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I am happy to have been asked to select the TOTM for June 2017. I have chosen "I'll Remember April", a popular song with melody written by Gene de Paul. It made its debut in the 1942 Abbott and Costello film “Ride 'Em Cowboy” and over the years has become a jazz standard for both instrumentalists and vocalists.

The song is performed at a wide range of tempos. Instrumentalists tend to play it at tempos from moderately fast through burning fast. The pace of harmonic movement is unhurried, but the long form, 48 bars rather than the standard 12 and 32 bar forms of most standards, allows for interesting variations by creative jazz soloists.

Numerous recordings of “I’ll Remember April” in various styles at various tempos can be readily found on Youtube, including notable performances by Stan Getz, Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderley and Dexter Gordon. A few players have made a specialty of the song - Lee Konitz has actually given us recordings in six different decades.

Charts:
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https://app.box.com/s/7gsve5zmw7f622b31gzpg81h7t85yj17
Bb
https://app.box.com/s/z2343l4vz3gxn9bf56i8itd17gg1ye4b
Eb
https://app.box.com/s/f9kse4jpui1zw42xqlsr9j5al5ai6hvg

Backing Tracks:

Approx. 146 BPM
https://app.box.com/s/oebkntsei4dibqyx5kenja41xja3veep

Approx. 175 BPM (all Latin rhythm)
https://app.box.com/s/811sh0huoh3loaikw39dlpu2z3jurr01

Approx. 192 BPM (8 bar intro)
https://app.box.com/s/ubgjoh61muifk22g0mifjzsl3flz9uyp

228 BPM (8 bar intro)
https://app.box.com/s/7q2ykorip1o987bbxfes33lmj9s52o3x

Burning fast tempo
https://app.box.com/s/nclihafksq14qocu44wjksvm40w09bzr

I encourage everyone to give “I’ll Remember April” a try.
 

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Great choice of tune for TOTM, Saxy. It's a beautiful tune and one that is agreeable played in any style. I wonder if this tune will feature in combo sessions at the Aebersold Jazz Camp this year.
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Here is my quick and dirty take done with the Latin backing track. I got a bit distracted by the terrible drum rhythm in the backing during the first part of the take, but managed to finish it by just ignoring that (learned that the hard way by often playing in less than ideal circumstances)!

- 'Ill Remember April' (Florida no USA 10* - Rico Royal 2) - Latin:
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13583934

Also did do a recording with a Swing backing, will probably post that later this month.
 

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For your consideration - here is my unedited take with the 228 BPM backing track.

https://soundcloud.com/saxy-in-san-diego/ill-remember-april

Looking forward to constructive comments.
SSD, wonderful take. :)

You handled the higher tempo very well. Nice rich and solid tenor sound and the improvisation was full of idea's and never boring. Can now understand why you did choose this tune, I fly over it! Only annoying thing for me in the take is the hammer piano, but that's not your fault!

You don't sound distracted ... you can probably drive while texting also ! :bluewink:
Awesome !!
Thanks Brendan. :)

Please don't tell the police that I can text during driving, I already get enough tickets for driving too fast! :mrgreen:

Another one take jake :

https://soundcloud.com/brendan-sax/ill-remember-april-sop

Stumblin-bumblin reverby cheese. :evil:
Brendan, not a bad take at all! Your playing really improved a lot over the last year, great to witness that. :)

PS. I missed the baritone and a picture of your red cat (but I can imagine he/she disappears when you get the sop out! :mrgreen:).
 

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SSD, wonderful take. :)

You handled the higher tempo very well. Nice rich and solid tenor sound and the improvisation was full of idea's and never boring. Can now understand why you did choose this tune, I fly over it! Only annoying thing for me in the take is the hammer piano, but that's not your fault!
Thanks for the compliment Peter. I’ll have talk with that piano player.:Rant:
Ah yes, choosing the tune does have its advantages.:whistle:
 

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Sorry for my absence of late, I've been buried at work and it was either practice or post... So I chose practice. Anyway, I'm moving next month and will hopefully have more time to participate again.

I love this tune and hope to have time for a recording sometime in the next week or two. Thanks to Mr PeeBee for picking me up when I faltered and apologies to all for over extending myself at the expense of the forum.

@Brendan:

It was definitely pushing the skills level. I hope you give it a go at a slower tempo. I practice with the 192 bpm track and it's about at my limits. As always, your rich tone carries through even when the fingers don't :)

@Mr PeeBee:

I get what you're saying to a point about the rust. There were a few spots where it felt like the fingers weren't quite where you wanted. I love the way you work a melody. You are very respectful to the tune, but add a very tasteful amount of personal interpretation. At this point, I try to stay very close to the written melody until I have a little more stylistic command. Ideas are nicely varied, and as always that classic fat tenor sound kills!

@Brendan:

Your soprano sounds almost like a melodica. It's a much more manageable tempo and it shows. Your ideas are clearer and you aren't fighting the keywork. Well done.


@Saxy:

Nice work overall. When you're playing the melody and sometimes when improvising you're playing behind the beat. Almost always quite effectively... A few times, especially around the 2:30 mark it felt less "controlled" or I guess out of time. I do like the way you were playing motifs and especially when they were descending lines. I"m not even going to try beyond the 192bpm track. That'll be plenty of work for me :) Good job, and great pick for ToTM.
 

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Thanks John, and good to see you back here. Real life is always more important than forum activities, so no need for apologies. Hope to see you more here on SOTW in the near future when it fits again into your life. Take care. :)
 

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I have managed to set up a studio at home after some time without one. And now instead of the usual mixing desk, monitors, cables etc I have the iPad and a digital mic. Marvellous thing technology. So I haven't posted a clip on this section before although I have commented on many excellent clips from others. I offer a quick take on I R A and hope it's okay. It's not a standard that I've played over a lot in the past although I've always been well aware of it. I'll try and put some more clips up in the future of whatever is suggested. Thanks for listening. https://app.box.com/s/bdakhbk3bf93i2u5mbcx11i3cxhdxj7j I hope this link works.
 
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