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    Curious to expand my rep a little bit and also nice to have a discussion of expanding tune knowledge. I'm not suggesting obscure, but maybe tunes that aren't covered in everybody's rep like Body and Soul, Just Friends, I'll remember April, etc.

    So maybe meeting a few criteria:

    1. Vocal standard

    2. Something that you don't necessarily hear at every jam session

    3. A tune you personally actually like a lot

    Ballads and longer forms especially welcome. Thanks!

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    Alfie, Cole Porter's "All through the night", I hear a Rhapsody, Letter to Evan, Wait Till You See Her, all tunes I really like that I don't think are "played out."
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    Thanks Mr B. I actually did rhapsody for my jazz school auditions - the other ones I'll have to check out!

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    I Keep Going Back to Joe's

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    The end of a love affair. I only recently discovered this one and it's a great tune. Check out Wes.

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    Robbin's Nest (there is a vocal under another title)
    A Smooth One (no vocal though)
    Nancy with the Laughing Face
    If You Could See Me Now

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    Night song

    By lee Adams/Charles strouse

    I have recently started to work on that one and love it. I'm pretty sure it could be done in a lot of ways. Structure is longish. It is surprisingly tricky to sing and attempting to do so reveals the greatness of the composer. Latin/swing.
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    Another real beauty of a ballad is Gerry Mulligan's "Night Lights."
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    In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning

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    "Early Autumn" by Ralph Burns and Woody Herman. Lyrics by Johnny Mercer.

    Great instrumental versions by Woody Herman, Kenton, George Shearing, and vocal versions by Ella F., Jo Stafford, and the Four Freshmen, among others.

    Super lyrics and really nice chromatic movement. Music for adults.

    Started to work out a chord melody version of this, and was having trouble till I started using "smaller" chord voicings. Melody is not really difficult--almost straight chord tones, for a lot of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenwave77 View Post
    "Early Autumn" by Ralph Burns and Woody Herman. Lyrics by Johnny Mercer.

    Great instrumental versions by Woody Herman, Kenton, George Shearing, and vocal versions by Ella F., Jo Stafford, and the Four Freshmen, among others.

    Super lyrics and really nice chromatic movement. Music for adults.

    Started to work out a chord melody version of this, and was having trouble till I started using "smaller" chord voicings. Melody is not really difficult--almost straight chord tones, for a lot of it.
    Love this version:

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    Does Daahoud fit the bill? I love that tune and don't hear it much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColinO View Post
    Does Daahoud fit the bill? I love that tune and don't hear it much.

    Haven't played it and can't recall how it sounds, so, sure!

    Thanks everybody for the suggestions, keep em coming!

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    Does 'No Moon at All' qualify?

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    And We Were Lovers one of the most lyrical tunes I've known, and the changes are lovely to play over


    The Apartment great tune, I used to see Fred Hersch play a lounge gig and I asked him to play this. What he voiced it with I'll never know but it was unforgettable.


    I always liked Blue Moon, nice bridge.

    Moon River is one I'll medley that with when I play it.

    If Ever I Would Leave You


    Morricone!!





    Great blowing piece, Freight Trane, Tommy Flanagan's tune written for Coltrane



    A great tune contrafact of Rhythm Changes, Scrambled



    Those are some tunes I really enjoy playing that I can never call at a jam, but for those who learn them, they're great to play.

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    Tadd Dameron's Our Delight
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    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77 View Post
    Does 'No Moon at All' qualify?
    never even heard of it, so works for me!

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    "Blues For Dixie", especially the version covered by The Time Travelers.

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    Never heard of the Time Travelers. Did you perhaps mean the Time Jumpers?

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    Sorry.... Blues For Dixie, especially The Time Jumpers version with "Ranger" Doug on rhythm guitar. I love how he's "in the pocket," with his Stromberg.

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    Two for the Road
    Delilah
    But Beautiful


    John

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    And a bonus instrumental that the old guys I play with like:
    Last edited by dingusmingus; 03-14-2017 at 04:44 PM.

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    Number one would be Everything Happens to Me, which is a great instrumental tune, but also has a terrific lyric.

    I like Stars Fell on Alabama

    Feel Like Making Love to You (not sure if that's the accurate title) "that's the time ... ".

    Maybe it's not obscure enough, but I'm the only one I know who calls it: The Song is You.

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    Cool thread, glad I had this idea!

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    yes on robbins and bernies tune
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    A couple of favorites from Chet Baker's repertoire:

    - My ideal
    - Travelin' light (also a great version from Billie Holiday)
    - I've never been in love before (also terrific version from Barney Kessel)
    - The more I see you
    - The touch of your lips (also a great cover by Doug Raney)
    - Blame it on my youth (see also Nat King Cole version)
    - I fall in love too easily

    Etc.

    Then I realize I have cited mostly ballads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takemitsu View Post
    Night song

    By lee Adams/Charles strouse

    I have recently started to work on that one and love it. I'm pretty sure it could be done in a lot of ways. Structure is longish. It is surprisingly tricky to sing and attempting to do so reveals the greatness of the composer. Latin/swing.
    Nice tune, Kenny Burrell did it on the album of the same name. Clark terry and Bob Brookmeyer did it on one of their Quintet LPs . Sammy Davis Jr. has the definitive vocal version of it on the 'Golden Boy' Soundtrack album.
    I do it as a rhumba.

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    For Minors Only, by Jimmy Heath. Chet Baker did a great version with Doug Raney and Niels Pedersen.


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    I'm Beginning To See The Light
    I'm Confessing
    I Didn't Know What Time It Was
    Topsy
    Someday Sweetheart
    Poor Butterfly

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    Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
    Love the melody, the changes, the sentiment!

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    I Should Care (Nice old Ballad)
    Ceora (Bossa)

    wiz (Howie)
    Howie

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    Speaking of Kenny Burrell (what a singing voice), how about I'll Buy You A Star?

    First, marvellous Mathis, who sings the verse (before showing what Al Jarreau might have sounded with a Big Band back in the '60s), and then brilliant Burrell (first track):
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    Lets Get Lost. I play/sing that one pretty often. I had an area jazz fan tell me he had never heard anyone do it. He's probably been in a jazz club, private event or festival once per week for the last 45 years.

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    Reaching for the Moon - beautiful melody - the finest ballad Irving Berlin ever wrote, and deserves much more exposure than it gets.

    Ella Fitzgerald - Reaching For The Moon (High Quality - Remastered) - YouTube
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    Tell you what Friends, with all these wonderful songs... I'm getting that feeling that I was born in the wrong Era... AGAIN!

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    Two of my favorite not-often-called standards:
    "Moment's Notice" (JColtrane)
    "Upper Manhattan Medical Group" (BStrayhorn)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonD View Post
    Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
    Love the melody, the changes, the sentiment!
    It's interesting to note that two of the great songs posted here, this one and Ballad of the Sad Young Men, were written by Tommy Wolfe and Fran Landesman.

    Tommy was a jazz pianist, who wrote a musical called "The Nervous Set" (which Spring Can Really hang You up the Most came from), and the cast recording features Kenny Burrell on guitar!
    Unfortunately, the show bombed on Broadway, and closed after only a small number of showings.
    There weren't any other tunes as good as the previously mentioned two anyway.

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    Definitely off the beaten path; for a jazz gig anyways:

    B+
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    Sonny Rollins recorded that, and Tim Lerch has it on YouTube.

    And here it is on a Slaman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell View Post
    Sonny Rollins recorded that, and Tim Lerch has it on YouTube.
    Awesome, glad you pointed me to the Tim Lerch one:

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    Hey Stardust is the tune this month but Hoagy also wrote Skylark, a really nice tune.
    David

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    (Singing this with a big band in May) A Lot of Lovin' To Do

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    This spring tunes. Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most and You Must Believe In Spring.



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    I like "When Lights Are Low." It used to be done a lot, I think, but I don't hear it so much anymore. Love this version.



    Miles did a classic version too----may have been so good that others steered clear....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes View Post
    I like "When Lights Are Low." It used to be done a lot, I think, but I don't hear it so much anymore. Love this version.

    Miles did a classic version too----may have been so good that others steered clear....
    Good one Mark. The story goes that when Miles recorded it, no one could remember how the bridge went, so they just played the A section up a fourth. Benny Carter's original changes have a nice bridge with ii-Vs moving in minor thirds - a good vehicle for using your diminished language (have used this tune a lot in my studies with Sheryl Bailey).

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    Bacharach's The April Fools (I think perhaps in a hard-driven 3/4).
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    Jimmy Van Heusen wrote lots of killer tunes (It Could Happen To You, Darn That Dream, But Beautiful, Like Someone in Love, Here's That Rainy Day, etc.). I heard Vic Juris play this lesser-known gem at a Bar Next Door gig last year: