People often ask what is my favorite song to play. That’s a hard one to answer since it seems to change from month to month. But right now, my favorite tune is Autumn Leaves. It is a beautiful tune that has become a jazz and pop standard over several decades.
Autumn Leaves was originally called “Les Feuilles Mortes” which means the dead leaves. I think the new name change went in the right direction! Joseph Kosma, (French composer) and Jacques Prevert (French poet) wrote the song in 1945. Shortly after that in 1946, the song had its debut in the film Les Portes de la Nuit (Gates of the Night).
I have heard many different versions of the song both folk and jazz and must say, they are all fabulous! I’ve been working on my version and recently completed an arrangement for violin and guitar (video/audio to be coming out soon).
Until then, here is a beautiful version of Autumn Leaves with string bass, electric guitar, and piano by Les Paul’s Trio. Enjoy!
I'm curious to know if you liked the arrangement? If you have the time, please comment below.
“A Beautiful Jazz Tune – Autumn Leaves” author: Suzy, violinist and founder of Vogue Violin www.vogueviolin.com