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Here is an old favorite ... ALL BLUES by Miles Davis.

Classic 12 bar blues. 24 bars in 3/4 or 12 bars in 6/8.

Basically, everybody in the jazz world has made a recording of this. Somehow never featured in the TOTM here at SOTW. Let us fix that right now!

Here is the original and definitive version. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-488UORrfJ0
Miles at the height of his powers You all probably know the story, but here is some of it anyway. First, the players: Miles, Coltrane Cannonball, Paul Chambers, Bill Evans, Jimmy Cobb. Recorded in NYC over two days in 1959. The first steps in a new direction are typically tentative, or shaky. Not here. Miles jumps into modal music, from a steady diet of bebop, as if he has been doing it for years. Amazingly, so does the whole band. Read all about it on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kind_of_Blue

Here is a live take from 1964 with Miles and the Shorter/Williams/Carter/Herbie group. Yes, completely different personnel. Even Miles plays like a totally different cat. Much quicker and tougher than the original. Miles bebopping, then swinging, then doing whatever he wants with it.
The players are all monsters. My my, listen to all of the great playing. And then Shorter sounds like he is just playing some scales and finger exercises. Trying to fill Coltrane's shoes, instead of just being Shorter? Ahem. A bit sad, really. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFuHKvEuFbU

The Studio Jams series is just what it sounds like. Here are some takes featuring random folks.

SJ #52 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X0W_Jb592g
Features Everette Harp on tenor. Pretty standard quick version, but some fine playing by all. There is a very short clip (end of an interview) of drummer Jae Sinnett pointing out something important - make sure you catch it! Jae is like a clock. Listen to Harp and Sinnett play two choruses a capella. Absolutely no doubt about where the beat is at any time. This lets Harp noodle around and always find his way back.

SJ #61 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn2DmM55sPk
Features Andrew Neu on tenor. He definitely had his Wheaties before this sesh. It may be a slow and funky version, but Drew and the rest of the band stretch it out pretty hard. Different is good!

SJ #69 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acbG46Xo6zw
Slow, grindy version with no saxman, but some interesting playing just the same. Gil Parris channels some Pat Metheny!

SJ #10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V13diBjwYc
Again, no sax. But there is a mouth harp cat and some left handed guitarness. My least favorite version so far.

Chet Baker and Rachel Gould tear it up a bit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJVPOXbsRTE
Rachel is nice. Chet is better.

Kenny Burrell is the very definition of smooooov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1ipftv39YU

Ron Carter takes off on the solo bass. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z53ytYBJ5m4
Holy Cow! Full of unexpected things. And Sir Roland Hanna!

Trumpetman Jon Faddis stuffs the Harmon mute in and gives it a blow . Pretty much the opposite of the original. A polarizing take. Folks either dig it or hate it. And Faddis in general. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgo_95Dg6x4

Toots Thielemans even, with the very busy Adam Nussbaum on the kit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gib3jGmeP48

Buddy Rich with two of the rotating cast of great players he habitually chewed through.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgU5qZi2TOs



Here is an Aebersold playalong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwyR3x8431c

Here is a different style: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLrFX4FXl_8

And the usual Learn Jazz Standards track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcyYt7088vc

View attachment ALL BLUES TOTM2.2018.pdf
 

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Hello from germany,

I just signed in, and am still new here.

I am no longer the youngest and after a longer break of about 25 years, I am now playing my beloved saxophones again for a few years now.

can you join in? I've played and recorded the title all blues before.

sorry for my bad English, I hope you can understand it.

greetings from the black forest

WuffySax
 

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Hello from germany,

I just signed in, and am still new here.

I am no longer the youngest and after a longer break of about 25 years, I am now playing my beloved saxophones again for a few years now.

can you join in? I've played and recorded the title all blues before.

sorry for my bad English, I hope you can understand it.

greetings from the black forest

WuffySax
Welcome to SOTW, wuffysax (Herzliches Willkommen). :)

Besides the main (monthly) TOTM thread we also have one going on for beginner/intermediate level (>here<). Normally not much difference in complexity of tunes between both and we welcome everybody who wants to post a clip and/or attend in both threads.

By the way, I'm the same mrpeebee here as on the German sax forum!
 

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@datsaxman - DSM, nice spontaneous and freely played take. Always good to hear a 'real' live recording. :)

@Francisco Silva - Francisco, nicely build up take. Good to start with the long tones and build up the intensity further in the take. Don't forget to give your notes enough air support, at places you sounded a bit unstable.

@wuffysax - Like I already commented on the other thread your playing and sound are very good, the same goes for the recording and soundmix quality. Your tenor sound reminds me a bit of Stan Getz. Very good take. :)

@rweisheit - Ryan, great blues feel and playing in this take. Great solo build up and sound too, hear some influences from Coltrane, Turrentine and Stitt, but a lot of yourself. Fantastic! :)
 

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I am a bit behind on my hosting duties here, so currently listening and commenting. Thanks for all of the submissions so far!


Francisco: The good, then the not so good.

Good: you get it put together about 2:00. More air through the horn, a bit adventurous.

Not so good: The beginning of the tune. You give it a few and then come in. Problem is, the rhythm section is not playing an intro. They are partway through the head, but you come in at the top.

Solution: It is OK to just let the pattern go by once before you come in. The band plays it eight times, to no worries. I like to have a game plan, too. With eight choruses, I usually play through the head twice, then try to gradually let it get more involved, with at least one chorus at the end to restate the head.

But you really have to know where the band is.

Looking forward to another take!


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WuffySax -

Listening to your take right now. Great trebly tenor sound. Very laid back and melodic.

Very nice first submission here on the TOTM. Sounded like you still had more at the end of the tune too!



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rweisheit -

Listening to your right now. Nice fat tenor sound. Very laid back and bloozy.
Good intervallic stuff too. Now some smooth scalar.

Liking the way you change it up during the solo. It is easy to get comfy and kick out six or eight choruses of the same thing - good playing, but where are ya going?

You keep the solo moving, and that is cool. Busy busy right now, but still comfy.

Now up high. Nice range.



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Here is another one from me. 3WheelDrive trio again, but this time with Al M on the keys.
Me on the tenor and my oldest on the bass as always. Recorded in june in a practice room.

Not much bass in the mix, but he was filling the drummer's timekeeping role, and was loud (ish) in the room, not how it sounds here.

https://soundcloud.com/user-218822379-263028305/all-blues
 

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Thanks, mrpeebee. Yes, it is more fun to play with live cats than a recorded track.

Particularly when they are such good live cats.

It occurs to me that I have never even played All Blues on anything but tenor.
Might be time to bust out a version on alto soon.


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I am a bit behind on my hosting duties here, so currently listening and commenting. Thanks for all of the submissions so far!


Francisco: The good, then the not so good.

Good: you get it put together about 2:00. More air through the horn, a bit adventurous.

Not so good: The beginning of the tune. You give it a few and then come in. Problem is, the rhythm section is not playing an intro. They are partway through the head, but you come in at the top.

Solution: It is OK to just let the pattern go by once before you come in. The band plays it eight times, to no worries. I like to have a game plan, too. With eight choruses, I usually play through the head twice, then try to gradually let it get more involved, with at least one chorus at the end to restate the head.

But you really have to know where the band is.

Looking forward to another take!


dsm
@Francisco Silva - Francisco, nicely build up take. Good to start with the long tones and build up the intensity further in the take. Don't forget to give your notes enough air support, at places you sounded a bit unstable.
thank you both for the comments, keep learning :)
 

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Thanks DSM! Digging on your live band recordings now, you sound great man!

rweisheit -

Listening to your right now. Nice fat tenor sound. Very laid back and bloozy.
Good intervallic stuff too. Now some smooth scalar.

Liking the way you change it up during the solo. It is easy to get comfy and kick out six or eight choruses of the same thing - good playing, but where are ya going?

You keep the solo moving, and that is cool. Busy busy right now, but still comfy.

Now up high. Nice range.



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Wuffy: I enjoyed listening to you. In particular, I like your sound which is nice & bright. Good ear.
Welcome.

Mit besten grussen,
George
 
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