Request: Recommend me tunes for my band

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by SanDiegoHarry, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    San Diego, CA
    I need ideas for instrumental funky/dance tunes for a three piece band, ideally with a jazz foundation. We figure to add a keyboard player once we establish at least on set's worth of music.

    Current tunes include:

    Caravan (miles)
    Hottentot (Schofield)
    Chank (Schofield)
    All Blues (miles)
    So What (miles)
    The Sidewinder (lee morgan)

    Band members are all over 40 (I guess the music kinda gives that away) so any suggestions in the genre would be great.

  2. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    San Diego, CA
    Good... good... Keep 'em coming!
  3. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Your guitarist(?) has his inner Grant Green going?

    Ramsey Lewis, The In Crowd
    Horace Silver, Song For My Father
    Jr. Walker, Way Back Home
    More Than Yesterday, covered by Charles Earland
    Joe Sample, Carmel
  4. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Eddie Harris and Les McCaann "compared to what"
  5. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Grover Washington Jr, Mr Magic
  6. The Chicken
    Sissy Strut, or anything by the Meters.
    Back At the Chicken Shack, Jimmy Smith
    Sukie Sukie, Grant Green
    Chitlins Con Carne, Kenny Burrell
    The Jody Grind, Horace Silver
    Tough Talk, The Jazz Crusaders

    All the songs mentioned in this thread are in the vibe of my own trio.
  7. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Mercy, mercy, mercy
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  8. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Comin' Home Baby, Herbie Mann among others

    I remember Jeff Golub made a pass at the Ohio Players', Skin Tight
  9. Fabian_Aryo


    Mar 24, 2014
    Port Of Spain
    How about Arctic Monkeys - No.1 party anthem I think the instrumental of this song is really great
  10. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Damn...I did most of these tunes in my last band (with a sax, no keys).
    We also did "Boozer" from the Scofield & MM&W album...the outro morphed into "Milestones", IIRC.
    We also did the Eddie Harris tune, "Freedom Jazz Dance" has a cool bass ostinato in Bb. The solo section veered of into "The Chicken"-ville (a nod to Jaco, if you will).
    "Cissy Strut"....yeah(yawn). Scofield does something cool with his cover. He modulates up a 1/2 step for each bar after the main figure...or sumthin like that. Anyway, The Meters have plenty of similar grooves that are not as played out.
    "Chameleon", "Mercy-Mercy-Mercy", "All Blues"...played out? I know that's what we heard back in 2008.
  11. bswag

    bswag Guest

    Dec 21, 2013
    And by the way, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy plays great on harmonica too! No, really!

    Move On Up, Curtis Mayfield

    The Procrastinator, Lee Morgan

    Low Rider, War

    Song for My Father, Horace Silver

    Raincheck, Billy Strayhorn

    Bizarre Love Triangle, New Order

    Wade in the Water, Brother Jack McDuff

    Work Song, Cannonball Adderley Quintet

    'Nuff outa me...
  12. adi77

    adi77 Banned

    Mar 15, 2007
    Mr. PC
    Charlie Hunter's version of Come as you are
    Sissy strut
    Night lights (gerry mulligan and bob brookmeyer)
  13. punkjazzben


    Jun 26, 2008
    Herbie Hancock is good for funky jazz tunes that are easy to start playing: Watermelon Man, Cantaloupe Island, Chameleon, Maiden Voyage.

    Some Latin/bossa tunes are worth having in your set list. Blue Bossa, Song For My Father, Meditation, Invitation, Girl From Ipanema, etc. standards like Fly Me To The Moon sound good in a bossa style.

    Miles Davis provides plenty of good material for new bands. So What, Tune Up, Four, Freddie Freeloader, Blue In Green, All Blues, Milestones, for example.

    Charlie Parker for some faster swing: Nows The Time, Billie's Bounce, Scrapple From The Apple, Anthropology, Yardbird Suite.

    Then there's a heap of 'standard' standards like Stella By Starlight, Autumn Leaves, Satin Doll, My Funny Valentine, Take The A Train, All The Things You Are, Blue Moon and too many to list. Google 'Great American Songbook' and jump in.
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2014