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"Freddie the Freeloader"

I have not done this for a while and I appreciated being asked by swperry1 (Steve, thanks for August!) to do the honours for September.
***Tho I must add apologies in advance, from the 8th to the 14th September I am away out of the country (playing) so I will need to catch up when I get back.

Usually tunes picked for TOTM are containing something with nice fancy changes, fancy phrases etc etc, and choosing "some skunk funk", "Friday night at the cadillac club" or "chromazone" might of seen me chased away from here and 100% narrow the possible versions posted, so, I decided to pick something a little more stripped back and free in terms of melody and changes, a good 'ol blues here for the player to get creative on with their own slant on it.

Bb and Eb parts to download, print or whatever here along with a couple of backing tracks, tho there are a more backing tracks out there online to get free and to buy on some sites.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cb8wuvyhrotq21q/AACk6i4tG2MKW8h9zQlSsL-Ea?dl=0

Various versions, just a small selection:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPfFhfSuUZ4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FaMtXw2mRE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMzRrV-q_PQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPdU39RzWsE
 

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Hey littlewailer - your playing sounds fine - I would enjoy your recording more and listen longer if there were less artifacts from the file compression. Perhaps you could post a higher rez version.
 

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Hey littlewailer - your playing sounds fine - I would enjoy your recording more and listen longer if there were less artifacts from the file compression. Perhaps you could post a higher rez version.
Ah that could have been the small amount of compression I added to the horn. First recording in my new space. Oddly my quiet parts were a little too quiet. Also my buddy is borrowing my M-audio interface so this was actually recorded straight into my sound card. Which would bring down the quality as well.
 

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Sean AKA littlewailer - All you and your style of playing in there, Stanley would be proud, screaming altissimo, growls, squawks, blues honks and blasting it out volume 11, all your kinda thing I am sure and I like the energy. You did some nice repetative motifs and developments of ideas in your solo, the melody was quirky in a nice unexpected and original way.
 

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With such a popular choice (cheers, Ian) with simple changes there will be an avalanche of posts perhaps?
Can't come within a bull's roar to Sean's excellent version.
Here's mine, with incendiary altissimo, razor sharp articulation, witty phrasing....
all left at the door on the way in.
http://www.soundclick.com/player/single_player.cfm?songid=13200337&q=hi
cheers, Mark.
 

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With such a popular choice (cheers, Ian) with simple changes there will be an avalanche of posts perhaps?
Can't come within a bull's roar to Sean's excellent version.
Here's mine, with incendiary altissimo, razor sharp articulation, witty phrasing....
all left at the door on the way in.
http://www.soundclick.com/player/single_player.cfm?songid=13200337&q=hi
cheers, Mark.
HaHa, I really like you description --- "Here's mine, with incendiary altissimo, razor sharp articulation, witty phrasing....
all left at the door on the way in
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Very amusing, in great fun and spirit indeed. Just what this whole thing TOTM thing this month is all about and simply enjoying the playing is name of the game hence my choice of this tune.
Very smoochy blues there amigo, big sweeping notes and simmering along just nice, no room for screaming altissimo or volume 11 in this contrasting version and the way you played so laid back was a nice fit, nice that you did the absolute opposite to Sean to give it a different slant and nice to see 2 polar opposite versions both with their own merits in the fact of being so opposite.
I hate saying this, I sound picky, BUT, to me the tuning was a bit out in the beginning then it gradually got better as the tune went on, more warmed up and into it I guess.


Great that we have had 2 absolute opposite versions of this tune up to now showing the flexible light and shade of how it can be done.
Maybe we will get that "avalanche of posts" this month, who knows!
 

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Yes Ian this is a bit tricky for me to hit those intro notes spot on up there.
FWIW Most 'gigs' I get require more being in the background than in-your-face fireworks.
I often attempt to economise with my volume but no matter within a single tune the host always asks me to turn it down a bit.
Looking forward to some wildly varied interpretations.
cheers, Mark.
 

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Sean, sounded great. Was worth listening all the way to the end.
I especially appreciated that it didn't really sound like Coltrane or Cannonball, but instead like something with your fingerprint on it.
Thanks Harmonizer, yeah I'm a little old school meets new school. Love the soulful bluesy approach but I always think my screen name is fitting for my playing style.
 

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just a medrioque version of this theme. sorry if I am polluting your forum.

https://app.box.com/s/n2odn37rzcaw3oe58mbf13jxty5n12lo
The fact you put yourself on here and did a version is great, so I thank you for that.
Yes it is a nice and simple tune and this is the exact reason I chose it so it can appeal to all levels of players to enjoy it, and you kept it nice and simple within the melody and the improvisation kinda followed the similar form which is a good start and appropriate as a start in the world of improvisation.
 

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The fact you put yourself on here and did a version is great, so I thank you for that.
Yes it is a nice and simple tune and this is the exact reason I chose it so it can appeal to all levels of players to enjoy it, and you kept it nice and simple within the melody and the improvisation kinda followed the similar form which is a good start and appropriate as a start in the world of improvisation.
Thanks friend :)
 

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The fact you put yourself on here and did a version is great, so I thank you for that.
Yes it is a nice and simple tune and this is the exact reason I chose it so it can appeal to all levels of players to enjoy it, and you kept it nice and simple within the melody and the improvisation kinda followed the similar form which is a good start and appropriate as a start in the world of improvisation.
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