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Thanks to Mrpeebee for letting me pick the tune for this month. This standard (Cherokee) is well known and there is a cool melody recorded by Stan Getz called Parker 51 wich is based on the chords of cherokee. Looking forward to hear your takes.

http://youtu.be/JUrKtwdIgz8

http://youtu.be/00ezGLkhw8o

Enjoy!
 

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Very nice pick Roger :).

Love the 1943 Parker version you posted above, one of my favourites. Parker also composed 'Ko-Ko' on the same chords, so that's also a possible tune to work on this month.

Multiple backings can be found for Cherokee on YouTube. A few examples:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE7JuNO_-gc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEmiIOJSzKc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4aSsnCMNFY

Which can be downloaded to your PC as MP3 using this site:
http://www.youtube-mp3.org/

Also added your pick to the main TOTM index:
http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showth...2009-onwards&p=2491544&viewfull=1#post2491544

Looking forward to many takes :).
 

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The Griffin version from the 3 above appeals to me the most, nice.
And that was a bonus track of a re-release of his first album, meaning that it was not good enough for the first one! I hear some issues with the reed and lower register in the theme, but I also love it (this is for me one of the best tenor sounds ever recorded, he sounds here better on the 6* Tone Master then on his later 10* Florida).

But I think Don Byas really killed the tune in his solo. His take might sound a bit too old school for you in the beginning and the rhythm section is also not operating on his level, but watch what he does in the solo. He turns everything up and down and does plays some really superb stuff in the bridges, playing changes and turnarounds in a tempo and with a control you normally only here with Parker.
 

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Just found this deep in my iTunes- here's a solo on "Cherokee" from a gig I did in NYC with my band about 5-6 years ago. Crazy to hear how much improvement there is in that amount of time!

https://app.box.com/s/32mtk2fh39osop201su9
Oh yeah, you were horrible back then Dave. What were you thinking, playing in public?

All joking aside, that is exactly what one expects to hear in NYC, world class bebop! Absolutely world class my friend.
 

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Oh yeah, you were horrible back then Dave. What were you thinking, playing in public?

All joking aside, that is exactly what one expects to hear in NYC, world class bebop! Absolutely world class my friend.
Thanks so much! Really appreciate the compliments, and glad you enjoyed it.
 

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Liam - you beat me to Apache Dance by George Coleman. For those that don't have the album, it's on "Amsterdam After Dark" and super burning.

Dave P. - burning .... then and now!



I'm having a lot of fun exploring the sound of my new 10M and decided to go for a more freebop take to start the month ....

http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13330008
 

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@Dave Pollack - Wow, already a great player back then (but I indeed hear the improvement). I guess you already sounded good as an embryo Dave!

@dctwells - David, great way to explore this tune. Still hearing the Conn vibe in the sound, even in this late Coltrane type of take. Sounding good, but you came closer to that style on your Viking. Nice small riff at 3:17, sounded a bit like a mixture of The A Train and the Flinnstones theme to me!
 

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Some inspiration from a few old (tenor) masters:

- Jaws with Count Basie:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTflX14JH6Y

- Don Byas Quartet (1946):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4uWYN2sULE

- Griff (1956):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XIPDG2GBIs

Those who want to work on a slightly slower tune can always join the other TOTM thread which features this month 'Blues For Alice': :mrgreen:
http://forum.saxontheweb.net/showth...-Intermediate-TOTM-March-2016-Blues-For-Alice
Here's a nice relaxed tempo . :twisted:

 

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Hmmm, indeed a nice relaxed version Tryp, that's a very talented player!

Here is a version of 'Cherokee' from Ferdinand Povel with a big band, a very talented player from my country: :mrgreen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar-UQwxIZTU
 
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