bari - bass - drums / studio
alto - guitar - bass / live
"Sweetpea & Sunshine"
I named this in honor of my older two daughters back when they were 2 & 4 years old — and before they had a baby sister. (As of this writing, they're 16, 14, and 10!)
This is a lyrical waltz in a simple 16-bar AB structure. But, it has a nice "second ending" to use to wrap up solos and give a little more melodic unity throughout the greater form.
It's very approachable for improvisation, with 8 bars each of F major & Ab major.
Incidentally, Sweetpea was recognized by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts with a generous and prestigious Fellowship in Jazz Composition. (My tunes Mirage, Fantasia on an Ellington Theme, and Running Free also have this same distinction).
Grab these lead sheets and give 'em a read-through with your coconspirators. As always, you'll find transpositions in the typical keys.