Example2 Dexter Gordon
An interesting feature of this Dexter Gordon chorus is his repeated use of major 7ths over dominant 7th chords. Gordon begins with a sort of four-note interrupted indirect resolution motif around each of the notes of an F major arpeggio over the F7, then moves between F and Bb7 over the Bb7, moving down chromatically and outlining Bb6 (or Gm7) on beats 3 and 4. Over the F7, he returns to his initial pattern around F major, moving up Cm7 in anticipation of the chord change, then over the Cm7 comes down in 3rds in C Dorian (with a surprise F# thrown in) over the Cm7 and outlines F7 and F7b9 over the F7 resolving to the 3rd (D) and 5th (F) on the Bb7. He suggests Fm over the Bb7 and moves up Bb Mixolydian, then in the next bar comes down Bb6 (or Gm7), moving back up chromatically, then down Bb minor. Over the F7 and Eb7 he plays around the F Major scale, then ascends in D Mixolydian over the D7 moving to G Dorian over the Gm7 with a chromatic passing note, and outlines C7b9 resolving to F major over the C7. On the Am7b5 he suggests F major and D7 altered, moving down chromatically to outline Bbmaj9 (or Gm11) over the D7#9 and Gm7.