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Rob contacted four persons to choose the next TOTM, but unfortunately without success. So in order to continue our TOTM range since November 2009 I decided to choose this month tune myself. I wanted a not too difficult and swinging tune with free available backing tracks.

Our TOTM for November 2013 is: "Satin Doll" (composed by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington). We already did it earlier in the Beginners/Intermediates thread, but I guess it will be new for most main TOTM attenders.

Dots from Wiki (can be downloaded as PDF):
- In concert key (C): http://www.wikifonia.org/node/347#/C/0/1
- For Bb instruments (D): http://www.wikifonia.org/node/347#/Bb/0/1
- For Eb instruments (A): http://www.wikifonia.org/node/347#/Eb/0/1

Backing tracks as found on YouTube:
- Jazz (7:37 long): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIPLZmjLUqo
- Gypsy (3:21 long): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YD99XlSFkRQ
You can download those backing tracks to your PC as MP3 by copying the YouTube URL into this site:
http://www.youtube-mp3.org/

Example clips:
- Duke Ellington Orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrytKuC3Z_o
- Arnett Cobb: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2bmNIe2X10
(sound quality of this clip is not so good, but his playing is terrific [check what he does do at 5:00]!)
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Hope you guys like the tune, looking forward to many contributions :).
 

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Cobb's tone is huge. Swinging very hard. Nice choice.
 

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Cobb's tone is huge. Swinging very hard. Nice choice.
Glad you like it Davey and looking forward to your take(s).

Cobb's solo seems very straight forward, but his performance is especially in sound and timing almost un-human IMO :mrgreen:.
 

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Let me be the first to post some of my old takes I did for this tune in the B&I tread.

My first take was recorded with the gypsy backing from YouTube. Played on a 1950's Florida no USA 9 Otto Link and a La Voz medium reed, small amount of reverb added. Here is the link:

- 'Satin Doll' (Otto Link Florida no USA 9 - La Voz medium reed):
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12349047

My second take was recorded with the same backing as the one above (didn't like the others from YouTube), but this time played with two of my vintage Otto Link mouthpieces exchanging fours. The first mpc is a 1940's Tone Master (refaced from 5 to 8 by Erik G.) and the second mpc is a 1974 Early Babbitt 8* (original, for 20 years my main mpc). The theme is played unisono with some fills from the TM 8. The TM 8 starts the solo part at 1:10 and is on the right channel, the EB 8* follows after 4 bars at 1:20 and is on the left channel. At the end of the solo part they change per 2 bars.

- 'Satin Doll' (Tone Master 8
and Early Babbitt 8*
- La Voz medium reed):
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=12359944

Sounds are very simular. The TM 8 is a bit more focussed, the EB 8* a bit fatter and more spread. I like them both :).​
 

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nice classic swinger, will be some nice and interesting takes i think.
Thanks Ian. Hope to hear some nice version(s) from you (especially on that big fat bari) :).
 

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A classic jazz tune. Here is recently departed tenor (and flute and alto) great Frank Wess 'cookin' over it:

 

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Glad you like it Davey and looking forward to your take(s).

Cobb's solo seems very straight forward, but his performance is especially in sound and timing almost un-human IMO :mrgreen:.
Yea I cant for the comments :( and that was humour :twisted:
 

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A Wonderful tune that I played for years in the wrong key.

That's another I should start playing this month and then pop a recording out towards the end.

I just realized I know like 5 tunes that I haven't played in months. It's a good feeling.
 

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A classic jazz tune. Here is recently departed tenor (and flute and alto) great Frank Wess 'cookin' over it:

That's a lovely version of the late great Mr. Frank Wess, thanks for sharing Liam :).

Hope to hear a version from you too, maybe a nice comparison take between your Merlot and Double Ring :bluewink:?
 

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That's a lovely version of the late great Mr. Frank Wess, thanks for sharing Liam :).

Hope to hear a version from you too, maybe a nice comparison take between your Merlot and Double Ring :bluewink:?
Great idea with the mpc comparison recording! If Liam promise a Merlot vs double ring take i will promise a mpc café Primo vs Philtone Tribute take!

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@mrpeebee,,, Great mp stuff again. I liked the 1st clip on the 9 mp. All were sweet though, great Link sound. You sound so at home in this era of tunes, nice trills in there, way cool
 

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SOTW TOTM for November 2013 - Satin Doll
Rob contacted four persons to choose the next TOTM, but unfortunately without success. So in order to continue our TOTM range since November 2009 I decided to choose this month tune myself. I wanted a not too difficult and swinging tune with free available backing tracks.
If your having the same problem for december...i would love to pick out the next tune...
Looking forward to next week practice to record my satin doll version.
 

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@Chris-kn,,, steady again Chris. Smooth as silk as normal. Good little version for sure.
 

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My version. Went the duo route. Had fun on this toe tapper tune. Comments welcome good or bad of course

 
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