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I think many of Monk's tunes are difficult to play WELL (that is, play musically) Even the "simple" sounding ones "Bye-Ya" kicks me in the pants, as does "Off Minor" but "Eronel" would be my choice for the toughest tune to play on because both the melody and the changes are awkward for me.
 

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Cannonball&CmelGuy said:
If you want a difficult HS Band peice, look at Songorama at twice the proper speed.
Or pretty much any piece of music. No doubt that anything even paced at 120 bpm would be cookin at twice the speed. 240 is bird territory. To play changes on most songs twice the normal speed it is a workout.
 

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Note that Bird's recording of Donna Lee is 3/4 of a whole step sharp, probably due to the recording equipment being "off". This means that Bird was probably playing it at a slightly slower tempo which makes it more managable.

But if you want to hear an absolutely blazing version, out Phil Woods and Richie Cole on the album "Richie and Phil & Richie" or "Side by Side"

Or if you want a precise version, check out the GRP Big Band with piccolo, clarinet, and vibes.


Or listen to the Matt Catingub Big Band version where the trombone section plays it in unison.
 

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the melody of tranes giant steps is not that difficult i think, but i have to say improvising over that song with 100 chord changes a minute is a real hassle
 

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Look at michael brecker's solo, they look pretty tough to me...
 

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A good version! Funny cats.. somebody evidently put a big microphone wind shield on Rangell's head and he plays like nothing happened :D

Agent27 said:
Note that Bird's recording of Donna Lee is 3/4 of a whole step sharp, probably due to the recording equipment being "off". This means that Bird was probably playing it at a slightly slower tempo which makes it more managable.

But if you want to hear an absolutely blazing version, out Phil Woods and Richie Cole on the album "Richie and Phil & Richie" or "Side by Side"

Or if you want a precise version, check out the GRP Big Band with piccolo, clarinet, and vibes.


Or listen to the Matt Catingub Big Band version where the trombone section plays it in unison.
 

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playitfunky said:
Or pretty much any piece of music. No doubt that anything even paced at 120 bpm would be cookin at twice the speed. 240 is bird territory. To play changes on most songs twice the normal speed it is a workout.
My band teacher is a compulsive HLF[(Higher, Louder, Faster)Insider joke] person and blasts to the wall with her bari solos and demos of proper lines. Why can't we play something normally?
 
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