"There Will Never Be Another You" - 32-bar song form, continued

Last week we discussed the most common structure of 32-bar song form, AABA. Another variation on this form is AB, where each section lasts 16 bars. Unlike AABA, in this form both A and B may start with the same melody and harmony, and before changing later on. Some popular standards using this form are "Yesterdays," "Beatiful Love," "All of Me," and "There Will Never Be Another You."

Like many jazz standards, "There Will Never Be Another You" has outlasted the musical that called for its composition. Harry Warren (music) and Mack Gordon (lyrics) wrote the song for the film musical Iceland, in 1942. Entertaining audiences during WWII, the film tells the story of an American soldier falling in love with an Icelandic ice skater. The original version of this song was a slow ballad; however, most jazz musicians play the tune in a medium swing. Listening to the melody, it's easy to pick out the beginning of the A and B sections by the ascending scale-like passage. The two sections only differ in their last five measures. Many musicians have recorded this standard and all jazz musicians are familiar with it.

Explore three different versions of this tune.

Frank Sinatra recorded the song at a slow tempo, similar to the way it would have been heard in the musical. Like the song in the musical, it does not have any instrumental solos.

In the mid-1980s Woody Shaw (trumpet) recorded with the saxophonist Kenny Garrett. This is in the swing style, as jazz musicians commonly interpret the song. Woody Shaw was only a few years away from his death, and Kenny Garrett was at the very beginning of his career.

In 2012, Arturo Sandoval did a live recording for a radio station. The rest of the band is listed in the video description. The playing here is awe-inspiring, hence its 4 million plus views.