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Hi Everyone,

Taragot handed the torch over to me and I’m invited to host the tune for August 2017.
Those of you who have been here a while might remember that I hosted several tunes before;
Summertime 2013,Work Song 2014, Walkin’ Shoe 2015, Do Nothing till you hear from me 2016.
Now for 2017, I would like to leave the comfort zone of standard chord scheme’s ….This month no fast tune or easy blues.. This is the advanced TOTM after all , right?
Don’t worry..it might sound more difficult than what it actually is. The tune is reasonably easy to learn and its slow enough to keep up. However, playing a solo over a ballad is a challenge for me and it might be for others as well.
This month tune is going to be:
“What are you doing the rest of your life”.. ( I hope you’ll spent it with saxontheweb.net )
It's a song written by Michel Legrand and it has been covered by many.
Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_Are_You_Doing_the_Rest_of_Your_Life%3F
Lyrics: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/barbrastreisand/whatareyoudoingtherestofyourlife.html

Backing youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeueTM038JE
( youtube chord scheme is included as jpeg , also same backing included as mp3 )
The following files are included:
1. Original score i got from internet in concert key
2. Jazz backing same as youtube link
3. Sheet music for Alto (Eb)
4. Sheet music for Soprano (Bb)
5. Sheet music for C instrument
6. Band in a box version in concert key
The sheet music was extracted from the BIAB version(6) while the backing from youtube might differ a little bit, that shouldn’t be a problem. However, I will correct that as soon as i have access to a computer when i’m back from Austria..(in 2 days).

Files can be downloaded here: http://www.judoles.nl/mp3/TOTM817.zip

I will have a go at the harmonic analysis later after which i will post it.

As for giving feedback and posting songs...
I will listen to al posting and give feedback. This feedback will be more on taste and feeling than anything else. Simply because I play sax for a hobby and I have no professional background in music whatsoever. That said, take note that I will try to give positive feedback to keep you stimulated in playing and recording ;-)

I will record my own version on sax later this week and I might even dust off my soprano for that lol

You all have fun with this month's TOTM
Mark Donners
 

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My favorite version of this was done by Stan Getz at the 1979 Monterey Jazz Festival, with the Woody Herman Orchestra. He plays it first as a slow ballad, and then swings into an up tempo chorus that is just magnificent.
 

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My favorite version of this was done by Stan Getz at the 1979 Monterey Jazz Festival, with the Woody Herman Orchestra. He plays it first as a slow ballad, and then swings into an up tempo chorus that is just magnificent.
Now it makes sense....totday i stumbled upon a simular version in Band in a box....someone made a version with the speed changes....i will see if i can find it again and turn it into a backing track
 
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At last a melody on TOTM that you can sing/play and feel something. Hopefully it will encourage some of the members that previously posted in the past to contribute again. It would be great to hear their versions.
 

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Ok, I wont be able to do a recording myself until a few days from now...but...I got something better....
I started working on this tune after i found an old recording of my former teacher.
Harrie Lambrichts, a great saxophone player ( and big band leader ) from the south of the Netherlands, did a beautiful performance together with Pianist Egbert Derix.
I told him what it is that we are doing here on saxontheweb, and he gave me permission to post his recording during the month of August.
It was recorded with a small mic and a noisy minidisk recorder but nevertheless, the result was ... wel listen for your self ...

This might set the level way up high, or as we say in Dutch "De lat hoog leggen" but don't let it discourage you to do your own recording. I hope this version will inspire you all in the same way it inspired me.
https://soundcloud.com/donnersm%2Fwhat-are-yo-doing-the-rest-of-your-life-alto-sax
Dave Pollack, this is surely up to your level! Would love to hear your version ;-)
 

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At last a melody on TOTM that you can sing/play and feel something. Hopefully it will encourage some of the members that previously posted in the past to contribute again. It would be great to hear their versions.
Ok, that's the way to go! I am looking forward to your take as it aways has good solos with moments of piece instead of rushing 1 milion notes in under a minute..
 

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As promised...i updated the music scores...the sheet music now matches the YouTube backing track...
 

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I tried to do an harmonic analysis of the song...however..i had same trouble for the last bit...the C section...
But other than that....it works for me. I attached it to this post
 

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Ok, that's the way to go! I am looking forward to your take as it aways has good solos with moments of piece instead of rushing 1 milion notes in under a minute..
Yes great tune from a master melody writer/Composer. I have been working on my BT today, and hope to post a version that will do the song the justice it deserves.:)
 

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Ok as Host, I guess i should kick it off...so i did my first take....here it is
Very sultry in places donnersm - with those bends. Excellent ! :mrgreen:
 

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Great tune choice!

Here is a wonderful 1993 version by Eric Alexander on tenor - his energetic solo throughout the double-time section maintains the beauty and feel of the ballad.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdkE6YkS4Kk

I will take a stab at putting together a dual tempo BIAB backing track and doing a recording within the next few weeks.
Excillent idee....can you include the biab msg file when you make it?
 

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Ok, people.. it's August 3 today...and beside from my own,I haven't seen any recording yet...
That leaves me with little to do as a SOTM Host. I hope you all find some time soon to do some posting.
Or else, i will have to do a recording of me singing......trust me you don't want that! lol
 

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What a beautiful song, Mark (I never heard before)!!! For my track, I took the soprano, too (if I had listened to your wonderful soprano sound before, I'd chosen onother instrument!). There are some breaking tones etc., but I decided to leave this first track as it is (I would have screwed up other passages on a second take ....)

https://soundcloud.com/taragot/what-are-you-doing-the-rest-of-your-life-sopran

PS: I think the harmonic concept of this song is like this:

A: A-minor B: A-Major with two chromatically descending II V I A: A-minor and C is a Variation of A
 

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What a beautiful song, Mark (I never heard before)!!! For my track, I took the soprano, too (if I had listened to your wonderful soprano sound before, I'd chosen onother instrument!). There are some breaking tones etc., but I decided to leave this first track as it is (I would have screwed up other passages on a second take ....)

https://soundcloud.com/taragot/what-are-you-doing-the-rest-of-your-life-sopran

PS: I think the harmonic concept of this song is like this:

A: A-minor B: A-Major with two chromatically descending II V I A: A-minor and C is a Variation of A
So Cool! a Soprano take....I'll have to do one as well now...although, I cannot promise it wil be better...lol I haven't touched my soprano in over a year...but i'll give it a go.
In regards to your recording,
The melody was on the safe side..but than again , it doesn't need a lot of alterations to be beautiful.
The start of the solo, I really likes the licks you used. unfortunately, the battle with your soprano took it's toll.
Than at 4 minutes, I can hear you really got the hang of it and it sounded like you where winning the battle, you solo was on the winning side there. I really like the double time licks..

Overall, A nice job! And i really appreciatie that you posted the track even though you had your doubts
 

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