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    I’m getting ready to release and record four CDs worth of jazz standards. Half have been recorded already. Early November we’re going to record another 20 odd tunes. What do you think I should record?

    The plan is to release four volumes over the course of 2020. I’ll probably have enough for a volume 5. I don’t want to get ahead of my skis.


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    Is physical product even relevant anymore? Biggest market seems to be selling them at shows, as long as you're gigging.

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    Whether it’s a physical product or not. I find that it’s still important. At least it was for my last release. Radio and print prefer CDs.


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    Humpty Dumpty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomcat View Post
    Humpty Dumpty
    Man! I took that off the list!


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    Looking forward to them, Henry. An album or two dedicated to Torch Songs, man! The Torchier, the better.

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    I wish I could suggest something. These days, it seems like to me it does not matter when it comes to Jazz, since the artistic interpretation is so critical. I might hear one version from an artist, and not like it, while another artist's version knocks my socks off.Regardless, I am definitely interested in hearing what you and that great rhythm section come up with.Best of luck!

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    torch songs? - i've just been reading damon runyon - he mentions torch songs - and speaks of 'carrying the torch'. see 'the snatching of bookie bob' from more than somewhat :

    'Well, naturally, we finally get around to torch songs, as guys who are singing in quartet are bound to do, especially at four o'clock in the morning, a torch song being a song which guys sing when they have the big burnt-up feeling inside themselves over a battle with their dolls.
    When a guy has a battle with his doll, such as his sweetheart, or even his ever-loving wife, he certainly feels burnt up inside himself, and can scarcely think of anything much. In fact, I know guys who are carrying the torch to walk ten miles and never now they go an inch. It is surprising how much ground a guy can cover just walking around and about, wondering if his doll is out with some other guy, and everybody knows that at four o'clock in the morning the torch is hotter than at any other time of the day.')

    that kind of torch song?

    anyway - a suggestion?
    how about

    my ship

    here's a cool version:


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    wow - just heard this for the first time - the sweep of that last phrase is very beautiful

    and there's Johnny hartman with barry galbraith on guitar



    i'm just on a 'my ship' trip - excuse me

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    LOL. I love My Ship. Miles' version wins my heart.

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    New Rhumba


    Gloomy Sunday


    Skating In Central Park
    Have I found it yet? I said that but I didn’t knew it. Did I knew that I had found it yet? No, it wasn’t what I was looking for. Nevermind. Ok.

    -Pataphysical monologue based on Cartesian theory

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    The general vibe is not torch songs or ballads. Modern bop I’d say. Moment s Notice, Donna Lee. Stella for sure


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    Shadow of your Smile , Man that got Away, Nearness of You - three current favs - oops didnt see the last post

    Will

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    Shadow of your smile is definitely on the list. But I like playing it as a swing tune.


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    Not a bop tune, but how about The End Of A Love Affair? I like it for its unconventional 40 bar form. On some versions they play it as AABAA during solos until each soloist's last chorus when they use the head's AABAC form. Dexter (album "Dexter Calling") played it with a double time feel. Maybe check out the Billy Bean "The Trio" version and tell me if that doesn't get you wanting to play this tune?

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    Watch What Happens - Michel LeGrand

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    Quote Originally Posted by DerekD View Post
    Watch What Happens - Michel LeGrand
    I’m a member of a local swing orchestra and that song is a part of our main repertoire. It’s a lovely song with beautiful harmonies and modulations.
    Have I found it yet? I said that but I didn’t knew it. Did I knew that I had found it yet? No, it wasn’t what I was looking for. Nevermind. Ok.

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    Watch What Happens. Yeah. It's been a long time since I've play that one. I'm not a huge fan of bossas. There are some songs that sound too much like a cocktail lounge jazz group. Nothing against the tune. Great tune. My aunt used to play it all the time. And so did I in the beginning. I tend to be harder edged, I think. Along Came Betty, I Hear a Rhapsody, It Could Happen To You, Invitation as a swing.

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    But now it’s in my head. Maybe Watch What Happens. Lol.


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    What about ”Minor Swing”?
    Have I found it yet? I said that but I didn’t knew it. Did I knew that I had found it yet? No, it wasn’t what I was looking for. Nevermind. Ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bbmaj7#5#9 View Post
    What about ”Minor Swing”?
    Hm. Too guitaristic. It’s like I already recorded Nuages but I don’t know. Too guitar. I’m not really a guitar guy guitar player. Does that make sense? I’m more Rollins, Coltrane, Miles. The tradition of jazz rather than the tradition of jazz guitar.


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    Quote Originally Posted by henryrobinett View Post
    Hm. Too guitaristic. It’s like I already recorded Nuages but I don’t know. Too guitar. I’m not really a guitar guy guitar player. Does that make sense? I’m more Rollins, Coltrane, Miles. The tradition of jazz rather than the tradition of jazz guitar.


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    Countdown!
    Have I found it yet? I said that but I didn’t knew it. Did I knew that I had found it yet? No, it wasn’t what I was looking for. Nevermind. Ok.

    -Pataphysical monologue based on Cartesian theory

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bbmaj7#5#9 View Post
    Countdown!
    LOL!! Way above my pay grade!!!


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    I thought about Giant Steps, but at the last minute I know I’d chicken out and do it as a bossa. I’m considering Lazy Bird, Moments Notice and Grand Central Station though!


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    Would love to hear you doing Very Early and Pork Pie Hat

    Will

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillMbCdn5 View Post
    Would love to hear you doing Very Early and Pork Pie Hat

    Will
    Ah! I thought about both of those! But I think I’d prefer “Turn Out The Stars” instead of Very Early. Yeah. Great tunes. Pork Pie maybe has been overdone? And you’re right. I think I should do it. Or Reincarnation of a Lovebird?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hep To The Jive View Post
    Nica's Dream
    Good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1 View Post
    Cool list. Is this ranked in order of popularity?


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    Invitation
    Lucky Southern
    Sweet Georgia Bright
    Well You Needn't
    Reincarnation of a Lovebird

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmic gumbo View Post
    Invitation
    Lucky Southern
    Sweet Georgia Bright
    Well You Needn't
    Reincarnation of a Lovebird
    I recorded Invitation. I think that’s going to be on volume 1.

    Lucky Southern? Nice tune but it’s kind of a Real Book tune, if you know what I mean.

    Sweet Georgia Bright - I don’t like the melody but I love playing on it for a fast tune. I have probably too many fast tunes already.

    Well You Needn’t. Yeah. Maybe.

    Reincarnation? YEAH. Thanks. It’s now on the practice table. I used to play it so it shouldn’t be too hard to resurrect.


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    Quote Originally Posted by henryrobinett View Post
    Cool list. Is this ranked in order of popularity?
    It says 'Most frequently recorded'. That's in the 'Overview' section. The default display is by 'Rank', whatever that means. There are alternate views under Title and Year.

    Preparing to record a bunch of jazz standards-js-songs-jpg


    But we don't know how long ago the list was compiled, of course.

    I'm not sure it matters, standards are standards. It's a good list and may remind one of tunes unknown or just forgotten.

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    Here's my list of standards for recording. The first groupings have already been recorded. I commence the next series of recordings to the remainder this Friday! Wish me luck!

    I Hear A Rhapsody
    Yellow Days
    The Days Of Wine and Roses
    The Way You Look Tonight
    Ill Wind
    East of the Sun
    Invitation
    Soul Eyes
    Why Do I Love You?
    Pinocchio

    On The Street Where You Live
    Body and Soul
    Milestones (first version)
    How Am I To Know?
    I Thought About You
    I Love You
    San Francisco Holiday
    Monk’s Mood
    Nuages
    Yours Is My Heart Alone
    It Could Happen To You

    Airegin
    All The Things You Are
    Along Came Betty
    Autumn Leaves
    Bye Bye Blackbird
    Cherokee
    Criss Cross
    Daahoud
    Domingo
    Donna Lee
    Evidence
    Footprints
    Full Moon and Empty Arms.
    Grand Central Station
    Green Dolphin Street
    Have You Met Miss Jones?
    I Mean You
    Insensatez (How Insensitive)
    Joshua
    Just Friends
    Lazy Bird
    Moments Notice
    Moon River
    Nardis
    Reincarnation of a Lovebird
    Rhythm-A-Ning
    The Shadow of Your Smile
    Stella by Starlight
    There Will Never Be Another You
    Voyage (Kenny Barron)
    Wail
    Windows