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Hi all,

With all the Christmas stuff going on here on SOTW this month (I also recorded a >Blue Christmas< take) I'm very glad the UK sax forum of Pete Thomas features a thread on the Blues in C (concert key) this month (>here<) :mrgreen:.

So I also did record a slow and medium Blues take in C major (concert key) during my short recording session of this month. Used some free available backings from youtube, without having a score or chord scheme. Just one quick and dirty take with each backing with a fully improvised melody line and solo. Warning: my reed was not really willing to go very smoothly into high altissimo!

Here are my Blues takes of this month:

- 'Blues in C' - medium (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13278498

- 'Blues in C' - slow (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13278497

Enjoy :).
 

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Re: Some dirty old Blues clips to compensate for the sweet Christmas stuff posted this month!!!

Yeah. Enjoyed it. Vrolijk kerstfeest.
 

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Johnny Griffin...Listen to "When we were one"...notice the similarity in tone!
 

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Hi all,

With all the Christmas stuff going on here on SOTW this month (I also recorded a >Blue Christmas< take) I'm very glad the UK sax forum of Pete Thomas features a thread on the Blues in C (concert key) this month (>here<) :mrgreen:.

So I also did record a slow and medium Blues take in C major (concert key) during my short recording session of this month. Used some free available backings from youtube, without having a score or chord scheme. Just one quick and dirty take with each backing with a fully improvised melody line and solo. Warning: my reed was not really willing to go very smoothly into high altissimo!

Here are my Blues takes of this month:

- 'Blues in C' - medium (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13278498

- 'Blues in C' - slow (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13278497

Enjoy :).
Thank you for some blues this evening!
 

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Re: Some dirty old Blues clips to compensate for the sweet Christmas stuff posted this month!!!

Well done mrpeebee....."Proper" tenor music....the reason for which it was invented.
Now let's hear them in concert B. :bluewink:
 

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Re: Some dirty old Blues clips to compensate for the sweet Christmas stuff posted this month!!!

Yeah. Enjoyed it. Vrolijk kerstfeest.
Thanks Gary and Happy Christmas back :).

Johnny Griffin...Listen to "When we were one"...notice the similarity in tone!
Wow, thanks Joe (Griff is one of my all time favorites!) :).

Thank you for some blues this evening!
Thanks Sonja, and thank you too for hosting this month very nice Christmas TOTM :).

Well done mrpeebee....."Proper" tenor music....the reason for which it was invented.
Now let's hear them in concert B. :bluewink:
Thanks Captain :).

Maybe nice for you to know: I finally got a Metalite M11 in my mouthpiece collection and also recorded during the same session some takes to compare it with my Florida (will post them soon)! I'm also looking forward to do a concert B Blues, just waiting till the UK forum starts that thread (they will do all key's this year, one per month) :).
 

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Really nice!!!
 

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Thanks Bill, hope you're doing well :).
 

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Re: Some dirty old Blues clips to compensate for the sweet Christmas stuff posted this month!!!

Hi all,

With all the Christmas stuff going on here on SOTW this month (I also recorded a >Blue Christmas< take) I'm very glad the UK sax forum of Pete Thomas features a thread on the Blues in C (concert key) this month (>here<) :mrgreen:.

So I also did record a slow and medium Blues take in C major (concert key) during my short recording session of this month. Used some free available backings from youtube, without having a score or chord scheme. Just one quick and dirty take with each backing with a fully improvised melody line and solo. Warning: my reed was not really willing to go very smoothly into high altissimo!

Here are my Blues takes of this month:

- 'Blues in C' - medium (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13278498

- 'Blues in C' - slow (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13278497

Enjoy :).
Two Blues-key month threads further on the UK sax forum of Pete Thomas resulted in these two new Blues takes (in other concert keys). Both recorded with free YouTube backings and fully improvised (including theme), without much preparation:

- 'Blues in F' (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13312032

- 'Blues in Cm' (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13291728
 

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Another Blues-key month thread on the UK sax forum of Pete Thomas resulted in my first Blues ever played in concert key E. Could also be my last one in that key, it feels a bit like walking in too small shoes :bluewink:!

Recorded with a free YouTube backing and fully improvised (including theme), without much preparation:

- 'Blues in E' (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13336971
 

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This month the key of concert Bb (tenor C) was chosen on the UK forum and I did record three clips with free YouTube backings:

1. 'Blues in Bb' - fast (on five mouthpieces):
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13361697

2. 'Blues in Bb' - medium (on four mouthpieces):
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13362305

3. 'Blues in Bb' - slow (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2):
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13362316

The fast and medium clips and the mouthpieces used are discussed in more detail in this SOTW thread:
http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showth...thpieces-(vintage-Links-Merlot-Mosaic-Ponzol)
 

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Key of the current month is concert G (tenor A) on the UK forum and I just recorded three clips with free YouTube backings:

- 'Blues in G' - medium (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2) guitar YT backing:
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13372715

- 'Blues in G' - fast (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2) shuffle YT backing:
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13372716

For the three mouhtpiece recording I used the medium guitar backing slowed down in Audacity by 20%:

- 'Blues in G - Basically Blues' - (Florida no USA 10* - NVS 7* - modern STM 7*):
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13372525

Made a separate thread for the 'Basically Blues' mouthpiece compare clip here:
http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showth...no-USA-10*-New-Vintage-Slant-7*-modern-STM-7*
 

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The latest Blues key thread on the UK forum featured concert key Eb and Eb minor (tenor F and F minor).

I did four clips with free YouTube backings:

- 'Blues in Eb' - slow (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2) - 8 bar scheme with horn backings:
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13403891

- 'Blues in Eb' - fast (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2) - 12 bar scheme backing:
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13404611

Did also a three mouthpiece recording for which I used another fast YouTube backing:

- 'Blues in Eb - Things Ain't What They Used To Be' - (Florida no USA 10* - Florida USA 11* - modern STM NY 11):
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13399370

Made a separate thread for the 'Things Ain't What They Used To Be' mouthpiece compare clip here:
http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showth...a-no-USA-10*-Florida-USA-11*-modern-STM-NY-11

- 'Blues in Ebm' - medium (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2) 10 bar scheme backing:
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13402068

The 10 bar chord scheme for tenor is: Fm | Fm | Fm | Fm | Bb | Bb | Fm | Fm | C | Bb |
 

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This month Blues key on the UK forum is Ab concert key (Bb for tenor).

Did record two quick Blues tunes in Ab during my latest recording session.

Here is the first one, recorded with a medium shuffle YouTube backing (120 bpm). As usual with a fully improvised theme and solo. Couldn't always find the correct notes in this for me not so familiar blues key.

- 'Blues in Ab' - medium (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2):
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13420207

This is the second tune, done with a slow and much shorter YouTube backing with organ and backing horns. Also here no fixed theme, just some quickly improvised ad hoc stuff.

- 'Blues in Ab' - slow (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2):
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13420170

The reed used was/is very old, gives a lot of unwanted side effects (also didn't play for 3 weeks prior to these recorded takes).
 

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This month the UK forum features the Blues key of D concert (E for tenor).

I did (as always) use some free backings from YouTube to do some quick and dirty recordings in this for me not much used key (E for tenor). All clips have a fully improvised theme and solo part. Used this time the opportunity to compare some mouthpieces and different reeds. I posted the clips already in other threads, I just re-list them here for the completeness of this thread (Blues in all keys).

1 - 'Blues in D' - medium (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2) shuffle blues style:
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13429964

2 - 'Blues in D' - medium (Florida no USA 10* - Rico Royal 2) swam blues style:
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13429990

3 - 'Blues in D' - medium (Tone Edge 10* - Rico Royal 2) jazz blues style:
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13429953

Above clips 1 to 3 where also posted and discussed in this separate comparison thread between my 1950's Florida no USA 10* and 1980's Tone Edge 10*:
http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showth...e-Edge-10*-(Plasticover-and-Rico-Royal-reeds)

4 - 'Reed comparison Blues' in D concert key (Florida no USA 10*- Plasticover 2 old - Plasticover 2 new - La Voz medium - Rico Royal 2):
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13433017

Above clip 4 was also posted and discussed in this separate reed comparison thread:
http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showth...-Plasticover-2-new-La-Voz-medium-Rico-Royal-2
 

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This month it's Blues in F minor (Gm for tenor) month on the UK forum.

Did record four quick and dirty Blues takes with some free YouTube backing tracks in Fm during my latest recording session. As usual all theme's and improvisations are made on the fly, no preparation. Two medium tempo tracks (reggae and shuffle style), one slow track and a medium one in Chicago style that I used to compare three mouthpieces. Here are the clips, for those who are interested (nobody except me lol!):

1. 'Blues in Fm' - medium (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2) reggae:
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13450711

2. 'Blues in Fm' - medium (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2) shuffle:
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13451350

3. 'Blues in Fm' - slow (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2):
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13451334

4. 'Blues in Fm' - medium (Florida no USA 10* [PL2] - Ponzol Super 120 [LVm] - Florida no USA 9 [LVm) Chicago style:
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13447796

Made a separate thread with all the details and discussions (zero sofar, lol!) of the mouthpiece compare clip (no. 4) here:
http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showth...uper-120-Florida-no-USA-9-Chicago-Blues-in-Fm
 

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Another months, another key! This time A concert Blues was called at the UK forum. A key not very common for me (B on tenor), actually never played a Blues in that key before.

Did record three quick and dirty Blues takes with some free YouTube backing tracks in A concert during my latest recording session. As usual all theme's and improvisations are made on the fly, no preparation. Two medium tempo tracks (Texas and shuffle style) and one slow track with an Organ backing. I used the Texas backing to compare three of my mouthpieces. Also switched this time from a Plasticover 2 to a Rico Royal 2 reed on my main mouthpiece (the Florida no USA 10*), which feels and sounds a bit different (darker, requires another reed pressure during playing).

Here are the sound clips:

1. - 'Blues in A' - medium (Early Babbitt 12 - Rico Royal 2) shuffle:
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13472987

2. - 'Blues in A' - slow (Florida no USA 10* - Rico Royal 2) organ:
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13469909

3. - 'Blues in A' (Florida no USA 10* [Rico Royal 2] - Ponzol Super 120 [LVm] - Early Babbitt 8 [LVm]) Texas:
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13471127

Made a separate thread with all the details and discussions (zero sofar, as usual here on SOTW lol!) of the mouthpiece compare clip (no. 3):
http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showth...a-no-USA-10*-Ponzol-Super-120-Early-Babbitt-8

I actually was not completely unhappy with the EB 12 take (no. 1 above). Didn't play this huge tip piece for a long time, but it performed well with this softer RR 2 reed :).
 
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