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I feel happy to announce the "tune of the month" for april 2013!
This time we jump back to year 1924 with a tune written by George Gershwin. This composition have became a popular standard tune played by jazz musicians all over the world.

http://youtu.be/CfRcv0gtyzA

"Rifftide" credited to Coleman Hawkins but later claimed by Thelonius Monk and recorded as "Hackensack" is based on the chord changes of Oh, lady be good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-2uBeMgV4I
 

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Nice pick Roger :). I proposed 'Lady Be Good' for the Beginners/Intermediates thread, but we finally picked 'Sweet Georgia Brown'. So I'm glad we don't have an overlap with the main TOTM for this month :).

Your thread is added to the main TOTM index: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showth...2009-onwards&p=1983729&viewfull=1#post1983729

My favorite example of 'Lady Be Good' is THE version of Lester Young of 1936:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeqwPX4T4E0

And here a nice 'Rifftide' of Coleman Hawkins and Howard McGhee:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS6e09XSi9A
 

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Thats a swinger for sure.Now the hard part of finding a backing track for this tune.Is there any ???????????????
 

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I'm hearing these tunes played in at least three different keys. Is there a most common key that is called at jams? Or, is Lady Be Good generally played in G... or F? Seems like Rifftide is in F? Generally? Just curious, because I hear them in A too. Or is the deal to learn them all, in all three keys, so you can quote them in the solo no matter what head gets called?? Are there camps, like the Gypsy Jazz crowd plays it in A so it's on an open string and the Bebopers play it in F so it transposes well?
 

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The gypsy jazz backing track I saw was in G I think. I can't find a chart for Hackensack. Wikifonia for Oh lady be good.
This site (mentioned in the main TOTM index thread post #1) gives an overview where to find charts: http://www.seventhstring.co.uk/fbindex.html

For instance: type Hackensack and you find it's in the old Real Book Vol 2 (on page 131).
 

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I'm hearing these tunes played in at least three different keys. Is there a most common key that is called at jams? Or, is Lady Be Good generally played in G... or F? Seems like Rifftide is in F? Generally? Just curious, because I hear them in A too. Or is the deal to learn them all, in all three keys, so you can quote them in the solo no matter what head gets called?? Are there camps, like the Gypsy Jazz crowd plays it in A so it's on an open string and the Bebopers play it in F so it transposes well?
Lesters solo on Lady Be Good is one of few solos I ever learned to play note for note. So I can tell you that Lester plays it in concert G.
 

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I think it starts getting a bit better towards the end.
Yeah .. the funk starts creeping in around 1:38 - and I like when you step on the gas around 2:09 ! :mrgreen:
 

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Sean - Love your attack & ballsy style of playing, kind of a mix between jazz and old-time honk! Always a joy to listen to your takes. Excellent job.

Francisco - Interesting take, 'fluttery' like a butterfly amongst the flowers..1:30 on seemed best to my ear.
 

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Nicely done Francisco .. I agree with Alan about the butterfly imagery !

I also tried to ignore the chords this time around, and play more by feel .. but unfortunately my brain got locked into one rhythm that I couldn't get out of ! :evil:
That's OK .. it's early in the month. :mrgreen:

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