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Challenge # 240 - West Coast Dues

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by dogletnoir, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. dogletnoir

    dogletnoir Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 1, 2013
    northeastern usa
    Here's a classic Wes Montgomery composition, basically a blues
    but in waltz time, and with some interesting changes:



    downloadable version:


    This is the version from "The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery":

    recorded in NYC, January 1960 with Tommy Flanagan on piano,
    Percy Heath on bass, and Albert Heath on drums.
     
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  2. dogletnoir

    dogletnoir Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 1, 2013
    northeastern usa
    Here's my version:
    West Coast Blues Jam
     
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  3. montemerrick

    montemerrick spiritual birthday, April 1 Strat-Talk Supporter

    i'll regret this i'm sure but here we go... my first recorded take after a run through... I listened to Wes play it, and pretty much abandoned the idea of trying to follow him anywhere... thanks for the track @dogletnoir - maybe i'll post another after much more needed study!

     

  4. montemerrick

    montemerrick spiritual birthday, April 1 Strat-Talk Supporter

    like in ten years...
     
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  5. dogletnoir

    dogletnoir Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 1, 2013
    northeastern usa
    Wes is a hard act to follow, but you found a nice simpatico of your own...
    :)
     

  6. montemerrick

    montemerrick spiritual birthday, April 1 Strat-Talk Supporter

    @dogletnoir - i appreciated that you played the head super nicely... and your feel through the solo was both all you and still very nicely matched to the track and the spirit of the thing... i like your way with standards!
     
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  7. s5tuart

    s5tuart ...... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Aug 8, 2011
    Bedford, UK

  8. dogletnoir

    dogletnoir Most Honored Senior Member

    Nov 1, 2013
    northeastern usa
    TY so much for the kind words, but actually, i really need to work on getting the head down...
    i was totally scuffling through it, but with a bit of work it should eventually fall under the fingers,
    maybe even in time for STandards Sunday! :)
    Apologies for the low level of the recording.
    It kind of reminds me of a joke from my uni days, when a friend used to say something
    like, "You should really play solo... solo no-one can hear you." :p
     
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  9. simoncroft

    simoncroft Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    May 30, 2013
    SE England

  10. knh555

    knh555 Strat-O-Master

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    Dec 6, 2016
    Massachusetts

  11. mjark

    mjark Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 15, 2015
    Maryland

  12. Raimonds

    Raimonds Strat-O-Master

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    898
    Mar 28, 2015
    Latvia
    I felt like butcher destroying the track (I didnt look up the chords, head, nothing), discarded couple of takes, because I couldnt get into the groove and finished after 20 seconds, this is first take until the end.




    and yes, everyone can feel free to critique my poor attempt to play jazz blues.
     

  13. simoncroft

    simoncroft Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
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    May 30, 2013
    SE England
    I was a bit scared of this one, because I couldn't get it anything like Wes, although I tried. So, I tried to copy @dogletnoir playing the head, and that was even harder. In the end, I played it like Simon and hoped for the best.

     

  14. simoncroft

    simoncroft Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    May 30, 2013
    SE England
    @dogletnoir – Thank you for posting this. I spent a bit of time trying to copy your opening bars note-for-note. Hah! Copying Wes is like copying T-Bone Walker compared to trying to follow the nuances of your phrases. You own this one.

    @montemerrick – I agree with Erica, you played it your way and with a sympathetic feel for the other musicians on the track. Don’t put yourself down, what you added to the track was absolutely creditable, and had some good themes.

    @s5tuart – The two full-stops (periods) you’ve left us with remind me very strongly of the paintings ‘Red Dot’ and ‘Blue Dot’ by Jackson Pollock. Was there a take that you felt would also remind us of his work?

    @knh555 – Your pain is expressed very musically. In fact you’ve created lines that stand considerable scrutiny as the basis for future compositions. There was something Gershwin-like about some of your initial melodies.

    @mjark – Your ability to deliver the head with authority is a source of admiration. So is the subsequent improvisation. It’s not a disaster at all. To me, it all sounds rather grown up and assured, but I’m hardly expert opinion, as you’ll find out if you listen to mine!

    @Raimonds – You utter, utter b’stard! I would have loved to have posted that take after working on the track for a few weeks. You waltz in and play a great take without even thinking about it.
     
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  15. pauljo1963

    pauljo1963 Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 30, 2010
    Melbourne Australia
    this one is tough
    any silly thoughts that anyone had that I was a jazzer will be dispelled by my take on this track '
     

  16. pauljo1963

    pauljo1963 Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 30, 2010
    Melbourne Australia
    here it is
    I looked at the changes and thought " good golly miss molly"
    Half a listen, pressed the red button, here it is one take etc
    mistakes free of charge, so you are getting value for your money

     

  17. montemerrick

    montemerrick spiritual birthday, April 1 Strat-Talk Supporter

    here's another go after some study... it might be worse.

     

  18. s5tuart

    s5tuart ...... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Aug 8, 2011
    Bedford, UK
    Ha ha @simoncroft I wrote something on the lines of this track is not for me but decided it was churlish. Suffice to say I won't be joining in with this one, it does nothing for me at all. Sorry.

    ps. Pollock knew how to conduct a scam didn't he?!
     
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  19. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    May 21, 2010
    In my own little world
    I can guarantee it hurt me more. I so wanted to have a go, but the hands said they'd had enough after lifting out the amp and getting the guitar out of it's case. It hurt even more putting it back away again after ten minutes.
     

  20. Raimonds

    Raimonds Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    46
    898
    Mar 28, 2015
    Latvia
    @dogletnoir very nice playing, proper head and improv! i wish you could dial a bit brighter sound!
    @montemerrick you have progressed a lot through years here, very nice take!
    @knh555 no, it didnt hurt, nice gain and legato runs!
    @mjark very sure handed playing, I like it!
    @simoncroft there is no need to bash yourself, you played nice and melodic blues in jazz flavour!
    @pauljo1963 you are right, no need to listen to the track, jump in and play, I do this all the times because I have attention span of goldfish and forget everything in 3 seconds :) I would say your playing is very strong, you played through those strange chord twists very surely!
     
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