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Evening all,

I'm a funk and fusion player mostly, but do jazz gigs here and there with a guitarist and I'm looking to pad out the set with some better material.

At the moment I've got the usual Real Book style Autumn Leaves and Embraceable you kinda standards, but I'd love to find some tunes that have a bit more bite to them. I'm talking about tracks like Hip Hug Her on BWB's album Groovin' that's still reasonably jazzy but funky too. (In fact, I'm going to to transcribe some of their tunes for us.)

The filler standards are great and punters love it, but personally I find they get a little dry!

Any of you have those special few sheets in your pads that you REALLY love to play?

Dx
 

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I like that BWB album! The cut that got my attention on that album though was "A Woman's Worth". That's the one I'd want to do if I had the group that could do it. There are lots of REAL BOOK 2 tunes that are funky:

WATERMELON MAN
CANTELOPE ISLAND
BIRKS WORKS
BAGS GOOVE
SUGAR
SONG FOR MY FATHER
KILLER JOE
COMIN HOME BABY
COLD DUCK TIME
CHAMELEON
DOXY
HACKENSACK
NUTVILLE
WELL YOU NEEDNT
 

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I like that BWB album! The cut that got my attention on that album though was "A Woman's Worth". That's the one I'd want to do if I had the group that could do it. There are lots of REAL BOOK 2 tunes that are funky:

WATERMELON MAN
CANTELOPE ISLAND
BIRKS WORKS
BAGS GOOVE
SUGAR
SONG FOR MY FATHER
KILLER JOE
COMIN HOME BABY
COLD DUCK TIME
CHAMELEON
DOXY
HACKENSACK
NUTVILLE
Thanks for listing some of the tracks. Now I want the Real Book 2!
 

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Yeah, that album's pretty slick and definite sax porn for us lot! Lovely arrangements and whilst it didn't really grab me, I've had loads of people comment on A Woman's Worth when it's come on in the car.

Tell you what always does it for and I'd love to play with a band that could handle it....Dave Weckyl Band tracks. Rhythm of the Soul is fantastic! I've got a bass player who's one of the finest around and a chord master of a guitarist, but drummers that good....well, it's DW isn't it! No one comes close!

Thanks for the list, I've got a knock off Real Book with Sugar, Bags Groove and Canteloupe in it. I know some of the others you've mentioned, but I don't know a lot of them either. Looks like it's shopping for me!
 

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Some more tunes that are in various Real Books that might be worth checking out:

Red Clay (Freddie Hubbard)
Little Sunflower (Freddie Hubbard)
Gibraltar (Freddie Hubbard)
Road Song (Wes Montgomery)
Sister Sadie (Horace Silver)

Also,

One By One (Wayne Shorter) and
Stolen Moments (Oliver Nelson)

are probably typically more straight ahead, but certainly lend themselves to funkier interpretations.

Funky versions of many ballads work well too:

In A Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington) - I've never heard the original, but friends have played a very funky bass line which apparently came from Buster Williams - you might have better luck digging that up than me...
You Don't Know What Love Is (Raye/DePaul)
My Funny Valentine (Richard Rogers) - Possibly a cliche, but who cares if it works?

And finally, since you're open to transcribing, it might be worth checking out some more recent stuff like:

Jazz Crimes (Joshua Redman)
The Red One (Pat Metheny)
Sing A Song of Song (Kenny Garrett)

(Some of this stuff would probably be hard to carry just with a duo, though, I have to admit.)
 

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Of course, add Caravan.
 
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