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Since this month will be short with only 29 days I thought I would be wise to select a fast tune :bluewink:.

The TOTM for February 2016 is "Indiana” (Back Home Again in Indiana), a song composed by Ballard MacDonald and James F. Hanley and first published in January 1917. More information on this song (with an old recording from 1917) can be found here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_Home_Again_in_Indiana

For some of you this tune might be too old school, but as most of you know the same chords are also used in other songs. Examples are Charlie Parker’s Bebop composition "Donna Lee", Fats Navarro's "Ice Freezes Red" and Lennie Tristano's "Ju-Ju". So feel free to pick one of those if you prefer them over “Indiana” (or post examples of them all!).

Lead sheets and backing tracks for “Indiana” and “Donna Lee”:
https://app.box.com/s/7cbnqkqtuk7mqf5uktcf1ejyb80oey9s

Remarks:
1. Files starting with 1 are for "Indiana" in F (concert key).
2. Files starting with 2 are for "Indiana" in Ab (concert key).
3. Files starting with 3 are for "Donna Lee" in Ab (concert key).
4. Lead sheets with RB in the name are from the Real Book.
5. Lead sheets with WF in the name are from (the former) WikiFonia (they can have errors!).
6. Backings with CK in the name are made my SOTW member Chris Knowles (thanks Chris!).
7. Backings with YT in the name are downloads from YouTube (I'm not always sure about the key).
8. Backings with RP in the name are from the site of Ralph Patt (http://www.ralphpatt.com/Backing.html).

This thead is also added to the main TOTM index:
http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showth...2009-onwards&p=2491544&viewfull=1#post2491544

Looking forward to many posts :).
 

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Some inspiration for “Indiana”:

- Don Byas and Slam Stewart (1945):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fvnu4nUqcDw

- Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz and others (1958) (based on the chords of 'Indiana'):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WACQqc5hBFM

- Lester Young with Nat King Cole (1942): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px2vtKa-O3c
- Lester Young with Count Basie Quartet (1944): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1VqIBZn1oU
- Lester Young with Oscar Peterston Trio (1952): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PUrY7SOAxw
- Lester Young with Bill Pots Trio (1956): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt5VGONvNcQ

- Scott Hamilton (1977): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORXZ_GM0ooE
- Scott Hamilton and Dutch Swing College Band (2014):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALEl7wfFXTg

- Lee Konitz (tenor!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKg0g-lpKW0
- Charlie Parker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DS5bC-6Jtg
 

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Some inspiration for “Donna Lee”:

- Charlie Parker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hANODMX9c5g
- Lee Konitz (alto): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih6eTurLxek
- Johnny Griffin and Clark Terry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxmqVD8EAr8
- Pepper Adams and Nick Brignola: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVvQ_rKXP6o

Some inspiration for "Ice Freezes Red":

- Fats Navarro and Leo Parker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgBdOhl8rfE
- Stand Getz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8ZHhU0Hy0I

Some inspiration for “Ju-Ju”:

- Lennie Tristano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRZ6UvK3pEI
 

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Let me start with an oldie recorded in October 2012. I just got a new Otto Link mouthpiece in my collection, a metal Early Babbitt marked 11, but measuring 12. This was one the first times I played it and wanted to go for a Scott Hamilton sound (like the 1977 recording posted above). I used backing 1F (see post #1) for this recording.

Here is my 2012 clip:
- 'Indiana' (fast - Early Babbitt 12 - Plasticover 2): http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=11934333

Hope to record and post some new stuff later this month.
 

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Great! :bounce:
 

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Such a great pick!! Can't wait to get in on this one.
Thanks. I was actually hoping on a killing version of 'Donna Lee' from you Dave :bluewink:!
 

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Well I'll definitely be posting that tune...hope I live up to the hype!
I'm sure you can Dave (and if you can't it's no issue, no-one ever died because of playing a wrong note!).
 

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For the swing lovers under us, here a killing and wild 1944 version of 'Indiana' by Ike Quebec (don't forget to check his closing chorus after 3:00):

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

Who can still play and sound like that (I would love too, but I can't!)?
 

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Great pick Peter.... it's hard to believe that after all these years nobody had picked this. Such an essential tune!

This month's tune reminded me that I still have a solo to finish transcribing, Lester Young's solo on "Indiana" from the Aladdin sessions with Nat King Cole. I got up to about the 3'50" mark and then stopped (don't remember why)..... luckily I wrote it down as I went, so I'm sharing what I have so far if anyone is interested. Here's the Dropbox link for the four pages I have so far, and hopefully I can finish it this month. The Youtube link is back up in post #2. Enjoy!


https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6upva464dz9a5lg/AABW41M_C1U2SU_hNSVUSKR0a?dl=0
 

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Great pick Peter.... it's hard to believe that after all these years nobody had picked this. Such an essential tune!

This month's tune reminded me that I still have a solo to finish transcribing, Lester Young's solo on "Indiana" from the Aladdin sessions with Nat King Cole. I got up to about the 3'50" mark and then stopped (don't remember why)..... luckily I wrote it down as I went, so I'm sharing what I have so far if anyone is interested. Here's the Dropbox link for the four pages I have so far, and hopefully I can finish it this month. The Youtube link is back up in post #2. Enjoy!


https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6upva464dz9a5lg/AABW41M_C1U2SU_hNSVUSKR0a?dl=0
Looks great Dave- you're awesome! (Especially for us lazy transcribers!) :salute:
 

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Great pick Peter.... it's hard to believe that after all these years nobody had picked this. Such an essential tune!

This month's tune reminded me that I still have a solo to finish transcribing, Lester Young's solo on "Indiana" from the Aladdin sessions with Nat King Cole. I got up to about the 3'50" mark and then stopped (don't remember why)..... luckily I wrote it down as I went, so I'm sharing what I have so far if anyone is interested. Here's the Dropbox link for the four pages I have so far, and hopefully I can finish it this month. The Youtube link is back up in post #2. Enjoy!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6upva464dz9a5lg/AABW41M_C1U2SU_hNSVUSKR0a?dl=0
Thanks for the transcription Dave :). Here is the Lester track from post #2 matching with your transcription:
- Lester Young with Nat King Cole (1942): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px2vtKa-O3c

Lester's 1942 version was one of the reasons for me to pick this tune, and indeed also because it's an essential song to learn for each sax player (like I Got Rhythm and the Blues). I hope our great Liam will pop in this month, he would for sure be able to give us some Lester vibes :).
 

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Well here's my first take for the month- "Donna Lee." Definition on a quick and dirty take- snuck it in in-between lessons at school. Used irealpro for the backing. Hope you like it!

https://app.box.com/s/542reqpb7fruyl0u73pje99dydsdjuro
Dave, this is insane, you're killing the thread with this incredible good take (nobody wants to follow this lol!) :).

I think you have this tune for years under the belt, since you tear it up and down and the other way around like a magician! Flying over the chords like it's nothing, beautiful alto sound (sweet and raw at the same time) and a fantastic variation in your improvised lines. My lady is not really into jazz, but she saw me becoming crazy with my head phone behind the laptop and saw the big smile on my face and she wanted to know what happened. Played the song for her and now she wants your autograph :bluewink:!

Thanks for sharing this Dave, I'm sure Charlie Parker would be proud (and jealous!) on you :).
 

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Dave, this is insane, you're killing the thread with this incredible good take (nobody wants to follow this lol!) :).

I think you have this tune for years under the belt, since you tear it up and down and the other way around like a magician! Flying over the chords like it's nothing, beautiful alto sound (sweet and raw at the same time) and a fantastic variation in your improvised lines. My lady is not really into jazz, but she saw me becoming crazy with my head phone behind the laptop and saw the big smile on my face and she wanted to know what happened. Played the song for her and now she wants your autograph :bluewink:!

Thanks for sharing this Dave, I'm sure Charlie Parker would be proud (and jealous!) on you :).
Wow!! Thanks for such high praise! I really appreciate it. Yes I've been playing and loving this song for a (relatively) long time. I didn't kill the thread! Many more will post don't you worry. I'm really glad you loved it so much, and your wife too. Once I finally get a CD done I'll send an autographed copy your way :p

The only thing I have an issue with is your line about Bird. He would NEVER ever ever ever be jealous of my playing! (Thanks for saying he'd be proud, though :) )
 
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