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2013/09 - Stardust


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Another month, another ballad...

As a relative newcomer to this amazing Forum I was delighted to be invited by Di to come up with a suggestion for a ‘September Song’ , so here it is

‘Stardust’ composed in 1927 by Hoagy Carmichael and interpreted in the years between then and now by countless musicians.

Here are just a few examples to show up our inadequacies... well mine anyway

Coleman Hawkins/Django Reinhardt -
John Coltrane -
Cannonball Adderley -
Sonny Stitt -
Ben Webster -
Paul Desmond/Gerry Mulligan -

Sincere thanks to Chris for his generous provision of the dots and backing track and also for his patience when I don’t fully understand transpositions, keys etc...

So here is Septembers Ballad of the Month. Did I mention it is ‘Stardust’ (4 bar intro, 16 bar verse and x2 32 bar chorus) and a nice sedate 65bpm?

Backing Track in Db .......

Tenor Lead sheet .......

Alto Lead sheet .......

and an alternative Alto version which has been dropped down a bit to get away from the palm key D in the melody .......

For those of us who prefer a more sprightly piece then the following file offers you a version at 81bpm. No verse on this one though, 4 bar intro and 3 choruses using the A and B sections of the tune. Apparently one of the realbooks refers to this as the ‘Trane’ version although for simplicity Chris has produced the track in the same key as the other.

Stardust (no verse) .......

‘Stardust’ is considered one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century and before anybody says we did that recently in ‘another place’, I didn’t :) and the world is waiting for more interpretations, so let’s all add to this amazing body of work. September only has 30 days, let’s get stuck in and good luck....



p.s. Having looked at the dots I think I should have stuck with 'September Song' ;}
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Great tune selection, this is 1 of those tunes that you can REALLY get into the bones of the improvisation and pull the melody around. Cracking choice Mark!
Been Busy Today. The BT is a cut down ver of Arties.
So it seemed appropriate to play Arties great impro.
Dedicated to the great Artie Shaw.
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Just seen the great pick for this month.Heres a very smokey version I done a good while back.Will do a new version soon though.
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Been Busy Today. The BT is a cut down ver of Arties.
So it seemed appropriate to play Arties great impro.
Dedicated to the great Artie Shaw.

Sounding sweet there.The clarinet fits very nice with this tune for sure.Reminds me of a old French film.
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Great tune Mark and like you say so many wonderful recordings over the years to listen to. Looking forward to to more Cafe Sax versions over the month and what a start Jamesmac so tender such a sweet tone, and Davey I was taken to a smokey jazz club for a while there.
little dark club,candle on table,smokey vibe,glass of wine,,,,hey that does sound nice.Thanks for the listen.
I was sitting there too.
Really enjoyed your take Davey.
And loved Jamesmac's clarinet version also.

Looks like theres going to be a lot of great versions of this wonderful tune.
I can't guarantee that this will be one of them but heres my take of Lester youngs version.
First one is the newer one on Bari and the second is from January this year I think? on Tenor.
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Just finished listening to the versions posted and they are great, with each emphasizing different aspects of this great ballad.
I love the smooth mellow sound in @Chris version, the amazing clarinet playing technic and solo playing of @Jamesmac, the smokey edgy tone of @Daveysaxboy and @B flat interesting rhythmic variations on the melody and solo ideas.
Wow! It is only September 2nd...
@Nick, a couple of great takes as always. Great vibe as always on the tenor.:thumb:

This is the sorter version of 'Stardust'

what a lovely apt soft tone you are using or this take, very nice, careful on the timing as it is a little out in places, on these ballads the key is to sit right back a little behind the beat and not to rush, unless it is intentional of course....nice simple soft sounding impro, in keeping with the overall feel.
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