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BOTM August 2020 - Violets for your furs

guidocreo

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anzio - Italy
I am honored to be asked by @nigeld to host the August BOTM. I chose "Violets for your furs", a 1941 song written by Matt Dennis with words by Tom Adair,[and first recorded in that year by Tommy Dorsey's orchestra with vocals by Frank Sinatra.

A big thank you to @nigeld for providing the sheet music and the backing tracks which you can get here:


In addition to the notes and backing track, the Band in a Box and MuseScore files are there for anyone who would like to change the tempo or key.

The backing track is at a nice 67bpm ballad tempo, Concert F, 4-bar intro and then chorus twice.
This is the key and speed used by Coltrane. He plays it high on the tenor sax, so we have included high and low Bb parts and also included the MuseScore and Band In A Box files. The chords from a Real Book version found on the web.
sion twice.

I'm looking forward to hearing your takes.

Below some links:

View: https://youtu.be/MrcD-akX1ss


View: https://youtu.be/2acrF6PLHRc


View: https://youtu.be/AQmvfZwi4wI


View: https://youtu.be/4cUYQ8fp0UQ
 

rhysonsax

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Great choice and not a ballad that I know.

Here are a couple more recordings that I like. First Zoot Sims with Jutta Hipp - a pianist I have never heard of before:


And this one by tenor player J R Monterose:


And a fine vocal version by Johnny Hartman:


Rhys
 

Adrian63

Formerly Malachi
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Just a great tune. I tried to get the Von Freeman take up here but am having a connection problem. It's on you tube anyhow.
Check it out if you get chance ; you won't be wasting your time.
M

Can't beat a bit of Zoot!
 

rhysonsax

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Does anyone know if Marty Paich's arrangement of "VIolets for Your Furs," written for Art Pepper, is available anywhere?
I've been searching for that using my usual sources and I haven't found it yet. I will let you know if I manage to get it.

Phil Woods also recorded it in 2004 on an album called "Groovin' to Marty Paich" with the Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra, so I guess the charts exist, just not published or widely available.

Rhys

PS The Art Pepper solo on the original Marty Paich recording is really great and I'm thinking of transcribing it.
 
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