Here's mine. Not exactly my best work to date....but it's about all I could do with it.
But why the substitute chord?
For a definitive answer you will have to ask Benny Golson who wrote the tune. If one plays that F# dim chord on the piano and then adds a D in the bass as the root of the chord to make it the D7b9, there is change in the harmonic color of the chord. To my ear it becomes more "bitter sweet" with the clash between the D and Eb(b9). In both chords there is the strong "pull" of the "tritone" created by B - F which wants to resolve inward to C - E.
Aldevis is much more of an expert in this area. Perhaps he can shed more light on the subject.
did this last night (you can tell I have no life!) Used almost no reverb as suggested.
Both excellent takes, love your soundThanks for all the kind words guys. Here's another go at it using the track provided here.
ExcellentNevertheless, good enough to be criticized I hope:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6518653/Cafe Saxophone/I Remember Clifford.mp3
I had hoped to be able to do a fresh take of this tune but had to be prescribed an inhaler in an attempt to rid myself of these bronchial problems so not sure if it'll happen this month..enjoying listening to the takes here. This I think is one of the best jazz ballads ever and appreciate any and all versions of it.
I just did some Bari-testing.
I normally play a V16 B7 MPC, but I have some commercial gigs in the next weeks, and I thought of "re-activating" my old Yanagisawa metal 7, which is louder
I can play Forestone Black Bamboo plastic reeds on both of them.
What do you think?
I switched MPCs, starting with the Vandoren.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6518653/Cafe Saxophone/Clifford Bari V16_Yana.mp3
Thanks for sharing your thoughts,
My wounded 10M and my serious lack of puff due to winter cold / flu virus ( I hope) forced me to have a bash on Sop. "I`ll be trying the olbis oil soon". I Have to say that the standard on this Months BOTM is shockingly impressive. It`s all very humbling but great to hear the various styles and takes. Great inspiration.
I also have an old version from June 2011 to share. Didn't have a backing track or metronome available then, so I recorded it with only an Audacity click-track as backing. Only recorded the theme, so it's a bit emptly.
- 'I Remember Clifford' (Florida no USA 10* - La Vo medium):
Hope to be able to make a new recording this month.
Finally found a place where I can record again, after the previous office I could use was sold last September. So here is a fresh take I did for this BOTM. Not much preparation, which really shows in the (bad) improvisation: no structure and way too many notes (but I did like how I played the melody)! Here is my 2015 take:
- 'I Remember Clifford' (Florida no USA 10* - Plasticover 2):