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I really thank dctwells for giving me the honor to pick the tune of September.
This is a really an old tune called September In The Rain from Harry Warren & Al Dubin.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_in_the_Rain

This is a play along for the tune : http://youtu.be/5ecKmaXHX7I

I think there are many on the web.

You can also check the tune in Aebersold number 40 called "Round Midnight".

The score can also be found in The Real Book.

These are some versions :
http://youtu.be/LDItVvCv-Xg
http://youtu.be/F3rAbQjjQAk
http://youtu.be/757LjrGaYLI


This is a very great one from Alexander Levin and his quintet : http://youtu.be/XwaniAd43Rs


And I'm very ashamed to present you this : http://youtu.be/z_mZUM9TNc0
 

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FWIW Tadd Dameron's "On A Misty Night" is another tune written on the changes to "September In the Rain".
 

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Through the miracles of modern medicine (otherwise know as surgery recovery) I've ended up with extra time on my hands, so I figured I'd take an early shot at this tune for a change, nearly PeeBee style (it's the second take). Thankfully, I think I've set the bar fairly low, giving plenty of room for improvement. Being I hadn't pulled out the laptop until now, I was stuck using the iRealB backing, will take a shot with the provided backing (it's much better) later, and depending upon how quickly my knee feels better, perhaps live. Per usual, comments welcomed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ecKmaXHX7I&feature=youtu.be
 

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There are several great versions of "On a Misty Night" on Utoob.
Joel Frahm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV9uZeUj-tA
Joe Lovano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoxlzBaM2VM
John Coltrane:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnHPvZtyJ_Q&list=PLg_Q77RuNcLNAGj17AwFBTaguYB5tZJ1U
Nice alternative or you can do both tunes. It's good for getting your glissandi together. :cool:
Thanks for pointing these out! Great music. (Also I probably have a backing for this...)

Another version of "On a Misty Night" that I enjoyed was Gary Bartz's, live (Kenny Barron is
on piano). Album cover is kind of poignant now though. Also the first I've seen him with a (relative) buzz cut!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTq-nZbWOM4&list=PLg_Q77RuNcLNAGj17AwFBTaguYB5tZJ1U&index=3
 

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@ B Flat - really, really nice sound. Still trying to get there. Your confidence in tone helps cover the places where you lost your place most of the time. Some neat licks particularly in the turnaround of the bridge on your second chorus of the solo. Nice swinging feel.
 

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@B Flat : nice sound, even if you say you're not confident, you know how it works, there are dynamic and feeling, even if you feel you are not exploring the harmony as you would like (you say it sounds ordinary) you underline the chords progression.

@scargo : good but the play along doesn't seem to help you and forces you to play a little bit "mechanical". I like your humour, good title. You should articulate more.Thanks for sharing.
Through the miracles of modern medicine (otherwise know as surgery recovery) I've ended up with extra time on my hands, so I figured I'd take an early shot at this tune for a change, nearly PeeBee style (it's the second take). and depending upon how quickly my knee feels better, perhaps live. Per usual, comments welcomed.
Glad to know you can play.


Hum... this is an old version I made...
I don't know if someone has listened to it, but...
I share it.
I'm a bit out of tune... I will try to do better.
 

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I've been waiting for a main SOTW TOTM that's not way over my head. I think this one is so simple a caveman could play it. Unfortunately, that would also describe my playing. Simple and it sounds like a caveman just picked up a sax. So if you can stand it, here is my version.

https://app.box.com/s/3y79flclturxe19iz8id
It is not because you play a pentatonic you are a caveman, does a caveman know what a bridge is ? You do so you are not a caveman.
You know when the head starts and ends, same thing with the solo, that's a good point.
OK, it's simple but it doesn't sound bad, on the other hand, it could sound better if you used more articulations and dynamics.
You could add to your pentatonic some notable extra notes to colour your solo, you can try with your intuition first if the chord progression seems to be boring for you but I don't think it's the case because your perfectly know the structure.
Thanks for sharing.
About the sound, I'm quite sure your reed is a bit too weak, maybe I'm wrong but I guess you let it vibrate without controlling it, with another reed you could get a sound that could have more shape on all your range.
 

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Very nice choice, Lionelsax; thanks! I knew the song through Sinatra but had not really thought of it as an ideal jazz standard. Turns out to work well as jazz though.

Here's a quick first take. Did a few minimal runs through the changes with arpeggios first, but this is mostly just playing by ear.

https://db.tt/1GGkMsGQ

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Enjoyable take, Lionel. Some cool lines in there, good job getting more complex as things go along. Unique tone... especially when you are playing lower and slower, it sounds uncannily like trombone! Is that partly an effect of the recording setup, or are you able to get your horn to sound like that! Don't get me wrong... I like it!

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So if you can stand it, here is my version.

https://app.box.com/s/3y79flclturxe19iz8id
Jimmylh, I somehow got the idea you have not been playing for all that long, maybe from another thread... if I'm wrong then apologies, but I think your tone and breath support is excellent for a relative beginner. Not easy to do that at first, especially on a Link.

I think the first thing you should work on is swinging the melody. You're playing the rhythms correctly as written (as far as I can tell), which is a good thing to do at first to get the tune and its structure down, but it will sound a lot better when you start varying the note lengths and emphasis in a swinging way... just listen to some of pros people have linked at Youtube and when you find one whose swing you like, emulate it. I think you're ready for that. (Sorry if I'm belaboring the obvious.)

Howard
 
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