Footprints (7:32)

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Footprints is a jazz standard composed by Wayne Shorter, first appearing on his 1966 album Adam’s Apple.
Whilst in 6/4 metre, it is debatable whether it could be called a jazz waltz, since the feel could be divided into compound duple or simple triple time.
Harmonically, it takes the form of a 12-bar C minor blues, but this is heavily masked not only by its triple time signature but by its avant garde turnaround (series of chords that return back to the main, or I chord).

In the key of C minor, a normal turnaround would be Dm7(b5), G7, Cm7. But Shorter doubles the harmonic rhythm of the turnaround, and the progression reads: F#m7b5, F7#11, Eaug7(#9), A7(#9), Cm7.

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