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Oh my goodness.....

The proverbial TOTM torch has been handed down to me..... Mwahahahaha.....
but in all seriousness.....

This months tune is the great Victor Young tune Stella by Starlight.

I've always liked this tune just because it can be done as a ballad, straight a head or funky. So much you can do with it.

I plan on doing a few very different versions to see how much it can be stretched.

Here are some of my favorites from Youtube.

Sinatra http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J46Q8OVr8r4

Scott Hamilton http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0yCx1MIF4Y&feature=related

Troy Roberts (seriously killin') http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9x22CsLJMA

I don't have just the sheet for this. I've got a digital copy of the real book I can send if someone needs the sheet for this.

A cheesy backing track can be found at http://www.ralphpatt.com/Backing.html

I've also got the Aebersold reharmonized version backing if anyone wants it. Although I don't have the sheet digital to go with it.

Here's my ballad version http://soundcloud.com/seanwintersax/stella-ballad-version-sotw

Happy playing friends.

EDIT: I absolutely was anal to make sure that the title looked the same as the rest but for some reason it got posted as lower case. Asked PeeBee to change.
 

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That's funny ! Same tune was picked this month on saxofan.fr (pour ceux qui parlent français). Some foreseeable cross posting ?
Anyway, fine choice. I think it appears on several Aebersold volumes. It should also be on www.wikifonia.org.

BTW, I always loved MF's version, a bit on the kitsch side: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7yoQXMWa9w&
He does it all: ballad, Latin, moderate and killing swing. Some fine soloing.

Hey, and you shoot first ! It isn't yet July, man ! Nice A Capella take. As Clark Terry states in one of his witty introductions (Randi), "with no clothes on". Not an easy exercise, we know what standard we'll have to match. :bluewink:
 

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I love this tune, and I'll try to contibrute with my own version, hopefully, although I'll be out of town a lot this month. And nice playing, littlewailer!
 

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Hi Sean. Nice to see you got proceedings on the way promptly. Listening to your 'ballad' version, I'm getting the impression that you have a hard reed or too wide facing? There seems a big tongue effect on the first note of many phrases. Still..you've set the bar way above my level. cheers, Mark.
 

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Aw man this is one of my favorite tunes! Ill definitely post a recording once I get my Equinox piece from Phil
 

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Aw man this is one of my favorite tunes! Ill definitely post a recording once I get my Equinox piece from Phil
Hey Ekilgore,

I ordered an equinox 7* from Phil at the beginning of the month. He sent it last monday and I've been super Antsy to receive it. Hopefully I'll get it Monday or tuesday. I bought a bunch of different reeds to test out on it. I plan to do my new recordings with it.

Wilbur - I just bought a bunch of reeds and they aren't quite broken in but beyond that I'm starting to notice that I have a bad habit of slap tonguing. The problem is exaggerated by harder reeds for sure. I never realized it until I started recording standards. I've been trying out various articulations on my scales to help remedy the problem. Its only been a slight improvement though. The problem almost disappears when the reeds have gotten too soft and stuffy but I can't get a good sound from them.
 

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Shady - I'll be honest I wasn't quite drawn to your take from the head. But as soon as you started soloing I was like "Damn!" Who is this guy?"

Nice chops. An Awesome contribution to our little archive.

Thanks.
 

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Thanks a lot Littlewailer for your honesty :) actually the reed was harder than what am used to play so i was stretching my embouchure during the head.
 

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Here's another Solo version.

Messy around with reeds. The Java red is the one I used in this clip and its way buzzy and really dark in comparison to the Green or ZZ's.

This version is a Loose version in the sense that I let the chords unfold a little more rhubato. Seeing how I can stretch the tune.

I think it sounds pretty cool.

Have a listen.

http://soundcloud.com/seanwintersax/stella-loose-solo-sotw-totm

Last one for me in a while. Maybe if someone's got the Aebersold backing I can steal I'll do a version for the end of the month.
 

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EDIT: I absolutely was anal to make sure that the title looked the same as the rest but for some reason it got posted as lower case. Asked PeeBee to change.
(Just checking in between two trips, didn't have time to react earlier.)

No worries Sean, your title looks fine. We don't have real fixed rules for the title, it's fine as long as if it's clear which tune we play in which month! Nice pick by the way.

Just added this month TOTM to the main TOTM index: http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showth...2009-onwards&p=1803559&viewfull=1#post1803559
 

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Amazing tone Roger, uniform across the whole registers, clean articulation & wise improvisation, i enjoyed your takes.
 

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@ roger thank you & yes that was the zagar special mouthpiece with rico royal # 3 reeds
 
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