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Your Favorite Jazz Standard

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by ameshokostreet, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. ameshokostreet


    Jul 10, 2008
    Hong Kong
    I know there isn't a definite list of jazz standards. Anything that is famous enough will do. I just want to know which are the few most popular ones amongst bass players. Might want to post your favorite version of it as well.

    My favorite has to be "Somday My Prince Will Come".
  2. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    "The Days of Wine and Roses" as performed by the Ray Brown Trio on the CD Black Orpheus. Just a nice version and a great bass solo.
  3. The Owl

    The Owl

    Aug 14, 2005
    Atlanta GA
    Milestones, by the one and only Miles Davis
  4. Oh man...there are just too many. After not having heard it in many years, I recently played "Stella By Starlight" on a gig. I was reminded that it's just an incredible tune, so let's use that one. For today. :D
  5. nashdog


    Jun 1, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    Hhhmmm, there are so many to choose from... but I would have to say either Wayne Shorter's Armageddon or Wildflower, depending on my mood. I definitely have to go with those two though.
  6. IconBasser

    IconBasser Scuba Viking Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2007
    Alta Loma, California
    recorda me- Joe Henderson.

    Amazing song by an amazing player.
  7. But I miss you most of all my darling...
    When autumn leaves start to fall.

    Nat King Cole's rendition FTW. :D
  8. fish slapper

    fish slapper

    Nov 17, 2005
    Newberg, OR
    Freddie the Freeloader
  9. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    "Autumn Leaves"
  10. Hoover

    Hoover Banned

    Nov 2, 2007
    New York City
    Hmm... probably "Round Midnight" by Monk or "How Insensetive" by Jobim.

    But to me the whole notion of a tune being a "standard" kinda supersedes the idea that there's a definitive recorded version...it's the tune's universality (and perhaps ubiquity) that makes it a "standard" in the first place, so to claim that So&So's recording is the best just defeats the point. IMHO.
  11. I'll always love So What and Giant Steps because they got me into jazz, but I'm going to have to say A Night In Tunisia.
  12. bwv1013


    Mar 20, 2008
    southern cal
    Lullaby of Birdland.
  13. ameshokostreet


    Jul 10, 2008
    Hong Kong
    Good Jazz musicians are so versatile they can play any kind of tune in anyway they want it. My teacher once showed me how Oscar Peterson played "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" as a ballad I just couldn't believe how beautiful it was. I think it isn't so much about claiming which is the best version of a particular standard is but more about showing others a version which sounds best for you(portrays the feeling, melody of that particular standard well etc), cause there's so many versions that can do that, you can't jsut pick oneand call it definitive .
  14. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I love that song, I almost put that instead of Autumn Leaves.

    "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" is pretty fantastic also.....
  15. The version of Goodbye Pork Pie Hat with Jaco and Joni Mitchell is just beautiful.
  16. Body and Soul
  17. Jazzomaniac


    Nov 16, 2006
    My favorite is "All The Things You Are". My favorite versions
    of this tune are from two bootleg recordings of Jaco Pastorius and Pat Metheny( one from 1974 and one from 1975) and both contain some of the best live Jaco-solos I have ever heard.
  18. bearshimmy


    Feb 14, 2005
    giant steps
  19. voodoobassist

    voodoobassist Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2008
    Tulsa , OK
    +1 to Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, just a great tune that's so full of emotion.
  20. "All of me"

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