rhythm section are playing. If its the usual jam session "waffle" , then the Gb7 works well in most situations, but listen for the bass line. If descending go for Eb to Ebm, if ascending go for Eb to E dim.

If in doubt, don't be too proud to ask. Well. not while actually playing it, but before or after is a good time to discuss what chords they will do.
Great answer!!
 

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I usually approach it from measure 5 and then leave by way of measure 7......sorry, couldn't resist.

Often that Ebmin is thought of as a Ab7---same notes but it gives you a |IV bVII7| progression that you see in a lot of standards.
 

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I usually approach it from measure 5 and then leave by way of measure 7......sorry, couldn't resist.

Often that Ebmin is thought of as a Ab7---same notes but it gives you a |IV bVII7| progression that you see in a lot of standards.
Yeah, the iv-bVII progression is borrowed from the harmony of parallel minor, in this case Bb minor. Very cool and common piece of harmonic formulae. But in rhythm changes, it's just over 2 beats, so you'll see people use either iv or bVII interchangeably.

Personally, I use IV - #iv diminished most of the time.

If you had to think of only one chord, it would be the IV chord. I've seen people just outline that one chord and get away with it.
 
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