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#1306708 - 11/16/09 03:43 PM Your favourite jazz standards
Wizard of Oz Offline
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I'd like to hear from all the jazz players what your favourite standards are to play and why. Here's a few of mine:

When I fall in Love
Green Dolphin Street
Blue in Green
Dolphin Dance
Never let me go
I Remember Clifford
My Funny Valentine
Round Midnight
Nearness of You

I'm usually captivated by the melody of a song first. That's what draws me in. Then the mood and feeling. Keith Jarrett's probably my fav guy for standards, he sets the bar so high, it's fun to try and climb it.

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#1306722 - 11/16/09 04:07 PM Re: Your favourite jazz standards [Re: Wizard of Oz]
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Originally Posted By: Wizard of Oz
I'd like to hear from all the jazz players what your favourite standards are to play and why. Here's a few of mine:

When I fall in Love
Green Dolphin Street
Blue in Green
Dolphin Dance
Never let me go
I Remember Clifford
My Funny Valentine
Round Midnight
Nearness of You

I'm usually captivated by the melody of a song first. That's what draws me in. Then the mood and feeling. Keith Jarrett's probably my fav guy for standards, he sets the bar so high, it's fun to try and climb it.

Oz, that's a good list, I like all those standards and have played most of them. I would add:

How Deep Is The Ocean
Alone Together
If You Could See Me Now
Everything Happens To Me
LadyBird
Wave
Watch What Happens

More when I think of them




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#1306732 - 11/16/09 04:20 PM Re: Your favourite jazz standards [Re: Wizard of Oz]
Manndrew Offline
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Registered: 04/23/08
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Loc: Massachusetts
Originally Posted By: Wizard of Oz
I'd like to hear from all the jazz players what your favourite standards are to play and why. Keith Jarrett's probably my fav guy for standards, he sets the bar so high, it's fun to try and climb it.


Wiz,

Although I don't fully consider myself a jazz player we seem to have a lot in common. From your list I have When I fall in Love and My Funny Valentine. Here's an incomplete list of some more:

Georgia
Hymn to Freedom (more bluesy)
It Could Happen To You
I Got It Bad
I Wish I Knew How it WOuld Feel to Be Free
In Love In Vain
It's All in The Game
My Funny Valentine
My Song
Someone to Watch Over Me
Summertime
Time On My Hands

As you can see I'm also a little partial to KJ. Good topic Wiz.

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#1306755 - 11/16/09 04:58 PM Re: Your favourite jazz standards [Re: Manndrew]
Wizard of Oz Offline
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hey thanks Andy... Jarrett has a way about his playing, even more so than Bill Evans for me. I'm learning So Tender and Moon and Sand off his standards 1 album now.

Good picks by Gershwin too, I like "My Ship" and "The Man I Love". Herbie Hancock has a great record, "Gershwin's World". I've been trying to find his rendition of "Someone...", it's a bonus track on the import but not North American version.


nitekatt... good additions, I haven't heard those songs as much, any artists you recommend I listen to for those ones?


I just thought of a few more, by Jerome Kern:

Way you look Tonite
All the Things you are
Smoke gets in your Eyes

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#1306759 - 11/16/09 05:04 PM Re: Your favourite jazz standards [Re: Wizard of Oz]
Wizard of Oz Offline
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Conversely, are there some standards that you don't like to play?

Autumn Leaves and Stella by Starlight are 2 that I never took to.

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#1306774 - 11/16/09 05:27 PM Re: Your favourite jazz standards [Re: Wizard of Oz]
KlinkKlonk Offline
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Registered: 05/19/09
Posts: 365
Good topic.
Right now I like:
I hear a rhapsody
Soul Eyes
My man´s gone now
I love you
Stablemates
You must believe in spring

I don't like:
There will never be another you
There is no greater love

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#1306813 - 11/16/09 06:39 PM Re: Your favourite jazz standards [Re: KlinkKlonk]
jjo Offline
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Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 639
Loc: Chicago
I tend to be a sucker for the haunting ballad:
Infant Eyes - Wayner Shorter
Time Remembered - Bill Evans
Naima - John Coltrane

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#1306971 - 11/17/09 01:17 AM Re: Your favourite jazz standards [Re: jjo]
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Loc: Banned
Everything Happens To Me
You Must Believe In Spring

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#1307044 - 11/17/09 07:37 AM Re: Your favourite jazz standards [Re: Wizard of Oz]
jazzonebyone Offline
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Registered: 10/19/09
Posts: 76
Loc: sc
I'll have a different answer every day for this - my favorites at any given time are generally the ones I'm just learning or rearranging.
But I always keep coming back to a few.

Stella by Starlight
Giant Steps
My Funny Valentine
My Favorite Things
Maria (and several more from WSS)
Waltz for Debbie
Sophisticated Lady
Prelude to a Kiss

These may not be "Standards" to anybody except Brubeck fans :
Strange Meadowlark
40 Days
There'll be no Tomorrow

And ... and ... I'd better stop, I'm about to get on a roll ....

Al
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#1307325 - 11/17/09 04:59 PM Re: Your favourite jazz standards [Re: jazzonebyone]
TromboneAl Offline
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Loc: Northern, Northern California
It's interesting how different standards are common in different areas. Around here, the most often heard are:

Green Dolphin
Have you Met Ms. Jones?
Pent-up House
All of Me
Blue Bossa
Stella
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#1307336 - 11/17/09 05:11 PM Re: Your favourite jazz standards [Re: Wizard of Oz]
Amir Offline
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Registered: 01/22/03
Posts: 75
If I may, could you folks recommend specific jazz standards piano sheet music books that do justice to what the composer(s) had in mind?

Something in the intermediate/late intermediate/early advanced range?

My to-do list includes Body and Soul, My Foolish Heart, How Deep Is The Ocean, It Might As Well Be Spring, Reflections in D, Prelude to a Kiss, Besame Mucho, etc.

My favorites include those already mentioned, including Evans, Jarrett and Duke. Brad Mehldau may in future years, be viewed with the others.

P.S. And, Diana Krall has chops. Did you catch her on Sundance channel, interviewed by Elton John, playing 'Night Train?'




Edited by Amir (11/17/09 05:16 PM)
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#1307757 - 11/18/09 12:21 PM Re: Your favourite jazz standards [Re: Amir]
ChicksfromCorea Offline
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Registered: 05/21/09
Posts: 19
Loc: Norway
Current favorites;

Windows
All the things you are

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#1307851 - 11/18/09 03:06 PM Re: Your favourite jazz standards [Re: ChicksfromCorea]
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Loc: San Diego
Moon River
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#1308273 - 11/19/09 05:27 AM Re: Your favourite jazz standards [Re: trillingadventurer]
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#1308355 - 11/19/09 09:32 AM Re: Your favourite jazz standards [Re: alberto]
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Posts: 340
Loc: Vermont, USA
I've pretty much had enough of the standards that came from the Great American Songbook-- all the stuff that came from musical theater. If I never play "All the Things You Are" again, it will be fine with me.

I'm still very much interested in jazz compositions by jazz composers.
ESP
Seven Steps to Heaven
Infant Eyes
Naima
Beatrice
Dolphin Dance

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