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A more advanced Duke Ellington tune that I think sounds great on the Banjo

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Jan 26, 2019 - 2:10:08 AM
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1194 posts since 4/8/2009

The Manhattan Minstrel Eddy Davis playing a great selection from Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's "Far East Suite". I use to love playing this with my old buddies in the band I had at "The Cajun" restaurant in Manhattan. Scott Robison - Conal Fowkes - Orange Kellin - Debbie Kennedy and guest at times "Mr. Spoons" Joe Jones. Davis is playing on his Custom OME 12" head - 17 fret Tenor Banjo.
I keep pushing these more advanced musical compositions because I think they put the Banjo in a more musical setting, with a more advanced harmonic setting. I'm trying to show that the Banjo is a Musical Instrument that can do whatever any other Musical Instrument can do. It seems to be my lot in life to do this for such a wonderful Musical Instrument -- Please bare with me. "The Manhattan Minstrel"

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:25:23 AM

1194 posts since 4/8/2009

Here is the music for Isfahan (from the Far East Suite) by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington. Eddy Davis

Jan 26, 2019 - 3:54:01 AM
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381 posts since 1/5/2007

Sspeaking as a new and inexperienced and still naive banjo student all I can do is agree with your statement and thank you for sharing your talent and teaching.


Jan 26, 2019 - 6:55:02 AM
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9073 posts since 1/22/2003

Wonderful and beautiful.

Jan 26, 2019 - 9:01:55 PM
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3339 posts since 10/10/2008

Thx so much eddy ... ur the best 

Jan 27, 2019 - 5:17:13 AM

4783 posts since 11/13/2005

Thanks for putting the sheet up Eddy. I'll record it this week.

Jan 28, 2019 - 4:43:40 PM
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4783 posts since 11/13/2005

I haven't picked the banjo up in a few days Eddy, but what other song/tunes do you find unique? Which ones catch you ear at this point in time? I know the more I listen to things, the more my ear changes. Things I didn't like before......become more apparent, and suddenly I really like the "dissonant" tones I'm hearing. Is there such a thing as dissonant?

Jan 29, 2019 - 2:29:42 PM
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1194 posts since 4/8/2009

That's what MUSIC is all about -- Dissonant to Consonance -- Unrest to Rest. That's what MUSIC is all about. Eddy

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