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Old 11-10-2008, 11:20 PM
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Default For the Colonel: Night in Tunesia

Colonel, I know you hate a little bit those nights in Tunesia....

But imagine, Dexter Gordon - 1964 - comes to a club and enters the stage.

A beautiful movie i think - with my old time friend Daniel Humair on drums.
On piano the later bigband leader George Gruntz....

http://www.drummerworld.com/Videos/d...tergordon.html

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Old 11-10-2008, 11:43 PM
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Thanks for that Bernhard! I always love hearing some Dex - especially when it's something of his I haven't heard before (I think I have most everything he did on disc - save for some imports).

I actually liked this - but probably more so because of the level of musicianship involved - but also - did you notice during Dexter's solo how they stopped going between the two feels? I mean - it's not that I don't like the changes or anything - just the arbitrary switching between styles that in most cases, I feel, does not lend itself to a great artistic statement, but rather a little window into the time in jazz where latin influences were brought in. I've heard Night in Tunisia done in a wide variety of ways - but when it's done in the standard switching back-and-forth, I find myself not enjoying it. It's probably me just over-analyzing everything rather than trying to sit back and just enjoy, but that's my thing I guess.


Thanks again for the clip. Humair looks especially relaxed - I love that they actually show some angles of his right hand on the ride cymbal up close!
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:46 PM
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Default Re: For the Colonel: Night in Tunesia

Also - the tempo they play it at - there's very little difference in the 8th note feel between the two styles - but rather Humair's sound source and the bassist's lines between a set part and walking. (as soon as I posted I started analyzing more! Ah! I can't stop!)
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:52 PM
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Default Re: For the Colonel: Night in Tunesia

I'm not an analyst like you - but i just like the way they change the rhythms and feels - very soft. Contrary to that, what most of those amateurbands are doing.

I made this post and mentioned your name, because it was such a coincidence that at the same minute i put up this Humair Video, i read your post about Nights.....

by the way: what a wonderful sax player this Travis Laplante - especially set 2 ....

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Old 11-11-2008, 02:14 AM
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Thanks, Bernhard. It's a great rendition of the tune and very well played!
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:00 AM
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Yeah - Travis is something else. I haven't played with him in...oh god - 5 years now. It's probably THE thing I hate most about living on the west coast now: Not getting to play with Trav everyday. He's in NYC playing a ton. And that stuff is over 5 years old - He's really getting his own sound now.

His band Little Women played out here a few months back - it was great seeing him. Next time he's on tour out here he's playing my gallery and we're going to record some new stuff.

Glad you like his playing Bernhard
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Old 11-11-2008, 05:58 AM
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Default Re: For the Colonel: Night in Tunesia

Nice stuff, Bernard. Thanks for bringing Humair back. I had forgotten that he has that open handed, command of the drums set thing down. I've just been working on that Latin groove he does. I am going to be looking into him. He's one of those guys who just makes it look so easy.

I have been having a problem playing the videos lately. Do I need to update my plug-ins?
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My oh my, what a treat. Recorded the year I was born.
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Awesome clip, thanks Bernhard!
Dexter really makes it sound "Big Time"-like in the A part, like a chewing gum.

Great way of playing this beautiful tune. Daniel Humair looks relaxed...and at some spots it doesn`t even sound so old-fashioned. It has its contemporary (regarding the 21st c.) spots which I love and was a bit surprised of at first.

Great tune and interpretation!!

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Old 11-14-2008, 06:27 AM
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Very nice clip!

Quite enjoyed that.
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Old 11-18-2008, 09:50 PM
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Awesome.

We are doing "Night in Tunesia" in our school's jazz band right now.
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