What is of interest to me here, is the lovely open sound this intro has. There's lot's of space and the chords are very pure. It's so hard to put words on music like this, so just take a listen instead.
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It really hard to add chord symbols to this transcription because some chords are inversions, substitutions or passing chords. There's still a few blanks where you can fill in the spaces and please let me know if you see any of the chords differently.
One of the most common forms for jazz standards is the 32 bar A-A-B-A format which "Reflections" also uses. What I can't figure out here is why Kurt's intro is 12 bars long. It sounds to me like he's starting the A section in bar number 5. But what about the first 4 bars? Are they just freely improvised or do they relate to the tune somehow?
Below is the leadsheet for Reflections.
|Leadsheet for Reflections|
I have also transcribed the intro from another recording of "Reflections". This one I found on YouTube and it's from Chris' Jazz Club Philadelphia, recorded in December 2004. Unlike the first example this one is only 8 bars.