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Must know swing songs

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by waveofthinking, Nov 16, 2012.


  1. Hi guys can you recommend some swing jazz songs that are a must or most recommended. So far I have "Take A train" and "All of me".
     
  2. well jazz standards exist in many renditions but get your hands on the real books (3vol.) and you will find a lot of swing compositions
     
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  4. John Goldsby

    John Goldsby Supporting Member

    Mar 4, 2003
    Disclosures:
    Bassist @ WDR Big Band Cologne, Regular Contributor to Bass Player Magazine
    If you want to get a good overview of swing music in a nutshell, you might check out

    1. Benny Goodman & Charlie Christian 1939-41

    2. Count Basie Orchestra: Complete Decca Recordings 1937-39

    3. and a compilation of Louis Armstrong

    With those recordings, you'll hear:
    Honeysuckle Rose
    Basin Street Blues
    St James Infirmary
    I Can't Give You Anything BUt Love
    Sunny Side of the Street
    When the Saints
    Pennies from Heaven
    Doggin' Around
    Blue and Sentimental
    Poor Butterfly
    Flying Home
    Stardust
    etc, etc, etc

    It's nice to look at some charts to learn some of the standard swing tunes, but it's better to go to the source.

    Happy listening!
     
  5. WillyJake

    WillyJake

    Jul 6, 2009
    i would never recommend a real book to anyone. Do what John said and listen to the music.
     
  6. Thanks guys this is some really good information and resources.
     
  7. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    NYC
    Disclosures:
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
  8. JohnDavisNYC

    JohnDavisNYC

    Jan 11, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
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    I don't know that one Ed... Schizo version of All Of Me?

    J
     
  9. Phil Rowan

    Phil Rowan

    Mar 2, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    +100
     
  10. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Only 100 - I thought you had to know at least a thousand!? :p
     
  11. Listen to the Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall Concert. IMO, that's the alpha and omega of true swing — and not just for the songs, but also for the FEEL, which you gotta have.

    Also dig into Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Tommy/Jimmy Dorsey, Chick Webb, Fletcher Henderson.
     
  12. I'd be intrested as to your input or thoughts.
     
  13. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    NYC
    Disclosures:
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Well, what are you trying to achieve? What's your goal? when you say "most recommended", most recommended for what? To mangle Voltaire, one man's meat is another man's poisson; there 's going to be a wide range of tunes a wide range of folks are going recommend and all of that will be based on their own personal preferences, what they know and are familiar with (and conversely WON'T include tunes they don't know and aren't familiar with) and so on.
    By way of analogy, it doesn't matter what directions everyone will recommend you drive in, if you're trying to get someplace specific THOSE are the directions you need.
     
  14. hgiles

    hgiles

    Nov 8, 2012
    Virginia
    Those two definitely! Here are a few in G:

    Have You Met Miss Jones
    Out of Nowhere
    Just Friends

    And a few more

    In a Mello Tone Ab
    Misty Eb
     
  15. bassist14

    bassist14

    Oct 17, 2005
    Germany
    hey, what about the girl form ip...
    oh, no, sorry......
     
  16. GrowlerBox

    GrowlerBox

    Feb 10, 2010
    Nude Zealand
    Ha! Very good.

    And to pick up on your other analogy, as the Irish farmer said to the tourist, "well, I do know the way to Cork, but I wouldn't start from here if I were you".
     
  17. I play mostly gospel but have noticed that alot of the songs I'm coming across have a heavy jazz influence In terms of walking over progressions and having continously moving basslines. So my objectice is to build a strong foundation on being able to walk through progressions solidly and improvise over songs so I dont have moments where im trying to fill space that's just waiting for a bassline. Eventually id like to get into Bebop and fusion.
     
  18. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    NYC
    Disclosures:
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Not to be too self promotional, but check out this and that. SWING refers to both a general and specific - the feel OR/AND the music of the late 20s through early 40s. You're really talking about the former...
     
  19. Yup I'm definately looking for the feel..lol.. I'm gonna pick up that book as soon as possible and gonna start your method when I get home.

    One more question: I''ve picked the following tune to apply your method: is the melody the line being played by the sax?
     
  20. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    NYC
    Disclosures:
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.



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