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Well, my dear saxophile friends, I've been endowed with the honour to host this month's tune of the month. I've had the pleasure before, and also experienced the mindbending experience of thinking of a good tune. The way of getting out of the conundrum is to pick a tune I've been wanting to learn myself - though there's obviously a host of tunes that apply.

Anyway, it's time for a wonderful and well loved tune by Hoagy Charmichael: Stardust. It's a tune I find hard to figure out - it's a long form since as a rule the 16 bar verse is included. Here's a link to a site that has an extensive amount of information, including sheet music in concert key:

http://www.stardustsong.com/index.html

And here is a link to an inspiring version by our own jicaino:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu6bvx99YL8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Hope you'll enjoy this month, and now I'm off to practice the damn thing.
 

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Actually we did 'Stardust' as TOTM in the Beginners/Intermediate thread here on SOTW in May of this year, so I have two very early takes to post :mrgreen:.

The first take is a medium swing version on the Florida no USA 10* (I edited two takes to one), the second take is a slow and mellow ballad version on the Early Babbitt 12. Both takes are played on the 1952 SBA and a Plasticover 2 reed.

1. 'Stardust' (swing version, Florida no USA 10* and Rico Plasticover 2): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11612158
2. 'Stardust' (ballad version, Early Babbitt 12 and Rico Plasticover 2): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11626477

(With thanks to SOTW member Oilywrag (http://www.cksounds.co.uk/) for the two Stardust backings.)

Hope to come with a 'new' take later this month.
 

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Reine, great choice, one of the most beautiful songs of the 20th century, one of my favorite ballads. I cannot escape a participation this month.
 

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Mr. PeeBee, bravo for apparently not quite 'beginners or intermediates' to tackle a tune like this. I really enjoyed your slow version - a velvety tone that does the song justice - and a very nice backing. I think the hard thing with playing this tune is to sing out every line, and make them stand out - or you might get lost in the endless arpeggios.
 

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Thanks Reine :).

Another guy who recorded a ton of 'Stardust' versions is Lionel Hampton. Here is a swing version recorded live at a Gene Norman's Just Jazz Concert in the Civic Auditorium, Pasadena California (1947, August 4). From 4:13 onwards you hear a very smooth and beautiful sounding tenor solo by the not so well known Corky Corcoran. Personal: vibraphone - Lionel Hampton / tenor - Corky Corcoran / alto - Willie Smith / trumpet - Charlie Shavers / piano - Tommy Todd / guitar - Barney Kessel / bass - Slam Stewart / drums - Lee Young.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJUUIb4JWQY
 

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Rennie - great call, I'm so looking forward to our autumnal interpretations of this classic tune.

I should be ashamed to admit this (especially since I enjoy playing ballads so much), I'll be learning a new tune this month. Definitely one everyone should be familiar with. I was browsing the wonderful lyrics...Hoagy definitely had a certain style, the imagery isn't unlike Skylark talking about meadows and wandering down country lanes...lovely images of classic Americana!
 

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Randy - that was lovely. Liked the nice even sound throughout the registers of the horn. I supposed that's one of those instuments that in many hands would become a novelty type of thing, or at least more of an accompanying instrument (e.g. thumping out bass lines). When you play it it's a very musical and rich solo voice like any well played saxophone. Only lower. Great take...

peter (ballad version) Beautiful smoky sound, love the subtone. Great laid back feel throughout, felt a little like going back in time to the days when GIANTS roamed the earth (e.g. Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Don Byas, etc). Nice take.
 

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+1 to what you just said, LiAm84 played that so beautifully. Simply gorgeous saxophone performance!

A great vocal version, here's Nat Cole's lovely interpretation. What a beautiful song, Nat Cole sounds so nice on this!

http://youtu.be/DtZKwp6cjd4


Check out Don Byas' breathtaking interpretation on this historic performance Live at Minton's with Dizzy, Thelonius Monk, Kenny Clarke
http://youtu.be/cgpl1OvriJQ
 

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great choice Reine! I was thinking we were due a ballad. Like Shawn I have to admit that although I can think of a load of ballads I'd be happy to call on a jam I've never played this tune. I'll definitely try and get it together this month, quiet for gigs so hopefully some more time for shedding.
And some great examples already-
Mr PB- loved the ballad take, that was totally convincing playing
Saxtek- what an amazing sound- superb control, nice arrangement, great band
I've heard that take by LiAm84 before and loved it. I can see there will be more awesome tenor takes to come, I might go for alto
 

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LiAm84, great playing on Stardust, beautiful tone.
 

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Thanks Reine :).

Another guy who recorded a ton of 'Stardust' versions is Lionel Hampton. Here is a swing version recorded live at a Gene Norman's Just Jazz Concert in the Civic Auditorium, Pasadena California (1947, August 4). From 4:13 onwards you hear a very smooth and beautiful sounding tenor solo by the not so well known Corky Corcoran. Personal: vibraphone - Lionel Hampton / tenor - Corky Corcoran / alto - Willie Smith / trumpet - Charlie Shavers / piano - Tommy Todd / guitar - Barney Kessel / bass - Slam Stewart / drums - Lee Young.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJUUIb4JWQY

That vibraphone solo was totally unbelievable!!! What a talent.
 
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