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My Romance

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by Tom Lane, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. Tom Lane

    Tom Lane Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2011
    Torrance, CA
    I'm looking for great recordings of My Romance. I've found the Ella recording and the Ray Brown recording, Bill Evans, I even found the Ben Webster recording. Any others? I was hoping for a Billie Holiday vocal but it doesn't appear she recorded it, or am I wrong?
    Any great recordings you love? Performer and band, please, so I can locate them. Thanks.
  2. wdave


    Apr 7, 2008
    Start here
  3. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I REALLY like one that the Keith Jarrett trio recorded.
    The ending especially is absolutely fantastic! (IMHO)
    Bill Evans is an obvious one and a huge +1 as well.
  4. notabene


    Sep 20, 2010
    SF Bay area
  5. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    I've never been able to internalize this song, I need to lock myself in a room with it for the weekend. Something about the harmony and root movement that doesn't flow for me. Unfortunately, ever trumpet player and vocalist in Seattle wants to do it every single time they leave the house.
  6. geoffbassist

    geoffbassist UK Double Bassist Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 17, 2006
    Founder - Discover Double Bass
  7. How about learning the lyrics?
  8. pbass888

    pbass888 Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    New York, NY

    That's the answer.. For me at least slowly of course.....but...no twinkling stars.. No hideaway...no soft guitars

    Geoffbassist great version by Steve in your link , inspiring.
  9. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    The Bill/Scotty version is a hard one to get out of your head.

  10. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    Have done. I don't know what it is with me and that song. Something about the root movement and harmonic structure, I guess. I need to transcribe a few recordings and then transpose through some keys.

    If that doesn't do it...well, that's gotta do it.
  11. I see.

    I sense something much deeper here. Are there any other tunes with the word "Romance" in the title, or even in the lyrics, that you've struggled with in your musical life? Does this word make you uncomfortable, mentally, emotionally and even physically? Do you fear a real long term and loving relationship? Do you awaken at nights with this word spinning in your head? Is romance and the resultant sex painful for you?
  12. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Richmond, CA
    It's not just painful. It burns.
  13. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    I uh..really don't want to talk about it...


  14. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    Ah, that's much better.
  15. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    :D How do you feel about your mother?
  16. Michael Eisenman

    Michael Eisenman Supporting Member

    Jun 21, 2006
    Eugene, Oregon
    Go ahead and shoot me, but I generally don't care much for bass solos, as so many of them seem to go off to somewhere unrelated to the song. However, I just listened to "My Romance Take 2" on the Bill Evans Village Vanguard set, and it's really nice to be able to recognize the tune during Scott's solo.
  17. Tom Lane

    Tom Lane Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2011
    Torrance, CA
    Shoot me then too, because I think there's a lot not to like about a lot of bass solos. Indistinct pitch in the low register, off the time, unmelodic, poor intonation. But all that makes me appreciate the great solos just that much more.

    Thanks to all who recommended some great recordings and still managed to lighten the conversation a bit, it's much appreciated!
  18. Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart!!!! Producers of gems.... Ahhhhh!
  19. MR PC

    MR PC

    Dec 1, 2007
    Playing a melody straight as written with minor embellishment is the way to go sometimes, especially with these great show tunes. Done with reverence and heart, it will never sound old fashioned that way. Knowing the lyrics and relating them to your own life experience can help. Since Scott LaFaro demonstrated his phenomenal ability to be inside and outside the tune, while feeling it straight, lots of folks have used a lot of notes trying to reinvent his beauty. This often sounds more like deconstruction of the tune to me, than a tribute to the composition.