Any beginning jazz musician knows the intro to All The Things You Are (Roger Hammerstein) … assuming the key is AbM, first chord of the melody being Fm, the intro goes (in the bassline) A-Ab-Db (Db7alt chord) A-Ab-Db, A-Ab-Db, Ab-G-C (C7alt chord), etc.
My question is who originally did that intro; I’m assuming it’s not Hammerstein himself who wrote that?
My second question is, what’s the proper rhythm? This is a typical source of confusion for beginners and I’m now arguing with a pro over how the rhythm lies in that little intro. I’ve played this tune for years and years and am suddenly doubting myself.
I say, the first note of the intro falls on the And of 3, with the downbeat falling an eighth-note after the 3rd note of the intro. He says otherwise.
The intro is a cliche by now, and it doesn’t really matter how it’s played, so long as all the musicians are in agreement. But how was it done on the first recording of that intro? And who made that first recording?