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Dear TOTM-friends,
it‘s a big honour for me to welcome everybody in this new century. Thank you Brendan for hosting the last TOTM of the last decade!

I choose a title which should be able to bring us all with a smile in the upcoming roaring twenties – Bluesette from Toots Thielemans. I knew this song always with the haunting harmonica from Toots, but learned now that it was originally recorded with him whistling along in unisono with his guitar. Really astonishing what this man could do! It‘s a jazz-waltz, but he played it in several styles and meters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKnG_9q4crA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi4G6UmYK9U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtGMDmjk6EA

Harmonically it‘s a basicaly a descending sequence of ii V‘s which starts in concert Bb and gets back again 24 bars later. It touches Eb, Db and Cb on it‘s way down for a short while. The melodic line is so beautiful balanced! I admire how Thielemans works with sequencing motivs, but changes direction now and then, so everything is in a flow and feels logical and fresh– but it‘s not at all in a conventional form like AABA or so.

You find lead sheets and some backing tracks here, but there are much more online.
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7tydc1u5madvxam/AABjBWNViqjFVzUKswQ6q2gXa?dl=0

A little more history can be found here:
https://www.jazziz.com/short-history-bluesette-toots-thielemans-1964/

I‘m looking foreward to many contributions.
Cheers!
 

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Cool ! Aebersold Vol 43 has been getting quite the workout these past few months ... :)
 

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Ha ! There's no way my wife could sleep through my playing .. just the random swearing would jolt her awake !

I enjoyed both takes Lionel - but I preferred the not serious one more ! :mrgreen:


You'll find lead sheets and some backing tracks here
Also note that the Aebersold backing is in a different key (G). :)
 

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Ha ! There's no way my wife could sleep through my playing .. just the random swearing would jolt her awake !

I enjoyed both takes Lionel - but I preferred the not serious one more ! :mrgreen:
Thanks a lot, I made another backing track on guitar, at first I tried with my classical guitar but it was hard to record, then I did it with my electric one, a solid body, I added a microphone in front of it to capture it unplugged in order to make believe it's a jazz one, it's got flatwound strings, so the bass is smooth.
https://app.box.com/s/abj4q3ilbshfk4dlgfxnw4hjpyar2psd

And I tried it : https://app.box.com/s/1ijml2n5v830i48x6dv1rcdkjbstrx8h


I tried another thing, just the bass.
I would be honoured if someone tried it, it's without a click so...
https://app.box.com/s/czqif9y2t01mlyc4yo4snjhe2r1wwckq
 

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Great tracks, Lionel! MrPeeBee launched a "Battle with yourself-TOTM" some months ago - I liked the idea a lot and your tenor-alto-track fitted perfectly in that approach. Very lush and nice solo tenor track with impressive doubletime runs! I'll try that too, but will likely mess it up...
 

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Happy new year !
This is my rendition while my girlfriend was sleeping, She always encourages me to play even if she's sleeping.

Serious one : https://app.box.com/s/t5fyhiobyzw7uhzoa1ro5crst6gb6vw9

Not serious : https://app.box.com/s/fuggt15mhjnce8jwihy0jwqf0tkvumif

Just for fun, you can use it as a backing track if you want, maybe it is not the best but it's quite sincere.
https://app.box.com/s/y7cb2catk9hmr1ncvo6vwep2nspjqj8e
Wow, double threat! Nice job on both takes, but I'm especially impressed with the guitar take. Really nice sound and voicings .... I can't play a string instrument to save my life so I'm jealous!

On the sax take, your lines and ideas are very good ... I'd love to hear you loosen up with your sound and phrasing a bit more to really make those ideas sing. The melody as it's written is especially stiff with all those quarter notes so don't be afraid to incorporate a little space and syncopation. A little vibrato in your sound and strong air support could also make your ideas sound even better than they already do. Nice take!
 

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We play this song already for a long time with the Big Band I'm in and I found a (crappy) YouTube recording from a live concert we did in Rotterdam (NL) back in 2011!

It's arranged as a Cha-Cha by Dutch pro arranger/drummer Anton Burger. Just band ensemble work, no solo's.
My (ugly) face is hidden behind the director, so it's safe to watch!

'Bluesette' starts at 5:00 in below link (before that we play 'Beyond The Sea' at 1:55):
https://youtu.be/XvcV9idM0fM?t=5m00s

(PS. The band sounds much better now and I happily never saw that terrible stand-in piano guy anymore after that gig!)
 

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Wow, double threat! Nice job on both takes, but I'm especially impressed with the guitar take. Really nice sound and voicings .... I can't play a string instrument to save my life so I'm jealous!

On the sax take, your lines and ideas are very good ... I'd love to hear you loosen up with your sound and phrasing a bit more to really make those ideas sing. The melody as it's written is especially stiff with all those quarter notes so don't be afraid to incorporate a little space and syncopation. A little vibrato in your sound and strong air support could also make your ideas sound even better than they already do. Nice take!
Thank you, I don't know, about the guitar, the version you listened to.

About the guitar, I had studied the classical for two years when I was a teen (16-18 years old), I've got some fundamentals.
Then when I was studying jazz in 1998-2000, I studied a little bit the chords.
Then years ago, after having bought a bass guitar and written some bass lines, I started again.
Some years ago I started to play chords incorporating the bass.

About my solos, you're right, I don't leave enough space, I'm afraid to lose energy but I should try.
Thanks for your very nice comments.
 

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Great tracks, Lionel! MrPeeBee launched a "Battle with yourself-TOTM" some months ago - I liked the idea a lot and your tenor-alto-track fitted perfectly in that approach. Very lush and nice solo tenor track with impressive doubletime runs! I'll try that too, but will likely mess it up...
Thank you, sometimes I'm not very aware about I'm playing, double time runs, I didn't know I was playing 16th notes.
 

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We play this song already for a long time with the Big Band I'm in and I found a (crappy) YouTube recording from a live concert we did in Rotterdam (NL) back in 2011!

It's arranged as a Cha-Cha by Dutch pro arranger/drummer Anton Burger. Just band ensemble work, no solo's.
My (ugly) face is hidden behind the director, so it's safe to watch!

'Bluesette' starts at 5:00 in below link (before that we play 'Beyond The Sea' at 1:55):
https://youtu.be/XvcV9idM0fM?t=5m00s

(PS. The band sounds much better now and I happily never saw that terrible stand-in piano guy anymore after that gig!)
You know it is not so terrible, everyone has got this kind of experience, mine are worst, but it's good to live it, at the end, they are good experiences.
 

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What a tenor sound, David! I know you make your living from it, so you have to sound good:whistle:, but this sounds so great!

@peter: Bluesette is such a nice piece - can be played in in so many feelings and meters. I hear a lot of good music behind the live-recording-mud
 

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I in lazy christmas holliday mode, but managed now to upload two tracks:

The first is on piccolo, I tried to mimic Toots the whistler, but it ain't so easy to sound so easy as Toots.... I chose one of the faster BTs, and it drove me nuts, until I realized that there are 2 forms existing from this tune. The first (and only I knew) is 24 bars, the other is 24 + 32 bars, in the second chorus it's iii/iii/VI/VI/ii/ii/V/V and then a 4 bar turnaround instead of simply ii/bII/V/I.
So you hear me struggling with instrument and form ....Listening not recommended!
https://hearthis.at/taragot/bluesette-piccolo/


The other track tries to emulate Toots with the haunting harmonica with soprano sax:
https://hearthis.at/taragot/bluesette-sopranosax/
 

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You know it is not so terrible, everyone has got this kind of experience, mine are worst, but it's good to live it, at the end, they are good experiences.
@peter: Bluesette is such a nice piece - can be played in in so many feelings and meters. I hear a lot of good music behind the live-recording-mud
Thanks for the comments guys.

We play this song quiet well in the last years and the arrangement is really nice, it's a pity I only have this crappy recording to share.
 

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@Taragot - Checked out both recordings and liked them both. You play the head really well and both solo's run well and follow the chords. I'm normally not a soprano guy, but liked your sound a lot. Great playing, your playing seem to have improved a lot since some years ago. :)
 
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