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Ice Cream Changes

An ice cream change is a traditional chord progression in Jazz, usually over two measures:

I-vi-ii-V-(I)
An example of an ice cream change is in measure 7 and 8 of "Take the A-Train" (as played by Louis Armstrong).

Ice cream changes can often be placed in the place of a pair of tonic measures leading to the repeat of a section. Thus it figures heavily in traditional 12-bar blues, which usually takes the outline:

I  | I  | I | I

IV | IV | I | I

V  | IV | I | I
Among other substitutions to the standard blues outline, the last four measures can be played as:
V | IV | I - vi | ii - V
which leads the ear back to the tonic at the beginning of the 12-bar progression. This is an ice cream change. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

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