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    September 2017 - In a Sentimental Mood

    Our standard for Sept 2017 will be In a Sentimental Mood - by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, and Manny Kurtz (1935).

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    Jazz Standards Songs and Instrumentals (In a Sentimental Mood)

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    Ethan Iverson on IaSM

    Ethan Iverson on IaSM
    Here's his New Yorker article on it - his analysis of Duke Ellington and Bill Evans' versions - recorded the same night 50 years ago
    Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, and One Night in New York City | The New Yorker

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    Very good article. The New Yorker was always good.

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    So strange. Good things in it though.

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    Here's a bit of the tune, a bit of improv, and some fun with drum machines (starting at 0:27, I took a 2 bar percussion loop and snipped one beat off of it, and then displaced it by an eight note - creating a strange pattern that repeats after 7 bars). Also I recycled parts of my Funny Valentine track.

    Last edited by fuzzthebee; 09-01-2017 at 10:54 PM.

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    Thanks, fuzz, I think you're right. It was actually quite tricky to do the stops without making them too... what... sudden?

    The Ellington/Coltrane version stops the backing till beat 1 but starts with a drum roll on the 3. Ella Fitzgerald does beat 1. Kenny Burrell does beat 1 too. By the way, I don't like Bill Evan's upbeat version much. Don't think it suits.

    Anyway, I've redone it now so this is my submission, previous versions deleted. Thanks for your help. Apologies to those who listened to the first one. Of course, if there's anybody who preferred it without stops, it can be resurrected!*



    * I know it's only important to me but you never know :-)

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    Nice old Tune

    The Duke and many others recorded this tune in the 30's and 40's. I think I'll go for as a bluesey ballad version in D minor.

    wiz (Howie)
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    I,ve played it few years ago with the trio on my D,Aspiranta guitar....:-)

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    Very nice. Good fiddler too. There's so much talent around!

    After the slow one I decided to zip it up a bit... it may have lost some sentimentality en route :-)


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    lovely ballad - here's a recent short live clip..horn's got head + guit solo..


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    Quote Originally Posted by emanresu View Post


    So strange. Good things in it though.
    The turn-around at 2:23 jumped out at me, so I had another listen to the nuts and bolts of it. I guess it's mainly triads with an added note or two:

    Bb7 = G Major triad + C# (giving 3, 13, b9, #9)
    Eb7 = F Major triad + D?!! and G (giving 9, #11, 13, Ma7, 3)
    Ab7 = A minor triad + B (giving 3, b13, b9, #9)

    Of course it's also the way he strings it together and the anticipation of the changes that make it hip, but I still like the note choices.

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    In case, like me, you were wondering :-)


    EWI (an acronym for electronic wind instrument) is the name of AKAI's wind controller, an electronic musical instrument invented by Nyle Steiner.

    September 2017 - In a Sentimental Mood-akai-ewi-usb-249006-jpg

    The early models consisted of two parts: a wind controller and a synthesizer. The current model, EWI4000S, combines the two parts into one, placing the synthesizer in the lower section of the controller.

    It uses the Boehm fingering system and is designed to be similar in action to a soprano saxophone, although players familiar with the clarinet should have no problem adjusting to the fingering; the EWI instruments can also be played with a simpler fingering system that recorder players can play with very little adjustment. Modern instruments also can be switched to flute, oboe and even brass instruments fingering modes.[1] Like a soprano sax, it is straight, and is held in front of the body with a neck strap. The major manufacturers of wind controllers are Akai and Yamaha. Available models include the AKAI EWI3020, AKAI EWI4000s, AKAI EWI USB, Yamaha WX5, Yamaha WX11, Yamaha WX7, and Synthophone. There is also a controller intended to be played by brass instrumentalists called an EVI (for Electronic Valve Instrument) also invented by Nyle Steiner. The Akai EWI4000S has a special EVI mode that allows brass players to play the EWI. More info on the EVI fingering system. There are also homemade and experimental EWIs with different designs.

    The wind controller part of the EWI has a mouthpiece with sensors for air pressure (volume control) and lip pressure (vibrato). The EWI keys do not move, but work through conductivity, sensing the positioning of the fingers by electrical current; this allows for very fast playing. The octave is determined by a set of rollers operated by the left thumb. The wind controller is used to control a synthesizer. Some EWIs have to be attached to a specific synth module, and some have direct output to the MIDI interface. It is also possible to connect the EWI to a Digital Work Station (soundboard) to produce an even larger variety of sounds. Though it is usually associated with jazz/rock fusion and, more recently, with New Age music, the EWI is a musically versatile instrument. The air pressure sensor allows for great dynamic range, especially in combination with an analog synthesizer. Tonal range is also great, usually extending to 8 octaves.

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    from a gig last July, in my signature "drunk guy on a tightrope" style



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    finally got a chance to listen. Nice job everybody. I really dig Kris's solo. This is a great tune to have in the repertoire.

    Iverson's article is great, and that Ellington/Gonsalves version he links to is incredible. His comparison with Evans' version is also very eye (ear)-opening. That Ellington take really makes Evans' sound tame in comparison.
    Last edited by pkirk; 09-09-2017 at 04:40 PM.

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    Time to revisit this, in spite of Florida. Hope fuzz likes that fill :-)



    so bland it's good :-)

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    I suppose one video's de rigour... if it sounds casual it might be because the gas company are digging up the LAWN! Not to worry, it'll grow back quite happily :-)



    Is it me or is it quiet round here at the moment? Hope it's got nothing to do with Florida.

    Last edited by ragman1; 09-14-2017 at 09:04 AM.

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    In A Sentimental Mood (for the forum)

    O.K., Here is my input, a bluesey version in D minor. I created a new BIAB backing track for this one with an 8 bar intro, 3 choruses, and a typical ending (All Real Tracks). The 8 bar intro is basically a repeated, altered 1-6-2-5. I did the three choruses by ear but did not follow the melody too close. I experimented quite a bit with different concepts of Melodic and Harmonic minor so you might hear some strange stuff (Not my normal improv).

    wiz (Howie)

    https://app.box.com/s/x8kgvqp1l3kbe7k0ubrark2535znq0oy
    Howie

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    My first attempt, played some chords under and then melody on top:


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    This is a much 'free-er' version. I wish I was playing a saxophone :-)


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    People used to post backing tracks for us low-life folks who couldn't/wouldn't bother to make our own. That was cool. I know I could make my own and should do so, but anyway.... :-)

    Besides which, it might be cool to hear different versions of backing tracks....

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    Well, that one above was just the YouTube 'Learn Jazz Standards' one. They can always be doctored to shorten them or put in stops etc.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1 View Post
    This is a much 'free-er' version. I wish I was playing a saxophone :-)

    I love the gypsy vibe of that

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