is it true that this is a required piece for audition at
berklee?  it seems like everyone has played it.
any favorite versions?
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i guess my favorite is the tatum/webster duet.
i like the coltrane version of the tune. great playing by all members
the most famous version is by coleman hawkins:


here's a transcription:

"body and soul" is a popular song written in 1930 by edward heyman, robert sour, frank eyton and johnny green. libby holman introduced it in the revue three's a crowd and was a soundtrack theme in the 1947 film named for the song.

"body and soul" became a jazz standard, with hundreds of versions performed and recorded by dozens of artists. the most famous of these is the take recorded by coleman hawkins and his orchestra on october 11, 1939 at their only recording session for bluebird, a subsidiary of rca victor. hawkins' solo on this take is considered to be "one of the finest examples of pure, spontaneous creative artistry in the history of jazz."[citation needed] it was one of the first straight jazz records (as against swing) to become a commercial hit. this was unusual, as the song's melody is never directly stated in the recording; saxophonist hawkins two-choruses' worth of improvisation on the tune's chord progression constitute almost the entire take.[1] in 2004, the library of congress entered it into the national recording registry.[2]

the pianist on hawkins' recording of the song was gene rodgers.
great tune; i usually cringe a little if it is called on stage however,
    the coltrane version has become so studied and such a popular arrangement that often when people call it they are expecting a piano player to be able to play the mccoy tyner voicings... or at least accurately plug in the countdown substitutions and the minor cliches...
not that i can not do this... but i do need a heads up before a gig to review and practice.  i do practice it before every gig just in case someone wants to do the colrane version of body and soul... there just is not time.  so it is one of those tunes that has gone from a great tune to a bit of pain in the derrieire tune for that reason for me.
typo.... s/b i do not practice before every gig
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