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    December 2017 - Oh, Lady Be Good!

    I usually try to start the new posts around noon-ish (my time) on the last day of the month. But, I'm in a class tomorrow, so I'm posting a bit earlier.

    Our standard for Dec 2017 will be Oh, Lady Be Good! - by George & Ira Gershwin (1924).

    Background:
    Jazz Standards Songs and Instrumentals (Oh, Lady Be Good!)

    Contrafacts:
    Dewey Square - Charlie Parker
    Fats Blows - Fats Navarro
    Hackensack - Thelonius Monk
    Rifftide - Coleman Hawkins

    I'm even providing you a little holiday present. The zipped file contains some rough leadsheets of the various contrafacts:
    http://www.noiseinthebasement.com/pdf/contrafacts.zip

    See if that helps or provides motivation.

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    Great standard.
    Thanks
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    Thanks for Holiday present...

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    There is short take made about 20 years ago...sorry my solo was cut...

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    Will one a month be okay? Just some fun :-)

    Last edited by ragman1; 12-01-2017 at 11:59 AM.

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    This is my take with midi string orchestra.Slow tempo and very "Wes" octaves.
    Relax and have a nice day!
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    https://app.box.com/s/hegdt4nyewz82gh3p4jphymk2o8cgo23

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    Very nice, Kris.

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    Hi,
    I/ve found on my old computer take with me and vocal / studio recording/...quite good take I think.
    It was 10 years ago...
    Interesting-this take is with oryginal intro. I hope you like it... I am not sure about Polish-American akcent...

    https://app.box.com/s/06cxv92qti3xfud8hyie36wyif5c7k9d

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    Are all jazzers incurable romantics?

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    According to my limited dataset yes, they are.

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    Warts and all (unprepared - worked out in real time):

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1 View Post
    Will one a month be okay? Just some fun :-)
    Whats that bass sound?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vladan View Post
    What's that bass sound?
    Lines played on the bottom strings lowered down an octave by technology. It's my bass solo :-)

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    Lady Be Good is one of my favorite old-school standards - great lyrics, too! You can really swing on this song. I didn't realize that Dewey Square is a contrafact either.

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    Arguably the most studied solo in jazz?


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    Quote Originally Posted by kris View Post
    Hi,
    I/ve found on my old computer take with me and vocal / studio recording/...quite good take I think.
    It was 10 years ago...
    Interesting-this take is with oryginal intro. I hope you like it... I am not sure about Polish-American akcent...

    https://app.box.com/s/06cxv92qti3xfud8hyie36wyif5c7k9d
    Really nice, kris! Good bassist. Nicely recorded, too. Like the little Coltrane turnaround between the first two A-sections. Guitar sounds great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by M-ster View Post
    Really nice, kris! Good bassist. Nicely recorded, too. Like the little Coltrane turnaround between the first two A-sections. Guitar sounds great!
    Thanks a lot M-ster.
    Jazzingly Yours
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    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77 View Post
    'Sup Jordan?

    Damn! That Lester Young solo is humbling.

    Thanks for posting it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77 View Post
    'Sup Jordan?

    This was a homework assignment from Scofield. One of the coolest things I ever saw was Sco blowing over a blues but intentionally bringing up ideas from this solo at every turn... just morphing them to fit the 12 bar form. But quoting so many different parts of it... fluidly... like they were just part of his own lines. So sick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jordanklemons View Post
    This was a homework assignment from Scofield. One of the coolest things I ever saw was Sco blowing over a blues but intentionally bringing up ideas from this solo at every turn... just morphing them to fit the 12 bar form. But quoting so many different parts of it... fluidly... like they were just part of his own lines. So sick.
    Sco spoke about this in his NYU Steinhardt interview - when teaching, he once made an entire class(himself too) learn this solo. Were you in that class?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pushkar000 View Post
    Sco spoke about this in his NYU Steinhardt interview - when teaching, he once made an entire class(himself too) learn this solo. Were you in that class?
    Yep. I was in that class. In fact I was in the inaugural semester of that class. It was pretty wild. It was labelled as an "improv" class, so not all guitar players. There was I think like 6 or 8 of us, and only a couple guitar players in there.

    I got to spend a year with him. Took that class, played with him in his ensemble, and got a small amount of one-on-one time with him. The guy interviewing him, Dr. Schroeder, is the head of the program. Amazing cat. Doing amazing thing for the NYC scene, its players, and the students here. He's really turned NYU into (I think) one of the heaviest guitar schools in the world. John Scofield, Peter Bernstein, Adam Rogers, Brad Shepik, Wayne Krantz, Randy Johnston, Bruce Arnold... not to mention all the insane non-guitar players teaching there that we could study privately and play with... plus all the other guys they brought in for masterclasses.
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    practising Lady be good with dr loop

    One take with drums only on nylon string:
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    Quote Originally Posted by jordanklemons View Post
    This was a homework assignment from Scofield. One of the coolest things I ever saw was Sco blowing over a blues but intentionally bringing up ideas from this solo at every turn... just morphing them to fit the 12 bar form. But quoting so many different parts of it... fluidly... like they were just part of his own lines. So sick.
    I know Sco chose this solo for a class, so is familiar with it.

    In London live many who think that checking out old jazz like this is irrelevant to becoming 'hip contemporary jazz guitarist.' It is likely I will encounter many in my teaching post next year :-)

    I will use this as an example of why they are stupid.

    It won't make any difference lol.
    Last edited by christianm77; 12-11-2017 at 06:17 PM.

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    Warne Marsh's warm up was to play one selected Lester Young solo in a random key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77 View Post
    I know Sco chose this solo for a class, so is familiar with it.

    In London live many who think that checking out old jazz like this is irrelevant to becoming 'hip contemporary jazz guitarist.' It is likely I will encounter many in my teaching post next year :-)

    I will use this as an example of why they are stupid.

    It won't make any difference lol.
    I dig very much your teaching style. ‘You are all stupid and I’m going to prove it to you’.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grahambop View Post
    I dig very much your teaching style. ‘You are all stupid and I’m going to prove it to you’.
    I'm thinking by starting out jaded and grumpy I will save myself the inevitable slide.

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    Unless they are really good, in which case I shall use this as a trivial way of taking them down a peg to assuage my jealousy :-)

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    Hey Jordan it’s interesting that Sco has only recently learned the solo himself and yet was able to quote freely from it in his lines making it sound totally natural.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77 View Post
    Hey Jordan it’s interesting that Sco has only recently learned the solo himself and yet was able to quote freely from it in his lines making it sound totally natural.
    How can you possibly know at what time Sco learned that solo?
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    When did he say so? It was not mentioned in this thread.

    you probably mean this, at 15 45:



    where you went from here:

    Quote Originally Posted by pushkar000 View Post
    Sco spoke about this in his NYU Steinhardt interview - when teaching, he once made an entire class(himself too) learn this solo. Were you in that class?
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    Yeah in the interview, but didn’t someone mention it above? Maybe I’m finally losing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77 View Post
    Yeah in the interview, but didn’t someone mention it above? Maybe I’m finally losing it.
    I was in the inaugural class. I do remember seeing John reading off the page a couple of times early in the class... so I don't know if he had it entirely internalized yet or not. Maybe he did and just hadn't played it in a while and needed to remind himself of some fingering or something. Who knows?

    But I gotta say... hope he won't mind me talking about him or for him... but if there was only one thing I took away from spending time hanging and playing with him... that dude practices like A BEAST! And he's a big advocate of encouraging other musicians to really hit the shed hard too. I know he seems like one of those guys that just has a super-unique voice and flows and must have just been a complete natural his entire life. But he hits the shed HARD.
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    The best version of Lady Be Good that I've ever heard is this one:

    That's one of the swingingest tunes you will ever hear. With guitar content, no less.

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    Just saw this great version on Facebook - played on mandolin by Aaron Weinstein.


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    Howard Alden, live

    Butch Miles and Friends, recorded live in Germany

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    Butch always looked like he was having more fun than was entirely legal.

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    My takes:

    Lady Be Good
    http://www.noiseinthebasement.com/mp...0good%2001.mp3

    Hackensack (a contrafact)
    http://www.noiseinthebasement.com/mp...nsack%2001.mp3

    Hope you're enjoying your holidays!
    Last edited by M-ster; 12-26-2017 at 12:43 AM.

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    Excellent as usual, M-ster. Happy hols

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    Quote Originally Posted by M-ster View Post
    My takes:

    Lady Be Good
    http://www.noiseinthebasement.com/mp...0good%2001.mp3

    Hackensack (a contrafact)
    http://www.noiseinthebasement.com/mp...nsack%2001.mp3

    Hope you're enjoying your holidays!
    Very good takes.
    Beautifull jazz solos and great sounding guitar.
    Thanks
    Kris

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