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    Now while a lot of people love machine-gun 8th notes ripping over a 300+bpm tune, there's something very personal about ballads. They expose the musician and really draw the listener in to hear what the performer is feeling. I also see a lot of comments on here saying how people nowadays just sound like they're playing technical exercises and not saying anything with their playing- now that might be true for some players, but I believe great players CAN DO BOTH WELL. I've played tons of gigs that required crazy tempos on both ends (over 320 and under 50bpm). I think some people are lumped into a category (either one) by others who have only heard a handful of recordings of them.

    This thread is dedicated to the lower end of the tempo spectrum- BALLADS! Please post recordings/videos of you playing ballads. Can be any style, standard, original, etc. Hopefully we'll hear some beautiful sounds in here, and I'm looking forward to hearing everyone!

    To start it off, here's a recording I did in the studio a few years back on one of my favorite ballads of all time- "Stars Fell on Alabama"


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    Beautiful playing! I'm working on your TOTM btw! But my teacher is asking about the next tune I'm going to memorize and I want to do a ballad- what should it be? He said it's an idea to start with memorizing things people play typically at jams, etc., and I have a personal goal of getting through a set at my regular weekly gigs without the book. I've memorized some swing bossa and blues- now I want to do a ballad- so this is timely! Which would you choose to start with? At my regular gig we do several- Body and Soul comes to mind, or You Don't Know What Love Is- or maybe Willow Weep for Me-
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roundmidnite View Post
    Beautiful playing! I'm working on your TOTM btw! But my teacher is asking about the next tune I'm going to memorize and I want to do a ballad- what should it be? He said it's an idea to start with memorizing things people play typically at jams, etc., and I have a personal goal of getting through a set at my regular weekly gigs without the book. I've memorized some swing bossa and blues- now I want to do a ballad- so this is timely! Which would you choose to start with? At my regular gig we do several- Body and Soul comes to mind, or You Don't Know What Love Is- or maybe Willow Weep for Me-
    Thanks so much! The 3 you said are awesome tunes- also "They Say It's Wonderful" is great, as is "I've Never Been in Love Before" (which I like more swingin in the pocket, but it works great as a ballad). Also- My Foolish Heart, My One and Only Love, Misty, I'm Old Fashioned...so many good choices!

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    My favorites are My Funny Valentine, followed by Here's That Rainy Day and In a Sentimental Mood.

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    Good ideas guys- except I have this weird aversion to Misty for some reason-
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Kotches View Post
    My favorites are My Funny Valentine, followed by Here's That Rainy Day and In a Sentimental Mood.

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    Great choices- post some up! Would love to hear it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roundmidnite View Post
    Good ideas guys- except I have this weird aversion to Misty for some reason-
    I once played Misty as a solo in my wedding combo. A guy from the crowd came up and put a $20 bill into the bell of my horn as a tip. Then the guys in the band spent the rest of the night arguing that they should get a cut of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaysne View Post
    I once played Misty as a solo in my wedding combo. A guy from the crowd came up and put a $20 bill into the bell of my horn as a tip. Then the guys in the band spent the rest of the night arguing that they should get a cut of it.
    Yes, people love Misty- kind of the Mustang Sally of jazz I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roundmidnite View Post
    Yes, people love Misty- kind of the Mustang Sally of jazz I guess.
    Hahah! Maybe. I know that Richie Cole LOVED playing it, and I got to play it with him on a gig way back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roundmidnite View Post
    Good ideas guys- except I have this weird aversion to Misty for some reason-
    Is it the film Play Misty for Me? I can't hear or play "Misty" without thinking about it, especially the ending. Ray Stevens' version also keeps popping into my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bflateflat View Post
    VERY tasty!
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    Some very nice playing Dave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zabbo View Post
    Some very nice playing Dave.
    Yes, really sweet tone; I like the way you bend notes, very Cannonball-esque.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zabbo View Post
    Some very nice playing Dave.
    Thanks a lot!

    Quote Originally Posted by booboo5000 View Post
    Yes, really sweet tone; I like the way you bend notes, very Cannonball-esque.
    I appreciate that! Cannonball was the best at that (to me). He always made it work!

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    Love the playing. I remember seeing this a while back when I was learning the tune myself. Loved the pacing.

    Does anyone know a good playalong for Tenderly? I have the Abersold version but I cant really get into it.

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    Wow, Dave and Bflateflat, that is really great playing.
    I enjoy to listen to and play ballads a lot. I am totally with Dave about
    the player exposing him/herself. It is about telling a story, grab the listener and
    keep it interesting through the end of the tune. That skill is not given to every player.
    I have played with some fantastic sax players that I heard struggling on ballads
    killing the tune completely in the 3th chorus because they felt the need shift to
    the fourth gear and hide behind a wall of unnecessary and uninteresting notes.
    You both do not need that at all. A real pleasure to listen to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Pollack View Post
    Thanks a lot!



    I appreciate that! Cannonball was the best at that (to me). He always made it work!
    And hats off to Johnny Hodges!

    Thanks for for this post! I love playing ballads, and, like you said, there are many to choose from.

    Great to hear/see you play!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bexleystorme View Post
    Does anyone know a good playalong for Tenderly? I have the Abersold version but I cant really get into it.
    You can find a few nice ones on Youtube.
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    Great take on "Alabama" Dave. Also good to hear you on a decent recording. Nice band.
    I did this a while ago and it's still my favorite ballad to play. Back to the Link for this one.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa0iaMlOxAI
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    Of course there's always Monk's Round Midnight. I'm definitely not ready to record that. I'll try to get MFV tonight if time permits.

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