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Jan 10, 2022 - 9:57:47 AM
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I am glad to see several postings this month from players who love the early jazz style as much as I do.

This my effort towards playing an Ellington classic from 1932, alas, a time when the banjo was being abandoned by pop and jazz musicians, mostly due to the wonderful new alternative provided by great guitarists like my guitar gods Lang the Father, Django the Son and Oscar the Holy Ghost.

Anyway, for better or worse, here's the best little me can do with one of the greatest hot tunes of all time....

Will


Edited by - guitarbanjoman on 01/10/2022 10:03:47

Jan 10, 2022 - 10:44:03 AM

126 posts since 11/9/2021

Love those tunes. I had the privilege to play just before the orchestra pit from "Sophisticated Ladies" did a set at some oil sheik's New Years Eve party many many years ago. Man those boys were HOT that night. Good job on the banjo there!

Jan 10, 2022 - 1:51:57 PM

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Ooooh, yes, Al, that’s the very kind of thing I love… those wonderful Ellington tunes and of course his amazing band.

About five years ago, we visited NYC and saw the Ellington jukebox show “Daybreak Express” which alas folded way too soon because we were actually hoping to go back and see it again… they had this thing where they would change female singers every few weeks…

…anyway, that bandstand was just packed with great jazz musicians and the arrangements were all amazing… wow!

Mustn’t forget to mention FRED GUY, Ellington’s banjo man. To me he is one of the unsung heroes of jazz banjo… too bad he was forced to switch to guitar in the mid-thirties because he was superb on tenor banjo!

Somebody once told me that Basie orchestra rhythm guitar genius Freddie Green started out his career as a banjo player… anybody know anything about this?

Will

Edited by - guitarbanjoman on 01/10/2022 13:53:13

Jan 10, 2022 - 2:29:27 PM

Don Lewers

Australia

797 posts since 2/24/2012

Nicely played there Will, your single note improvisation and chord melody, bein' great contrasting styles, ........ Don.  yes 

Here's Marco and yours truly playin'one of Dukes, back in 2014 .......  https://youtu.be/pxSxww1OHr0

Jan 10, 2022 - 3:05:35 PM
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Hi Will. Great rendition of 'It Don't mean a thing------'. Good style mixing chord/single string. Well played. Regarding Freddie Green --here is a website all about him--so many guys try to play / sound like him. His sound / timing absolutely perfect. Read about his 'one note chords' he played sometimes with the Basie band. Freddie Green was 'The Rhythm Man'! Like yourself Eddie & Django were the best.
freddiegreen.org/

Don & Marco--Absolutely excellent rendition of Duke's 'Take The A Train'. Tenor and plectrum a great combination--they complement each other. ---a bit like 'The Banjo Kings'--great stuff.

Jan 10, 2022 - 3:15:11 PM
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PS--Both Eddie & Django started out as banjo players. Just listen to those first recordings of Django on banjo--(Before 'The Hot Club OF France') as a backing musician--unbelievable! He played as if he had been playing 50 years! One have to be born to play like that. Django ranks with any top flight musician.

Jan 10, 2022 - 3:40:56 PM

983 posts since 10/31/2007

Thank you for posting this Will.
Love it.
Tom

Jan 10, 2022 - 9:38:40 PM
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Don and Marco, a very happy musical partnership indeed, and let me be the first to hit you with this Dad joke...

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In Canada, we call it "Take the Train, Eh?"

 

Jan 10, 2022 - 9:44:17 PM

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 Eddie & Django were the best.

Don't forget the Holy Ghost, my friend.... btw, Oscar Aleman played all his hot swingin' solos using a thumbpick...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOf2fNXIClQ

He was a helluva finger picker, too.. . much better than Django or Eddie... check him out!

Will

Jan 10, 2022 - 10:48:42 PM

170 posts since 1/7/2011

That really swings!

John

Jan 11, 2022 - 12:32:24 AM

989 posts since 6/25/2006

Love the single-string break - that swings!

Jan 13, 2022 - 12:54:02 PM

banjopaolo

Italy

1518 posts since 11/6/2008

In my opinion Duke is the greatest Jazz musician af all times...
I loved all your perfornaces... here is a little video I made years ago of Prelude to a Kiss


Jan 13, 2022 - 6:54:30 PM

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Thanks, Paolo..

Yes, that is a great Ellington tune but unfortunately the link didn't work..?

Will

Jan 13, 2022 - 11:13:22 PM

banjopaolo

Italy

1518 posts since 11/6/2008

I’m sorry Will
I’ll check it out....

Jan 13, 2022 - 11:37:14 PM

banjopaolo

Italy

1518 posts since 11/6/2008

quote:
Originally posted by guitarbanjoman

Thanks, Paolo..

Yes, that is a great Ellington tune but unfortunately the link didn't work..?

Will


I think now it is working


Jan 13, 2022 - 11:56:47 PM

banjopaolo

Italy

1518 posts since 11/6/2008

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mvk9VJY-nw

another Ellinton calypso tune I love to play...

Jan 14, 2022 - 12:56 AM

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Both links work now, thanks. Nice playing!

Paolo, was that a Stroh violin you were playing? Fascinating instrument, please tell us about it… they are very rare, where did you get it?

Your banjo buddy,

Will

Edited by - guitarbanjoman on 01/14/2022 00:56:35

Jan 14, 2022 - 3:32:25 AM

banjopaolo

Italy

1518 posts since 11/6/2008

quote:
Originally posted by guitarbanjoman

Both links work now, thanks. Nice playing!

Paolo, was that a Stroh violin you were playing? Fascinating instrument, please tell us about it… they are very rare, where did you get it?

Your banjo buddy,

Will


Yes of course it is a Stroh, it’s modern copy crafted in Indonesia, it plays pretty well but I must say that it is very heavy and uncofortable to play! 

When I take it in concert I can see all the people asking themselves ‘what the hell is that instrument!’ ;-)

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