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Thanks to Mark for passing me the TOTM torch for this month. I've chosen a traditional (for sax players anyway) Scots tune from 1974: Pick Up The Pieces, by Roger Ball, Hamish Stuart, and the Average White Band (of which Ball and Stuart were members).

There's a backing track here that's mainly bass and drums but works well:

http://www.guitarbackingtrack.com/play/average_white_band/pick_up_the_pieces.htm

If you want guitar too, there's one on Youtube; the funk rhythm guitar part is fine but the ascending one-note line has straight eighths that bug me (the original swings them hard, maybe even has a dotted-eighth/sixteenth rhythm).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBmJnUB7ctQ

This link should load it into an mp3 converter and allow you to download it as mp3:

http://www.video2mp3.net/loading.php?url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBmJnUB7ctQ

(If it doesn't work, just paste the youtube URL into the relevant box at http://www.video2mp3.net/ )

There are charts at the AWB official site:

http://www.averagewhiteband.com/_musos/musos.html

For the first backing track above, the saxophone chart needs some minor modifications: the four measures of rest found on page 2, and again on page 3, should be two measures in each case. (The four on page 1 are correct though.) The four tied whole notes on page 4 should probably be one whole note. Or, maybe it's OK to hold through part of the vocal, but in any case the vocals come in after the first whole note (first measure of last system in the chart) and after that there are 10 measures, not the 5 that are written.

Tenor sax players who are playing solo might want to change the note that is tied across the first bar line from an F to a C (as written for tenor), since that is the main melody line, and make the same change in each of the many places that phrase is repeated.

There is 16 bars of sax solo space as the arrangement is written (and as originally played): the last system of page 2 and the first three systems of page 3. The written music in the first two systems on page 3 is backing. Incidentally, the backing riff consisting of the two eighths followed by two sixteenths is written a beat late in the chart; the sixteenths should hit on the downbeat. (The two eighths in the other measures are OK.)

If you want more solo space, I guess you can start the solo after the first theme statement is completed, i.e. after the held note at the end of the first page.

I have not checked anything about the bass/chords and drum charts that are available from the AWB site.

Malcolm "Molly" Duncan played the tenor sax solo in the original version; I will put links to this and some other versions, and a transcription of his solo, which is a gem, in another post.

Time to funk out!
 

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The original and still the greatest:


A transcription of Malcolm "Molly" Duncan's 16-bar sax solo is available, along with some other solos that look interesting, here:

http://www.zdenkoivanusic.com/teaching/transcriptions/

I wouldn't try to play the solo just from the music, though... you need to listen to the original to get the right feel.

There are loads of other versions of PUTP on Youtube; I will just mention some essentials:

(1) A long (21 minutes or so) live version from 1977 on "The Atlantic Family Live at Montreux" by the AWB featuring Michael Brecker (last sax solo), Sonny Fortune, Dick Morrissey, Molly Duncan on saxes, along with Randy Brecker, Herbie Mann, Don Ellis and other very heavy hitters:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4oQV0HTkPI

(2) Another long Montreux version from the Phil Collins Big Band; my favorite sax solos are the first by Gerald Albright on alto (one of the more jazz-oriented solo I've heard on this tune but still funky as anything) the second-to-last by Pee Wee Ellis on tenor, and the pièce de résistance, the last solo, by James Carter on tenor, which, whatever you end up thinking of it, has to be heard at least once:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIVUCwRVUBY

There are other versions by Candy Dulfer, Mindy Abair, Kenny G with David Sanborn, you name it...
 

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Not done a TOTM in ages and had time today to have a mess about on this great tune. Such a classic. To get the thread going heres my quick and ruff round the edges jam on it :cry:, proper full version later in month.

 

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@Borganiboy - Davey, this song is not a style I really appreciate, but you did a great job here. Sounding strong and full, lovely solo :).
Cheers dude. Will do a nicer polished full version later on. Yea I know your style and likes but you will do a very nice version dude. Its fresh and keeps it from just being a straight ahead TOTM thread kinda of thing, we need swerve balls every once in a while. More the better I think.
 

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@Davey - Funky screamer loud n' proud Davey has popped back for a quick visit I see from his D-and-B-project... ;)
Nice 1 and you sound very comfy in this style, with a slightly thicker tone and nice recording sound/technique, go fella.
 

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@Davey - Funky screamer loud n' proud Davey has popped back for a quick visit I see from his D-and-B-project... ;)
Nice 1 and you sound very comfy in this style, with a slightly thicker tone and nice recording sound/technique, go fella.
Yea back after Powerofsoul asked if i thought his choice would be a good pick and asked if i would knock up a version or two knowing i like the funky stuff alot. Always good to see a twist at times on totm. Look forward to you
r versions dude. Yee ha geordies loud and proud
 

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To get the thread going heres my quick and ruff round the edges jam on it :cry:, proper full version later in month.
Great job getting the party started! Fun and funky lines and you get a sweet pure tone even when making it rasp or scream. Dig the way you hit the change around 0:47 at speed.
 

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Great job getting the party started! Fun and funky lines and you get a sweet pure tone even when making it rasp or scream. Dig the way you hit the change around 0:47 at speed.
Great choice of track from you so we all thank you dude. Looking forward to everyone's take on it. Got to keep the funk
 

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Well while I have spare time heres my 2nd version so that's me done. 1st was a short tester, this is more in the form. Could of spent more time on the horn parts but hey ho they say and a dodgy track :(, seemed to drop in volume. I'm kind of happy with the solos and I went for more space and funk on this fuller version. Come on folks get your funk out.

 

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Great job Davey, you got the funk alright! Looking forward to hearing all the rockers here take off on this one! First time I attempt to play this and it's not easy..so far I am favoring the change to the key of 'A' on the tenor (G concert) both for the way it sounds and playability.
 

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Yea back after Powerofsoul asked if i thought his choice would be a good pick and asked if i would knock up a version or two knowing i like the funky stuff alot. Always good to see a twist at times on totm. Look forward to you
r versions dude. Yee ha geordies loud and proud
loud n proud indeed, it is in our blood lol
good to see you popping out those versions.
*I seriously doubt I will do a version tho, I really love playing funky stuff a lot in general BUT I cringe when I even think of this tune after playing it too much in various club bands, over kill on it.
saying that I hope the other members here have fun with it tho :)
 
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