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Happy Easter, everybody!
Since I was asked yesterday from MrPeeBee if I could host the TOTM for April, I had many tunes in mind, which didn‘t quite fit in one or the other way.
At the end I remebered a song that I played with my band many moons ago and I always liked (and feared a bit):

FRIDAY NIGHT at the CADILLAC CLUB from Bob Berg.

If you listen to this tune in a version with Bob Berg and Mike Stern, you‘ll propably think it‘s a crazy idea to choose this song (perhaps it is), because they play it lightning fast. And the changes seem to be really confusing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP2EYCgcb-Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOOanFtqQvc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evhn3l-ci8Q

You‘ll find many more jazzclub versions on youtube.

Fortunatelly, the backing track (I found only one) is not soooo fast.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JfZsMApI3g
And with the changes – I think of them in a way as a 24bar-Bluesform, and hope that the jazzpolice is not listening too carefully (or is on holidays at the cadillac club and - after a beer or two - take the laws of jazz not too serious).

Here are the leadsheets. I think it's totally ok to simplify some of the runs if needed:

C: https://www.dropbox.com/s/0g1nfguw6db6hb5/Friday Night at the Cadillac Club - Flöte.pdf?dl=0
Eb: https://www.dropbox.com/s/itmzk0cav500him/Friday Night at the Cadillac Club - Altsaxophon.pdf?dl=0
Bb: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wbkazopq1jlujk5/Friday Night at the Cadillac Club - Tenorsaxophon.pdf?dl=0


I‘ll provide a mp3 from the backing track later, when the children have found all their eggs ….

Have fun
 

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Well this one should be... challenging.
Don't get too hung up on each individual chord- this tune is really not that tough to blow over once you just look at the big key centers. I don't have time now but I can dig into it a little more at a later time- don't worry people!!
 

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Don't get too hung up on each individual chord- this tune is really not that tough to blow over once you just look at the big key centers.
Exactly!

I will definitely be jumping in this month!
That's the attitude we need!:cheers:

I just noodeled around on my tenor, and this is superfun to play. Don't tell it the jazzpolice, but I faked it mostly by mixing the blues- and chromatic scale. The triplet runs in the head are a bit akward, but if rhythm and direction is right ....

I chose the slowed down track and like it much more that way than the parforcetour, Berg and Stern do.

https://soundcloud.com/taragot/friday-night-the-cadillac-club-138_tenor

BTW: The intro is 4x4 bars ....

PS: Which reverb do you guys take in audacity?
 

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I chose the slowed down track and like it much more that way than the parforcetour, Berg and Stern do.

https://soundcloud.com/taragot/friday-night-the-cadillac-club-138_tenor

BTW: The intro is 4x4 bars ....

PS: Which reverb do you guys take in audacity?
@Taragot - Excelent start and the slower tempo does for sure work. :)

About the reverb: seemed you used a lot of tail in the reverb setting. I normally try to apply as less as possible. In Audacity I duplicate by sax only track and apply GVerb to that with only some small room reverb (15 m2) and the rest of parameters on zero (sometimes use a tail of -4). After that I mix my sax only take with the GVerb take in a certain ratio until it sounds ok in my ears (mostly gain -2 for sax and -16 for GVerb, depending on the song). You can also import a plug-in for Oldskoolreverb, that also has a lot of options with nicer effect than the standard Audacity GVerb with all settings filled in (which is for me often way too strong).
 

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Wow. Berg is a true monster. One of the best jazz tenor sounds and techniques I've heard. Looks like some kind of Link he's playing.
 

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I've been playing this all afternoon- super fun and good pick! A tune I didn't know- been recording it today on alto but I want to look at the progression some more this week. I haven't done TOTM for awhile and I miss it! :)
 

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Great tune, great call. I'm thrilled and delighted that anyone would call a Bob Berg tune. As much as I am a freak for Joe Henderson and Michael Brecker, I feel like Bob Berg is one of the really underrated post-Coltrane players (along with Bob Mintzer). There's some great video of Bob Berg playing with Horace Silver. Love his New Birth record with Cedar Walton and Al Foster. And of course the records with Mike Stern (Upside/Downside, Time in Place, Short Stories, Cycles, In the Shadows, Jigsaw, etc.)
 

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I've been playing this all afternoon- super fun and good pick! A tune I didn't know- been recording it today on alto but I want to look at the progression some more this week. I haven't done TOTM for awhile and I miss it!
I'm looking foreword to your track, Sonja!

It can't be wrong to look at the chord progressions (f.e. the chromatically descending chords) to have have more options when improvising. I skipped this step, with the result that I used the same licks a bit too often ....:mrgreen:

Which track did you use?
 

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I'm looking foreword to your track, Sonja!

It can't be wrong to look at the chord progressions (f.e. the chromatically descending chords) to have have more options when improvising. I skipped this step, with the result that I used the same licks a bit too often ....:mrgreen:

Which track did you use?
I think I put the slower one in my sequencer (I use Reason), I'm trying different tempos.
 

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So .. why wait until it's under the fingers ?? :bluewink: :mrgreen:
(Just keeping the thread moving ..)

Canadian Club Headache

The head is still a bit sloppy and bouncy ... and too many long notes.
And the tuneless wonder that is the improv is just me feeling out the chords with no real sense of direction.
More playing and especially some more listening (never heard the tune) should help a bit over the next few weeks.
 

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Well done, Brendan! You're hitting the big points in the head, and that's what counts imho.

So .. why wait until it's under the fingers ??
(Just keeping the thread moving ..)
You're my brother!
 

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Great to hear you Brendan!:)
 

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Yeah, Guido! I like your laidback phrasing and sound on alto. You never loose the form, even if you arrive to late in a phrase. And thank you for bringing back this TOTM to the awareness. It's really a fun song to play and not too hard if you don't want to compete with berg and stern in the musical formula 1 race.
 
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