i want to woodshed this weekend playing uptempo standards in bb. i can't think of a lot of standards in bb that would fall in the top 40 essential jazz standards category. it seems they are mostly in eb, c or f and some in g. not so many in bb... help me out here, i feel like i am losing my memory...

up tempo:

rhythm changes (various heads)
stella by starlight
autumn leaves
if i should lose you
it don't mean a thing
just in time

medium tempo:

there is no greater love
someday my prince will come
after you've gone

everything happens to me
my foolish heart
a time for love
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for what it's worth, i don't usually think of tunes as being in this key or that key.  i like to play them in different keys whenever i play.  if  ya wanna wood shed bb, then why not play all your faves in bb this weekend?
i do think of standards being in common keys, i don't have time to take every tune through bb. i have settled on this medley:

autumn leaves
i got rhythm  
someday my prince will come
there is no greater love
i just spent the last 2 hours doing an exercise i made up for myself whereby i solo continuously over a nonstop medley of the chords changes for the common tunes in bb without charts: there is no greater love, someday my prince will come (4/4), autumn leaves (with max. substitutions), stella by starlight, rhythm changes, perdido and cherokee. i do one chorus of each and then go straight into the next tune without pause. i do my lines in a bebop style for a while and then i do them in a jazz style that avoids bebop cliches. i practices long continuous lines that tend to target chords tones and also short phrases, back and forth. i have been playing the left hand like a cut time modern stride: root on beat 1 and rootless left hand voicing on beat 3 at tempo 163. i alternate the stride by playing detached quarter notes in the left hand and then sometimes with various pedalings for a more legato left hand effect. am i being clear? wow, my bb soloing chops are way up as a result. i get rusty because i am at a level where i can forgo practicing most of the time but sometimes i feel the need to hit the woodshed and do some training to get things back in shape
let us know when put that on youtube so we can all see/hear you doing it:)
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