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Different versions of St. Thomas

Discussion in 'Recordings [DB]' started by Aaron Saunders, Feb 12, 2006.

  1. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    This is a *really* cool tune that I've dug for a while, but I only have the original version off of Saxophone Colossus. However, after looking up the song on the AMG, I see that it's been recorded many...many times. Does anyone have any particularly favourite versions, or are there any particularly historically important ones other than the original?
  2. VTDB


    Oct 19, 2004
    I have a version by Tal Farlow off of "Chromatic Palette" and I'm thinking Jim Hall recorded this tune a few times although I'm not sure which albums.
  3. jlilley


    Aug 28, 2005
    Mill Creek, WA
    Jim Hall and Ron Carter recorded it on one of their duet CDs. That is a very cool version.
  4. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    You beat me to it! That was the one that popped into my head first.
  5. Jeremy Allen

    Jeremy Allen Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2002
    Bloomington, IN
    Jim Hall and Bob Brookmeyer (just duo) from "Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival." One of the greatest jazz recordings ever! (And it's great to play along with--no bass or drums, and when you can feel the time the same way those two do then you're set for life...)
  6. I really like the Michel Camilo version on "Thru My Eyes". The credits say it's Lincoln Goines on bass.
  7. St. Thomas is a good example of what you can get out by playing just the C major scale.
    I think Sonny Rollins himself did the best to this tune.

  8. Anyone know that the melody was not written by Sonny? I was just in the Virgin Islands, and at a record store on St. Thomas, and the worker there told my family that it is actually a common "folk" melody down there.
  9. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Yeah, Sam Sherry e-mailed that info to me not long after I posted this thread. Interesting, eh?

    PS: Something I never mentioned before...for some reason, as soon as I started playing this song the first time, I immediately recognized the melody -- especially the last few bars -- as something I've heard a looooong time ago. I'm talking when I was a little kid...but I had almost no exposure to jazz before I was about 14 or so. Weird, eh?

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