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    This is my version of "Round Midnight". I alway struggle with melody line for this song. The backing track is BIAB Bill Evans trio style with a 2 bar intro, 4 choruses and a standard 2 bar ending. Although I played this one by ear, I hear mostly Eb minor sounds for it. The first chorus is me comping the other 3 are improv. Sorry for the noisy background, my video approach isn't ready yet. All comments are helpful to me, please review this and give me your thoughts.

    wiz

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    Last edited by Kman; 07-05-2011 at 06:38 PM.

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    very nice, Kman! I love your tone and the octaves added a lot at just the right time. I must listen to your good improv again to pick up some of your nice lines. Thanks very much for posting.

    wiz
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    Wiz nice job it gets better as the improv progresses
    Kman - I couldn't access the link :-(

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    Thanks Jay, I'm still not real comfortable with my improv on the song. You have submitted a very nice uptempo version. I especially like the chord melody from the first chorus. Thanks for posting.

    wiz
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    Good job guys. K-man I could not access you link either.

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    Wow...I'm starting to second guess the idea of posting a version. I really enjoyed these.
    Wiz...yours really picked up steam along the way. The improv was great. The stuff around the 6:30+ mark especially. You mentioned struggling with the melody to this song, and I do too. I've only had a small chance to play with it, but the melody isn't coming easy.
    K-man, I'm having trouble accessing yours, too.
    Jay, that was great. You move between single notes and chords really well. I almost wish the backing track wasn't there at the beginning. The improv was great too, but chord melody is what I'm focusing on, so that beginning really grabbed my attention.
    Really good stuff guys. I spent some time on this song last night, and I must admit, it's not coming easy. Hopefully I'll be able to get something together in a timely manner...and hopefully it won't suck too bad.
    Last edited by morroben; 07-05-2011 at 06:50 PM.

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    Awesome! These are great. I was especially impressed by Kman's version. It was so smooth
    Jazz isn't dead, it just smells funny!
    -Frank Zappa

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizard3739 View Post
    This is my version of "Round Midnight". I alway struggle with melody line for this song. The backing track is BIAB Bill Evans trio style with a 2 bar intro, 4 choruses and a standard 2 bar ending. Although I played this one by ear, I hear mostly Eb minor sounds for it. The first chorus is me comping the other 3 are improv. Sorry for the noisy background, my video approach isn't ready yet. All comments are helpful to me, please review this and give me your thoughts.

    wiz

    round midnight improv..mp3 - File Shared from Box.net - Free Online File Storage

    Wiz, I listened to yours and there are some really nice moments in it, especially when you played off the melody. You're on the verge. I would keep practicing the song. You have a nice sound and touch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayx123 View Post

    Nice job Jay. I enjoyed the up tempo version and you play the melody perfectly.

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    10x guys
    Kman I finally could hear you take, I really like your minimalistic approach.

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    Here's mine...



    Hope you all enjoy.

    Really enjoyed what I heard so far...Howie, I love that tone...I also like the way you record these with the comping then the solo or melody...very informative...

    Kman, what can I say? great feel...really captures what this tune is all about.

    Jay, I missed yours, I'm gonna go back and check it out now.
    Jeff Matz, Jazz Guitar:
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    "Jazz is like life...it goes on longer than you think, and as soon as you're like 'oh, I get it,' it ends."

    --The Ghost of Duke Ellington

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    AH, jay that was great...all kinds of cool chords going on...really liked when the single note line kicked in too, good strong entrance, fat, fat, tone...
    Jeff Matz, Jazz Guitar:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/jeffreymatz

    "Jazz is like life...it goes on longer than you think, and as soon as you're like 'oh, I get it,' it ends."

    --The Ghost of Duke Ellington

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    Very nice Mr B!

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    That was very nice Jeff. Good dynamics. You brought it up nicely and then back down. A lot of variety, very interesting. I'll be listening to that again.
    Last edited by Kman; 07-06-2011 at 04:10 PM.

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    very nice chord melody Mr. B! I really like how your bass lines always seem to be in the right place to augment the sound of your nice chord voicings. That is a nice looking Kay, and you give the sound it deserves. Sounds like it would great to use behind a singer.

    wiz
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    Thanks gents.

    Yeah Jay, that's my Kay "Master Cutaway," whith a DeArmond "Guitar Mike" pickup, which I actually bought from a forum member a year or so ago (who also had a Hofner New Pres. I should have bought that day too, but I digress..)

    It's a really cool guitar...fattest neck I've ever seen (but narrow nutwidth) and tiny little frets...it's not the easiest guitar to play that I own, but it's sound is worth it--plug it into a tube amp (I used a princeton in this recording) and it's an instant classic jazz tone...I felt like it was a perfect guitar to play this tune on...

    And yeah Howie, it's killer for backing up a singer...makes me feel all Barney Kessel.
    Jeff Matz, Jazz Guitar:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/jeffreymatz

    "Jazz is like life...it goes on longer than you think, and as soon as you're like 'oh, I get it,' it ends."

    --The Ghost of Duke Ellington

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    [quote=mr. beaumont;155867]Here's mine...



    Hope you all enjoy.

    Jeff,

    Loved it! Very ascertive in your approach, just great.

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    Mr Beaumont, FLAWLESS! That was so nice man
    Jazz isn't dead, it just smells funny!
    -Frank Zappa

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    Nice, Jeff.

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    Thanks again you guys...

    Hopefully we'll get a few more and then we can discuss this one...there's so many ways to harmonize this tune...I know "my way" is different than the real book, which is different from howie's chart which is different from other charts I've seen...

    Just one of the best tunes ever written, imho...
    Jeff Matz, Jazz Guitar:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/jeffreymatz

    "Jazz is like life...it goes on longer than you think, and as soon as you're like 'oh, I get it,' it ends."

    --The Ghost of Duke Ellington

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    You guys are fast! And good! I'm still trying to get this song together.
    Really nice, Jeff....great playing and great tone. I like the way I can hear the separate movements of the bass and melody...doesn't just sound like chords rolling by. I'm hoping you'll make a chord melody lesson for your website someday.
    KMan, I was able to get yours to play today. Great playing, and the tone and feel added even more. I think it's the most "smokey bar room" version so far. That's how I always think of this song, so I enjoyed it a lot.

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    Sorry guys, I haven't listened to your takes on this tune... yet. I want to try to do my own first and I don't want to be influenced - yet. I'm not going to listen to Monks version either... yet. (I'm still trying to get a recording set-up going at the Hospital, on my wifes old laptop, with a Squier Strat, and I have be to fairly quiet, I'm in the hospital grounds studio apartments now)

    In the meantime I thought I'd post my analysis hoping this might start a discussion. Underneath the systems, I wrote in the way I like to think of things when the standard jazz analysis doesn't do it for me. It's really about how I'm hearing where the progressions are going.

    Oops forgot the obvious... This is an A A B A, each section being 8 measures long.

    Edit: Made some corrections




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    Last edited by fep; 07-07-2011 at 08:09 PM. Reason: Needed some corrections

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    Sorry to hear your are in the hostpital Fep. Get well soon. At least you have your guitar with you.

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    fep-

    Thanks for the chart. Each tune you guys tackle I download the sheet or find it in the fake book and hack my way through it..... just starting out, might eventually get to something worth posting, but I always enjoy these threads. It's especially nice when there is a more in depth discussion of some of the choices made and the theory behind the different styles. This sheet is invaluable for a newbie like me on a more complicated piece like this. It's genuinely appreciated.

    Great job, guys, I've really enjoyed everyone's take so far. Keep the recordings coming (as he retreats back to lurking distance....)

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    Good job Frank, your analysis looks spot on to me. I think mostly in terms of eb minor with many opportunities to slip outside briefly and also use some interesting chord subs. The melody line is so strong that my ear tells me to play around with it or harmonize lines around it.

    wiz
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kman View Post
    Sorry to hear your are in the hostpital Fep. Get well soon. At least you have your guitar with you.
    Hey Kman, just got back from the Dr appointment and just got good news. It seems my bone marrow transplant is started to kick in and producing blood and no cancer, I'm approaching six months at the hospital and it looks like I may finally be going home soon. Fingers are crossed.

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    Damn, frank that would be great news...positive (swingin') vibes sent your way.
    Jeff Matz, Jazz Guitar:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/jeffreymatz

    "Jazz is like life...it goes on longer than you think, and as soon as you're like 'oh, I get it,' it ends."

    --The Ghost of Duke Ellington

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    Yeah, no doubt - my fingers are crossed too!

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    That is very good news, Frank!

    wiz
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    I have now listened through the versions offered by wiz, kman and mr b. These guys are great, I hope I havent missed anyone, but if I did it will delight me to be able to hear some more and get inspiration. Much more than all that, get well fep! I didnt know but that was great news!

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    Fep: thanks for the analysis; I badly need that with this tune. It has a fantastic athmospheric melody that reeks of midnight melancholy but the chords are relentless and your analysis helps a lot. NIce to hear about the treatment results!
    Des

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    How do you print a copy of the image shack analysis? I too would like a good copy of the song, I have at least one bad copy.

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    Hey hey, thanks for all the well wishes my friends.

    Quote Originally Posted by 0zoro View Post
    How do you print a copy of the image shack analysis? I too would like a good copy of the song, I have at least one bad copy.
    Here's a pdf of the analysis that you can print

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    I went looking for ideas and inspiration and found this


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramps View Post
    I went looking for ideas and inspiration and found this

    That can't be jazz...he's playing on a Les Paul.

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    I've heard jazz played on a conch shell. Traumatic, but I got over it. ;-)
    Last edited by Gramps; 07-08-2011 at 05:37 PM.

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    Don is an awesome player & teacher. He was teaching at G.I.T. when I met him in 1978. I have not been in contact with him for about 30 years but I remember him well because he ( his trio) played the grand opening of my teaching studio in Huntington Beach, Ca., circa 1979. His version of 'Round Midnight is beautifully done and demonstrates his mastery of reharmoniztion techniques.

    wiz
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    Been kind of busy to post lately, but great sounding stuff everyone!!

    Here is some ultra inspiration for the jazz guitar masses. Care of Jim Hall.



    I really hope to have the time to post soon myself.

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    IMHO, master Jim has created an intelligent, inspiring, sensitive and beautiful musical language that many of us will spend a lifetime trying to learn.

    wiz
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gramps View Post
    I went looking for ideas and inspiration and found this

    Very nice! Thanks, Gramps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizard3739 View Post
    IMHO, master Jim has created an intelligent, inspiring, sensitive and beautiful musical language that many of us will spend a lifetime trying to learn.

    wiz
    Hear hear!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fep View Post
    Hey Kman, just got back from the Dr appointment and just got good news. It seems my bone marrow transplant is started to kick in and producing blood and no cancer, I'm approaching six months at the hospital and it looks like I may finally be going home soon. Fingers are crossed.


    Fep that's great to hear. My prayers for you on a speedy recovery. Keep swingin' brother.

    “Most guys at Berklee are going to wind up truck drivers…” – Pat Metheny

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    Hey Fep, i just wanted to say i admire your positive attitude,we are lucky to have music in our lives,i believe in music having great healing properties.I really do hope you get back to full strength soon .After reading many of your posts on here i believe you are a good human being with a lot to give to the world.I will be adding to those positive vibes that mr B is sending.Take care of yourself man.Peace.

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    2nd to all those comments gingerjazz... The world need more Franks.
    Getting back to tune, I'll post something later to day. But was wondering, (I do that a lot)... What or how would anyone like me to post Round Midnight... I'll play a couple or whatever... anyway, I made quick vids of last tunes, You Go to My Head and In Your own Sweet Way, Just read through, I know IYOSW but never play YGTMH and there were a few notes and changes that I didn't quite hear right... but there old news anyway... Best Reg


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    Thanks for posting Reg, Both tunes are well done with your usual good feel and always a nice groove. I , for one, would appreciate your version of "Round Midnight". I always learn from your good videos.

    wiz
    Last edited by wizard3739; 07-11-2011 at 11:12 AM.
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    Here's a short version of Round Midnight

    I recorded Steve Kuhn's "The Real Guitarist"... just for... who knows,

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    Hey Reg, Both tunes were excellent! Thank you so much for posting these. This is another good learning opportunity for many of us. I love the groove which is always present in your music.

    wiz
    Howie