The following is based on a true story. Only the names, dates, places, facts, and circumstances have been changed.
Vol. 91 “Player’s Choice!”
Jazz up your repeat-oire
After last weekend’s fiasco* with the singer and all the weird keys, Mr Horn decided he'd take charge on this gig (with all different musicians) and recapture some of his lost mojo.
Fingers ablaze, he began a furious, flurrious off-stage warm-up of everything he knew. "That should wake 'em up" he thought to himself, as he strode confidently onto the bandstand and called the first tune.
As the eyebrows on the stage around him raised en masse, the inevitable rifling through various fake books began. Throughout, he remained cool, confident, and without sheet music.
“Cool tune,” said the bassist as she located the correct page and adjusted her music stand. “Great call” echoed the pianist, impressed with Mr Horn’s extensive repertoire.
His evil plan was working. As they sight-read awkwardly from their fake books, he exuded supreme confidence as he masterfully navigated the somewhat obscure, but well-loved, jazz standard by heart.
When it was over, the bassist commented “Wow. You sounded great. You been wood sheddin' it?”
“Whaaaaaa? Who, me? Nah, I just hear this music, sister. I just hear it!”
Not completely convinced, she responded “Oh, you just hear it, do you? OK, hear this. Let’s play.....‘Beatrice’!”
And so, the gauntlet was tossed, the challenge submitted. Game on!
“A Sam Rivers tune." He mused out loud. "Sweet. Count it off.”
Surprised and impressed, she kicked it off and Horn dove right in with amazing skill and absolute conviction. What an impressive start to the night! Two great but obscure tunes in a row, both aptly executed, have helped him nudge his rep. He's beaten off the hounds of suspicion for now, and she is none the wiser. He's just enough steps ahead that today won't be the day he gets caught. How did he pull it off?
By practicing with Jamey Aebersold’s Vol. 91 “Player’s Choice” play-a-long! That’s how!!!
It's a fact - the more experience you have, the more your repertoire begins to resemble a "repeat"-oire; same-old same-old, gig after gig.
When “Days of Wine And Roses” and other bandstand-ards start getting stale, call a cool but infrequently played gem. Inject new life into your “repeat”-toire, impress your friends, and sound great!
*See Vol. 67 "Tune Up" for the whole story!
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Intermediate/Advanced. A collection of excellent tunes well-known to jazz fans and musicians because they have been played and recorded so often. Presented here is a nice assortment of forms and harmonies. Many of these songs, written by jazz musicians for jazz musicians, will become your personal favorites.
Rhythm Section: Mark Levine (p); Rufus Reid (b); Barry Ries (d)