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by kneejerk52
(397 posts)
6 years ago

what songs to call?

ok you are going to a jazz jam and a good piano player is the leader. What song do you call and why.

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  1. by kelsey
    (802 posts)

    6 years ago

    Re: what songs to call?

    Kneejerk, call something you know. (do you really need to know why?) Even better, call something everyone knows. (see above) Otherwise, a blues in F would be a safe choice.....Kelsey
    Barry Kelsey

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    1. by kneejerk52
      (397 posts)

      6 years ago

      Re: what songs to call?

      so you think it's better to call something you know than to try to think of a song that the piano player might enjoy.

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      1. by MarkLavelle
        (300 posts)

        6 years ago

        Re: what songs to call?

        A good piano player can have fun with anything....

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      2. by kelsey
        (802 posts)

        6 years ago

        Re: what songs to call?

        If possible, listen to the band days ahead before you set in, learn a couple of tunes that they play and call the tunes they are used to playing. They will be impressed with you as a player and it will go much better for everyone..............Kelsey
        Barry Kelsey

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        1. by kneejerk52
          (397 posts)

          6 years ago

          Re: what songs to call?

          i really like bill evans, his stuff is usually tuff for lesser keyboard players, also Horace Silver. Have you ever heard of John Coates??? he has 2 cd's out with Phil woods, great stuff with just him and phil, Giants at play and Giants at work check them out if you haven't already.

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        2. by kelsey
          (802 posts)

          6 years ago

          Re: what songs to call?

          Thanks for the tip. I always love Phil Woods. Bill Evans tunes are a little hard unless you know them for sure. I had this gig where the piano player would only play Bill Evans tunes. What a nightmare that was for me. I didn't know hardly any of the tunes. I'm great with standards but these little played tunes that some guys want to do, that's when I wish I had a Bill Evans fake book...........barry
          Barry Kelsey

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        3. by cuber
          (653 posts)

          6 years ago

          Re: what songs to call?

          cherokee?

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        4. by kelsey
          (802 posts)

          6 years ago

          Re: what songs to call?

          Hey Cuber! Cherokee was the Giant Steps of the olden days, but it was easy once you figured out the B section. Giant Steps I still work on from time to time........Kelsey
          Barry Kelsey

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        5. by chalazon
          (547 posts)

          6 years ago

          Re: what songs to call?

          Anything by Cecil Taylor.

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        6. by kneejerk52
          (397 posts)

          6 years ago

          Re: what songs to call?

          i don't think i know Cecil Taylor, ill look him up

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        7. by kneejerk52
          (397 posts)

          6 years ago

          Re: what songs to call?

          good grief Cecil is SICK lot's of unortodox stuff like John Coates very good, you can tell he liked Monk

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        8. by chalazon
          (547 posts)

          6 years ago

          Re: what songs to call?

          I was just kidding...

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        9. by kneejerk52
          (397 posts)

          6 years ago

          Re: what songs to call?

          i wouldn't call and coates tunes either...

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        10. by blackfrancis
          (396 posts)

          6 years ago

          Re: what songs to call?

          Call Free Bird early and get it over with!

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