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Nov 15, 2023 - 12:08:06 PM
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5957 posts since 3/6/2006

My usual disclaimer...this is NOT a 4-string banjo but it is appropriate material and there is no other jazz forum on BHO (nor will there ever be).

I have always like this Jimmy Van Heusen tune from 1939. He was a prolific composer, the Great American Songbook just wouldn't be the same without him.


Nov 15, 2023 - 12:21:50 PM
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raybob

USA

14033 posts since 12/11/2003

Nice Laurence! Thank you.

Nov 15, 2023 - 12:45:11 PM
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craig wood

Canada

153 posts since 9/11/2018

That really is lovely. C tuning?

Nov 15, 2023 - 3:12:17 PM
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GMB

USA

417 posts since 5/29/2009

Really nice! Beautiful arrangement! Thank you

Nov 15, 2023 - 5:50:54 PM
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438 posts since 2/16/2014

So beautiful and chill.

Nov 15, 2023 - 5:57:39 PM

5957 posts since 3/6/2006

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Originally posted by craig wood

That really is lovely. C tuning?


Thanks Craig! No, just plain vanilla G tuning. 

Nov 15, 2023 - 6:17:12 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

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Elegant, as usual. You’re right on the forum, too. Simply fits better here.

Nov 16, 2023 - 6:37:49 AM
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21 posts since 6/11/2023

One of my favourites too Laurence. I first heard it by Jim Hall and Bill Evans, but they didn't have the good taste to use a banjo.
Lovely rendition!

Nov 16, 2023 - 8:49:09 AM

5957 posts since 3/6/2006

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Originally posted by PHJim

One of my favourites too Laurence. I first heard it by Jim Hall and Bill Evans, but they didn't have the good taste to use a banjo.
Lovely rendition!


Thanks Jim - it does seem a natural for the banjo. What were they thinking? 

Nov 16, 2023 - 10:40:37 AM
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banjopaolo

Italy

1859 posts since 11/6/2008

Another gem Laurence!
Of corse great standard and lovely rendition on banjo… you harmonic taste is really rich and refined!
I think that if you have a good harmonic knowledge it doesn’t matter so much what tuning you are playing….

Nov 16, 2023 - 11:38:09 AM

5957 posts since 3/6/2006

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Originally posted by banjopaolo

Another gem Laurence!
Of corse great standard and lovely rendition on banjo… you harmonic taste is really rich and refined!
I think that if you have a good harmonic knowledge it doesn’t matter so much what tuning you are playing….


Thanks Paolo! This song is very well constructed - I'm just glad that with all those chromatic movements, I don't have to sing it!

I think most of us who started out with bluegrass stick to G tuning, we're really too lazy to try anything else. 

Nov 16, 2023 - 1:08:01 PM

Omeboy

USA

3443 posts since 6/27/2013

This piece so perfectly shows how phrases can be used to build tension, followed by phrases that provide some relief to the previous passages. The banjo's voice is a great medium for such musical landscapes. In this instance, this is very well done and makes for an enjoyable journey. Thanks, Laurence.

Nov 16, 2023 - 1:40:14 PM
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banjopaolo

Italy

1859 posts since 11/6/2008

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Originally posted by Laurence Diehl
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Originally posted by banjopaolo

Another gem Laurence!
Of corse great standard and lovely rendition on banjo… you harmonic taste is really rich and refined!
I think that if you have a good harmonic knowledge it doesn’t matter so much what tuning you are playing….


Thanks Paolo! This song is very well constructed - I'm just glad that with all those chromatic movements, I don't have to sing it!

I think most of us who started out with bluegrass stick to G tuning, we're really too lazy to try anything else. 


I started playing banjo with tenor tuning (being a viola player it was easier for me) then started playing five string because I 'fell in love' with clawhammer, I like to play the same tunes on different tunings... 

Nov 16, 2023 - 2:20:56 PM

5957 posts since 3/6/2006

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Originally posted by Omeboy

This piece so perfectly shows how phrases can be used to build tension, followed by phrases that provide some relief to the previous passages. The banjo's voice is a great medium for such musical landscapes. In this instance, this is very well done and makes for an enjoyable journey. Thanks, Laurence.


That's certainly true. Although functional harmony can be described in very complicated ways ,it always comes down to this: you're in motion or at rest. This tune alternates the two states. I'm really in awe of anyone who could compose such a thing. 
 

Is that a greyhound in your avatar? My daughter has one, loves it. 

Edited by - Laurence Diehl on 11/16/2023 14:23:45

Nov 16, 2023 - 2:26:21 PM
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Omeboy

USA

3443 posts since 6/27/2013

She's a dachshund (and one of the great loves of my life.)

Nov 17, 2023 - 3:00:20 PM
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520 posts since 10/8/2018

Wowser, that was superb Laurence.

Somewhere in banjo heaven I think Bill Keith was diggin’ it too…

Will

Nov 18, 2023 - 9:09:51 AM

5957 posts since 3/6/2006

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Originally posted by guitarbanjoman

Wowser, that was superb Laurence.

Somewhere in banjo heaven I think Bill Keith was diggin’ it too…

Will


Ha! Well that's only fair , I've been digging Bill since the beginning! 
Thanks Will. 
And thanks everyone who commented! A nice friendly forum.  yes

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