Nardis Piano Tutorial
In this lesson we will create a solo piano arrangement of the tune “Nardis”. This is a great example of a modal tune that also contains parts that can be seen as tonal harmony.
The tune follows a 32 bar AABA form and was written in 1958 during Miles Davis’ modal period. This song has also come to be associated with pianist Bill Evans.
Recordings To Study
There are a number of famous recordings to study for this tune. It’s good to start with the first recording of this tune on the album “Portrait Of Cannonball”
The most notable Bill Evans versions to check out are his trio recording at Birdland, the version on his album “Explorations”, his solo piano recording on the album “Solo Sessions Vol 1” and finally his version recording at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
The first 2 chords are a very common movement in modal harmony. A minor chord moving up a half step to a major chord.
Explore the different options for bar 7. We can play Emaj7, E7, or even F/E.
We can visualise the entire bridge harmony in the key of C major, this can help to memorise and internalise the harmony.