If you have played more than one or two jam sessions, then you have played this tune. "Almost Like Being in Love" is one of the most popular, heavily played standards. Standards are often played in a variety of styles. the improviser should be comfortable crafting solos that match the style. Here we have three radically different styles. Try to bring a different attitude to each style.
The first one is a fast-moving jazz-rock 6/8 style. This is good practice for adjusting a melody to fit a different beat pattern. The chord changes move quickly in this high-energy style.
The second is a laid-back smooth jazz style. Try to play fewer notes and be more expressive with each note.
Both of those tracks begin with a 9-bar intro -- hey, it doesn't always have to be 4 or 8. The song form is AABA with the AAB sections each being 8 bars. The final A has an extension that makes it 12 bars. After the final chorus, we fall into an 8-bar vamp for open soloing.
The third version is a straightforward Dixieland arrangement. There is a 4-bar intro and no open vamp at the end.
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