Learn to Play the Classic Jazz Tune "After You've Gone"
My initial exposure to this tune was through the version by Django Reinhardt, StĂ©phane Grappelli, and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France (included on Django Reinhardt, Volume 3: 1936â€“1937, Swing Guitars). As the Hot Club version is pretty blazing, I was intrigued to come across a much more relaxed and reflective two-beat arrangement by the virtuoso solo pianist Art Tatum (Classic Piano Solos: 1934â€“1937). I therefore felt pretty set up when, a minute and half into the record, Tatum paused, took a breath, and lit into a double-time version of the tune that ate the Hot Clubâ€™s tempo for pĂ©tit dejeuner. The lesson I learned, however, is that â€śAfter Youâ€™ve Goneâ€ť sounds lovely at a more moderate tempo, which is how Iâ€™ve presented it in my arrangement. An eight-bar excerpt is shown above.
Excerpted from Early Jazz and Swing Songs for Guitar