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BOTM June 2019 By the Time I get to Phoenix

chadders

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Its my pleasure to host this months Ballad of the Month and I have chosen one of my favourites. It's Jimmy Webbs' "By the Time I get to phoenix"

In this Folder, there is an MP3 , Eb & Bb part and the band in a box file for your delectation

This song was made famous by Glen Campbell


However I much prefer Jimmy webs stripped back version


The chord changes are just so nice and I love the change to the major key for the songs final phrase

Hope you have fun playing this one !!

Chadders
 
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chadders

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I really like the Oscar Peterson version!! very laid back

I listened a couple of times to the Willis Jackson version. I'm sure he is slightly flat in those opening bars but once in full swing he pulls it back in.. I really struggled to find any sax versions of this song on Youtube so that is a good find !
 

U CAN CALL ME AL

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@nigeld it's been on my hard drive forever. I bought it on a compilation of tracks but found no use for it until now. Sorry but I've searched for the original CD but failed to find it.

Regards Al
 

randulo

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Ok, I am a big fan of BOTM and SOTM and as such, I put this forth with its "advanced" intonation (hey, forget quarter tones, I'm into a few cents off, like the $0.99 store). I haven't touched the soprano in weeks and that shows, too, but I didn't like the key on the alto. I didn't look at the music, so the first time through, the major ending came up behind me. It's awfully long, but next time I'll do something more interesting.

https://soundcloud.com/randulo%2Fby-the-time-phoenix-gets-to-me View: https://soundcloud.com/randulo/by-the-time-phoenix-gets-to-me


The curved soprano is an "El Cheapo" but I have a nice Syos custom mouthpiece on it. There isn't enough time to play even two saxophones. What it be like when I inherit a million and buy a tenor?
 
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chadders

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Thank you @randulo - I really like this version and it sounds great on a sop - Some really nice playing there!!

@Kev, Good find with the Ben Clatworthy version !!!
 

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Ok, I am a big fan of BOTM and SOTM and as such, I put this forth with its "advanced" intonation (hey, forget quarter tones, I'm into a few cents off, like the $0.99 store). I haven't touched the soprano in weeks and that shows, too, but I didn't like the key on the alto. I didn't look at the music, so the first time through, the major ending came up behind me. It's awfully long, but next time I'll do something more interesting.

https://soundcloud.com/randulo%2Fby-the-time-phoenix-gets-to-me View: https://soundcloud.com/randulo/by-the-time-phoenix-gets-to-me


The curved soprano is an "El Cheapo" but I have a nice Syos custom mouthpiece on it. There isn't enough time to play even two saxophones. What it be like when I inherit a million and buy a tenor?
Nice playing, something in your tone reminds me of KennyG :)

JX
 

randulo

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Nice playing, something in your tone reminds me of KennyG :)

JX
Thanks JX! Kenny G's intonation doesn't take into account my new "philosophy" of being able to be both sharp or flat by 10-20 cents. I find the soprano intonation to be as hard as side guitar. Maybe I should have bought a better instrument, but hopefully I'll get better at controlling it.
 

Halfers

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https://soundcloud.com/user-380338591%2Fby-the-time-i-get-to-phoenix
I would appreciate a bit of feedback, if possible. I am starting (starting) to become comfortable with my tone in the lower register of my Horn. To my ear, it's starting (starting) to take on the tone I am hearing in my head (rounded(ish), warm(ish), ful(ish)l). As I get to the top notes in the first register and into the second register, the tone takes on a harsher quality that I'm not happy with. It's brassy, reminds me of a trombone! I What I want to hear is a natural extension of my lower range. To me, it's sounding like two different horns.

My thoughts are that I probably just need to play more in the upper register and that improvements will come over time. I also appreciate there are no quick fixes. It might also be my critical ear. If anyone has any constructive comments on this point, I would appreciate it.
View: https://soundcloud.com/user-380338591/by-the-time-i-get-to-phoenix
 
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