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Dear TOTM-friends,

I‘m glad to be the host for the TOTM 10/2020. Thank you so much DaveEb for hosting september with „Lullaby of Birdland“. – For October I chose another absolute classic - „Girl from Ipanema“ from Tom Jobim.

When I thought about this song as TOTM, I looked up the the list in the archives – and Bingo – it was never a TOTM before.
Peter told me, that it was one month in the B/I section, which really astonished me! GfI a Beginner song?

In fact, the reason I took this is, that I always shy away from playing this song, because I remember playing some really embarrassing soli in the past. The song is super popular (it seems it is the song with the second most recordings ever) and everyone is expexting this smooth and seamless Stan Getz vibe, but as we all know that‘s not easy to achieve, especially in the bridge.
I was always happy when I had a shaker in my hand when this song was called, and other players could search their path through the chord- and key-jungle.

But now I‘d like to be able to play this at least semi-convincing on sax myself – so let‘s get started!

Sheets and backings can be found here, but there are many more on the internet.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/diw36tm5jvmhais/AAAsTwBaeOTZVzcuAcnrK1bDa?dl=0

Some classical and interesting versions of this song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSJ5xZci9mI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nim7Xs41UJo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NldPFVKYmiw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNZu5J3CaMI


Adam Neely released a imo super interesting YT-Film about the history, the chords, the melody etc. His analysis of the chord progression (especially of the bridge) were deeply discussed in this thread here on SOTW:

https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showt...-Theory-Question-Re-Chords-and-their-Function.

I quote two members with their way of thinking af the chords in the middle section, that I find really helpfull:

1st: Adamk:

One way to look at it.

FMaj7 (key center), G7 (5 of 5), Gb7b5 (tritone sub), 1st ending: FMaj7, Gb7b5,
2nd ending: FMaj7, bridge: GbMaj7 ( instant modulation with old key center note in melody), B7 (implies key of E), Sequence from last 2 measures: F#min7 (IImin in E melody 3rd of E ), D7 (Implies key of G), Sequence: Gmin7 (new root), Eb7 (implies key of Ab or acts as tritone sub), Amin7, D7b9(#11) (II-V Key of G), Sequence: Gmin7, C7b9(#11) (II-V key of F, back to original key), Verse then end.


2nd: Pete Thomas:

To make things easy and I also think of chord on bar 5 as I of A (Amaj7) and on bar 9 as chord I of Bb. (Bbmaj7). This way thew whole bridge sequence makes a lot more sense in terms of functional harmony.

key centres:

Bar 1 - 4 = F# (chords I and IV7) (Ab for tenor – Eb for alto)
Bar 5 - 8 = A (chords I and IV7) (B for tenor – Gb/F# for alto)
Bar 9 - 12 = Bb (chords I and IV7) (C for tenor – G for alto)
Bar 13 - 16 = F (IIIm7 - VIm7 -IIm7 -V7) (G for tenor – D for alto)

All I need memorise is four bar sequences with I - IV7 change (like a blues). These ascend up a minor 3rd, then up a tone then cycle back into the key of the A section.


But however, the goal for all this stuff is of course to play melodic lines, that make kind of sense. Stan Getz (and Kenny G and many others - sorry to name these two in one sentence) stays – at least in his famous recording with Astrud Gilberto – near by the melody, so that‘s a very usefull aproach to master the B-section.

Don‘t be shy if you get lost in the middle and upload also your half decent or even failed tracks. I hope that we have many contributions!
 

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Re: SOTW-TOTM for October 2020 - The Girl from Ipanema

I cannot believe :)... Ipanema here!
 

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I cannot believe :)... Ipanema here!
Why? You think you're too good for a great samba by Gilberto/Getz? The original version has never been used for elevator music - just the lame commercial version.
 

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Re: SOTW-TOTM for October 2020 - The Girl from Ipanema

Sounds like an interesting challenge! I'm psyched. Hopefully those adding to the controversy of the Neely video can come here and help us all out with some great versions :)
 

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Why? You think you're too good for a great samba by Gilberto/Getz?
original line of thinking...

I am just happy to see Jobim stuff offered as a TOTM... never saw in last 3 years of my constant participation.

Is the answer OK for you? :)
 

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Re: SOTW-TOTM for October 2020 - The Girl from Ipanema

What a great choice, and like Michael I am amazed that this wonderful tune hasn't featured previously on TOTM!

As you have now opened the field to 'half decent' or 'failed' contributions I feel more than qualified to contribute - standby!

Bill
 

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Re: SOTW-TOTM for October 2020 - The Girl from Ipanema

First track - pure beauty. Thank you Alex for your wonderful playing!
 

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Re: SOTW-TOTM for October 2020 - The Girl from Ipanema

As the host I cheated and recorded a track one day before to be the first poster. No chance, Alex was first and raised the bar really high.

Here's my take on tenor, trying to move accident free through the bridge and control those subtones:

https://hearthis.at/taragot/girl-from-ipanematenor/
 
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Re: SOTW-TOTM for October 2020 - The Girl from Ipanema

Hi guys,
just came to my mind... I actually have a recording of one of my forever young tune :).
It was back to 2006... went to a studio of a friend. It was just take one.

Of course will do a new one with a great pleasure and will add my EWI.

https://1drv.ms/u/s!Ar0t68kb42Tx4DvB2EPF13xWY1CR?e=gcNDKY
 
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