"mercy mercy mercy" plays very well as a solo piano piece. i can't think of any other tunes quite as great for a funky solo piano gig. i know the others like watermelon man, cantalope island, the sidewinder, chameleon , moanin', the in crowd, people make the world go round, fever, some of joe sample's original tunes,  etc... have i missed any ???  

but none of them seem to play solo piano as well as "mercy, mercy, mercy."
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what about "i'm in with the in crowd"?
yours looks pretty good. that's quite an awkward thing to play.  you might try ending it with 2 3 - that seems easier to me, but everybody's different:)
i think "i'm in with the in crowd" is a fast swing tune. i am looking for even eighths groove tunes like mercy mercy mercy.
thanks dr. whack
ending with 2 3 works fine.

i agree it's a little awkward but sounds really good. both hands should play the same phrase at the same time.

if you have the opportunity to hear the song, check it out.  
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isn't "i'm in with the in crowd" that old dobey gray hit that ramsey lewis recorded?  that would work well as it did for ramsey
the good dr. is right.  i am partial to the ramsey lewis recording
i see the confusion here..."i'm in with the in crowd" is usually called simply "the in crowd" and i listed it in my original post. it also is the name of a swing tune used on the crosby show on tv.
"ode to billy joe"
"big chief"
billy taylor's 'i wish i knew how it feels to be free' - used as the theme tune for the bbc tv film review show.
these tunes can be played kind of funky too:

glory glory hallelujah
when the saints go marching in

of course don't forget great herbie tunes like watermelon man, chameleon, and cantaloupe island.

mister magic by grover washington is a good one.

little sunflower by freddie hubbard.

sun shower by kenny barron

hard day's night, beatles

also, try composing some funky tunes. keep them simple, short, and easy, that's how you compose a hit tune like that.
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i'm thinking stevie's i wish - funky bass line with a nice high contrast right hand.

it interesting that you cited the tunes watermelon man, cantalope island, the sidewinder, chameleon , moanin', the in crowd, etc., in your original posting.  they appear to be from a particular musical period in jazz history.

was that era called the hard bop or modal jazz period?

just a question from a novice jazz pianist


take 5 , if you can get the left hand do the bass ,streetlife by joe sample,agua de beber and mas que nada can be done too
"mo better blues" by branford marsalis is another one that's definitely in that bag. huge fun to play solo on the piano  

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