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Jan 2015 Ballad of the Month "I Remember Clifford"

jimmylh

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Here's mine. Not exactly my best work to date....but it's about all I could do with it.


https://app.box.com/s/oxjrtv1ptpk9nl8qxqrv
 
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Thanks John
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.
 

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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.
@aldevis your services are requested :)

Jx
 

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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.
 

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Some great takes as usual by you talented lot, enjoying the BoTM :)

did this last night (you can tell I have no life!) Used almost no reverb as suggested.
https://soundcloud.com/bflateflat/i-remember-clifford-3
Thanks for all the kind words guys. Here's another go at it using the track provided here.
https://soundcloud.com/bflateflat%2Fircalt View: https://soundcloud.com/bflateflat/ircalt
Both excellent takes, love your sound :thumb:

Nevertheless, good enough to be criticized I hope:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6518653/Cafe Saxophone/I Remember Clifford.mp3
Cheers,
Guenne
Excellent :thumb:
 
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Colin the Bear

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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.
Try some Olbas oil.
 

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Hey,

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%20Saxophone/Clifford%20Bari%20V16_Yana.mp3

Thanks for sharing your thoughts,
Guenne
 
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@Guenne - another lovely version with a great sound and fine improvisation.

I am amazed at the sound you get from you Forestone reeds - I found them quite harsh and not very subtle.

Thanks for sharing your recording.

rhys
 

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@Guenne - another lovely version with a great sound and fine improvisation.

I am amazed at the sound you get from you Forestone reeds - I found them quite harsh and not very subtle.

Thanks for sharing your recording.

rhys
Hi,

Thanks a lot. They are not very subtle indeed compared to traditional cane reeds.
But the Black Bamboos are ok, at least for playing Bari without amplification in dance halls with hundreds of people :)

@kevgermany:

PPT Power, is that some designer food to get more airspeed? :)

Cheers,
Guenne
 
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Colin the Bear

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Hey,

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,
Guenne
I was drifting away enjoying the first part only to be rudely awakened by the change. Joking aside it's horses for courses. The first part was lovely but if you feel you need more oomph....
 
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Seriously, I preferred the Yanagisawa. The Vandoren is a touch thin in the higher notes.
 

Guenne

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Hi guys,

I'm not only getting opinions, I'm learning idioms...
"Horses for courses", I had to look up that one.
I will do the the song again, as I played some hours on the Yani MPC yesterday.

Thank you very much!

Guenne
 

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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.

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_music.cfm?bandID=1241900
 

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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.

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page_music.cfm?bandID=1241900
Strains of 'Sydney B' coming through there Clive:thumb:
A sunny afternoon outside a Paris Café better than all this snow.
Hope you and the 10m are better soon.

Chris..
 

mrpeebee

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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):
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=10719667

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):
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13032188
 

Chris

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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):
http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=13032188
Good to hear you recording again Peter, re the improv, you know they say first thought is best thought. So on the fly versions are fun as you'll never be sure of what is going to happen..:thumb:
 
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