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    Our standard for Aug 2019 will be I Cover the Waterfront (Johnny Green & Edward Heyman, 1933).

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    Funny you should say that :-)


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    That was the happy clappy one. This is the slow one...



    Where is everyone? On their hols, I expect. I don't do hols :-)

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    I'm going to put this up because it's worth it. I came on it by accident.

    This guy used to play with a jazz band and is now retired. I think he's at least ninety. He plays every day to Aebersold backing tracks and his son records his playing. He's gathered quite a following and someone started a tribute website for him.

    It's a helluva sound.


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    Well, it passes the time... :-)


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    You don't mind if I carry on, do you? I just like making the music. And there's nobody else here. Can't think why not, it's a good tune.


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    Ah well, everyone's dead or gone to the South of France or something. Never mind.

    This reharm stuff is interesting. I completely reharmed the tune like so:

    Em11 - F#m7b5 - Em11 - Bb7+
    CM7 - Ab7b5 - G69 - B7#9
    Em11 - F#m7b5 - Em11 - Bb7+
    CM7 - Ab7b5 - G69 - %

    Em11 - Bm11/Bb7b5 - Am6 - Db7#9/Ab
    G13 - Bm11 - C#m11 - F7b5
    Em11 - F#m7b5 - Em11 - Bb7+
    CM7 - Ab7b5 - G69 - (B7#9)

    The melody with the new chords sounds like this:



    And then soloed over it so it fitted. The idea was to get away from the usual repetitive ii-V-Is and find something more interesting and challenging.

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    After I'd done it I thought 'Would that sound any good over the original chords?' so I put those in under the same solo... and it fitted, very seriously. It shouldn't have done but it did, which is quite interesting. The reharm was kind of geared to the same harmonies - it had to be - but I didn't think it would carry the same solo. And it's definitely not the same.

    I won't post the two complete versions but here's a short minute extract from each. Same solo, two chord versions. Make of it what you will.


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    Good lord, a sign of life! Well done.

    Good, isn't he, the sax player. I can't believe no one else has heard that and not responded. This thread seems to have the plague.

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    I just had a listen to the sax video, I agree he’s got a great sound and feel. Also sounds great on tenor sax. Age is no barrier for him!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1 View Post
    2bornot2bop

    Good lord, a sign of life! Well done.

    Good, isn't he, the sax player. I can't believe no one else has heard that and not responded. This thread seems to have the plague.
    Yes! I discovered Mr. Graves some 8 years ago. I've been a subscriber ever since. Welcome to the club! And great playing RM!

    And I have a future "standards lesson" request. Old Folks...please?

    "You've got to be in the sun to feel the sun. It's that way with music too." - Sidney Bechet

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    Quote Originally Posted by grahambop View Post
    Age is no barrier for him!
    Yes. His lesson to us is to keep playing!
    "You've got to be in the sun to feel the sun. It's that way with music too." - Sidney Bechet

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop View Post
    Yes! I discovered Mr. Graves some 8 years ago. I've been a subscriber ever since. Welcome to the club! And great playing RM!

    And I have a future "standards lesson" request. Old Folks...please?

    M-ster, who runs this thread, will probably explain that there's a list of standards and we sort of go through it one by one. Occasionally, if a song's been recently done, it may be skipped and we do the next one.

    This is the list:

    Jazz Standards Songs and Instrumentals Contents

    I Cover The Waterfront, which is the current one, is No. 50. I'm afraid Old Folks doesn't appear till the next page and it's No. 144.

    However, there are probably other options which I'm sure he will explain. There's already a thread about the chords here:

    "Old Folks" by Willard Robison

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    I looked at a few lead sheets, listened to several classic recordings then tried a solo arrangement in F without peeking at a chart. It’s rough, but has the feel I want. I’d like to have a more prominent bass line, but right now I’m trying to focus on the melody.

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    Last one before the next one then... Here's a nice slow version



    ... and a silly video (got to have a video)


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    Here's how i played it 3 years ago:

    Maybe about time to revisit it?

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    We're almost out of month, i've got to work a long shift today,
    and this is the best i could manage before my 2nd cup of coffee...

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    Nice overall feel to that, dg. Great backing.