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SOTM September 2019 - Red Clay

Veggie Dave

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Yeah, it's time to get funky!

Actually, you don't have to get too funky as the mighty @nigeld has created three different versions for us.

The first one is at a relaxed 110bpm. You can play the head as written, with its staccato funk-feel, but you can also play it with a much more laid-back feel that sounds absolutely brilliant, too.

The second version is a more upbeat 120bpm. We found this tempo allows you to play with that funky, precise feel without having to rush your playing. If playing quickly is not your thing but you want to keep that funky aspect then this version should allow you to do just that without feeling like you're being dragged along by the backing track.

The final version is at 135bpm, which is the original speed. I've found playing this version allows you to really let rip, playing a thousand notes a second in your best bebop jazz hat, however you can also lean back into the rhythm and let the funk ebb underneath your playing, which is more how Freddie Hubbard played this song.

In the original there's quite a long intro before this melody starts, which we haven't included in this backing track. If you have Hal Leonard's Essential Jazz Classics, you'll find Red Clay in there, too.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA1ZelIbUfI


 
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Veggie Dave

Veggie Dave

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Okay, I obviously chose a really popular song! :blush:

If no one else is going to join in then I, at least, should have a go.

The head's not too difficult on tenor - somewhat easier than playing it on alto, which I may record tomorrow - but it's deceptively tricky to improvise over the seemingly simple solo section. At least it is for me. I have to admit to struggling a little, a situation not helped by what turned out to be knackered reed ruining a couple of takes. I would've changed it but I'm a tight-fisted northerner. ;)

https://soundcloud.com/veggie-dave%2Fred-clay View: https://soundcloud.com/veggie-dave/red-clay


I stupidly used the Hal Leonard backing rather than Nigel's. I just wasn't thinking. If I do get around to recording an alto version, I'll use his backing track.
 

Brendan

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Cool take Dave ! I noticed your accurate timing/note placement in the head - you're really locked in. :cool:
(Something I'm struggling with after only a couple of plays.)
Enjoyable solo too. :)
 

sax panther

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Okay, I obviously chose a really popular song! :blush:

If no one else is going to join in then I, at least, should have a go.
I'm planning to have a go at this (and the BOTM) - just trying to find time to squeeze it in, with rehearsals/gigs every night and things going on at the weekends too!
 
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Veggie Dave

Veggie Dave

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It's a zip file - you need to download the whole thing.

This may not have been the best way to do it.... :doh:

At the top right hand corner there should be a Download button. That will allow you to download the entire zip file.
 

Brendan

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Anyway I used a Hal Leonard backing track and played soprano. I found the tune quite tough.
Red Clay - Rhys Sop V1.mp3 - Box
Sweet tone Rhys ... and awesome cadenza !! :)

I'm all over the map on this one - lost the "1" in a couple of places.
The solo is just mindless noodling .. where I cranked the reverb for (debatable) artistic effect ! :mad:

Ruddy Mud

I'll keep at it for the rest of the month, it's a great tune and good timing practice.
 
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Veggie Dave

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A version on bari! That's so cool! :banana:

The head is an odd one - it needs precision while still feeling laid back. I look forward to seeing where you take this later in the month.
 

Droptical

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Coincidentally I decided to have a quick stab at this track a little while back, I didn't really finish it off (no change there, then), but fwiw here's my hack at it:
https://soundcloud.com/droptical%2Fred-clay-wip View: https://soundcloud.com/droptical/red-clay-wip


I did somewhat barrel into the solo with no discernible thought, planning, or direction (which shows), and there are plenty of articulations and intonation *choices" in there which make me cringe listening back, but I'm also old enough not to care about embarrassing myself in public :)

Drums are pieced together in Toontrack's awesome Superior Drummer, but everything else is entirely my fault.
 

Mark Hancock

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Coincidentally I decided to have a quick stab at this track a little while back, I didn't really finish it off (no change there, then), but fwiw here's my hack at it:
https://soundcloud.com/droptical%2Fred-clay-wip View: https://soundcloud.com/droptical/red-clay-wip


I did somewhat barrel into the solo with no discernible thought, planning, or direction (which shows), and there are plenty of articulations and intonation *choices" in there which make me cringe listening back, but I'm also old enough not to care about embarrassing myself in public :)

Drums are pieced together in Toontrack's awesome Superior Drummer, but everything else is entirely my fault.
Funk level 100. Awesome.
 
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