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Happy August! I'm guessing many of us (including myself) are in full SUMMER mode right now, so I chose a tune that is fun to play without too much "heavy lifting". This month's tune is another Horace Silver classic, "The Jody Grind" from the Blue Note album of the same name. It's kind of a groovy blues with some altered dominant chords thrown in for a twist. The melody is similar in that it is based on classic blues/R&B language with an angular/intervallic phrase thrown in at the "V7" chord. This tune is really fun to play no matter what level you may be at so I hope we get LOTS of contributions this month!


First things first, here is a link to the things you'll need to get started. The link below will give you lead sheets in C, Bb, and Eb as well as a Jamey Aebersold play along.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/88ev6ww18y826i6/AAB1DWguIjtniebVCNje_q7ua?dl=0



Next, here are some videos for inspiration!


The classic Horace Silver version...


The incredible Danny Janklow with his group live...


Bari sax virtuosity from the great Ronnie Cuber...


and finally Bob Malach changing things up in this live trio version. Notice how he slows the tempo WAY down, giving the song a kind of "Miles Davis late 60's" feel ...



Ready .... set ..... GO!
 

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Yes, great choice for a relaxed groovin summer recording session! Now I have to learn tap dance....
 

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Re: SOTW TOTM for Augyst 2019 - The Jody Grind

LOVE this tune, I will definitely participate soon.
 

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Hello sotw, hello David,

great choice, so tasteful and yeah - it really fits the feel of the current season (around 40 °C here).
Here's my attempt on flute... :nike:
Looking forward to all upcoming versions!

The Jody Grind
 

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My recording possibilities are kind of non existing since quite a while, which obviously sucks.

Recently I bought a Roland Aerophone, mainly for the purpose of being able to practice at home.
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This is in no way a substitute for a real saxophone, but atleast it's suitable for practising concepts. The saxophone sounds are truly horrible, So I mainly try some things with the synth-sounds it has onboard.
Nice thing about the Aerophone is that it has an audio-out, so that makes recording extremely easy without disturbing the family/pets/neighbours.

It's a quircky thing though, and there's quite some getting used to it. Especially controlling the dynamics are a challenge if you're used to the analog feel of a real horn.
I'm a bit hesitant to share this take, but I'll do it anyway.


https://www.dropbox.com/s/2igiwpq8cyajvg3/Jody Grind Aerophone.mp3?dl=0

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https://app.box.com/s/l8v46mcqke258t701htappdutwd0f934

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https://soundcloud.com/arno-van-emmerik/jody-grind-aerophone/s-qIZWQ
 

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I'm glad you did - that was awesome !
Loved it all, especially the ultra low note around 3:35. :mrgreen:
Thanks Brendan! With octaves keys down and two up, plus an extra pitchbend joystick which can be configured to a whole octave up and down, there is quite a range. Not easy to work with if yo're used to only one key though ;)

Are you bringing out the Big Horn?
 

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Nice take. Like how you take you're time in the solo with the well placed short notes.

Was it a long walk from the record-button to the microphone? :mrgreen:
Thanks for the nice word :)

Added the pic that will help you to identify the exact distance from the mic to record button :)

https://1drv.ms/u/s!Ar0t68kb42Txh0o7MBrZ1l02IV2O?e=JKazY1

BTW, wonderful "Round..." take...
I thought about digital sax... is the sound of this roland thingy from it is own module? I guess good sound module may provide more interesting stuff...
Is it comfy to play on it?
 

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He-he... thx Brendan
 

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Sigh ... just waiting for a "recording window". You know, no brutal summer heat and the wife out of the house.
(Yet, if she's out that usually means she's spending money ... it's a catch 22 !! :bluewink: :mrgreen: )
And then, if she leaves the house, what are you going to do? So many choices :D
 

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I thought about digital sax... is the sound of this roland thingy from it is own module? I guess good sound module may provide more interesting stuff...
Is it comfy to play on it?
It actually pretty easy to play. Maybe not straight out the box, there are numerous settings which can be intimidating at first, but it's actually not that difficult once you understand the basics.

The sound I used is an altered version of one of the standard syth-sounds it has onboard. There's also an app to which you can download the whole content of the instrument, tune a sound to your liking, and then upload it back to 1 of 100 empty user slots.

Sound modules are definetly an option, so is connecting it to a computer via USB. But that's a whole other topic, and I'm not sure if I want to go that direction. ;)
 
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