[Dixielandjazz] Chord Choices - was DYKWIMTMNO, Chord Decisions

Jim Franz jfranz at triad.rr.com
Fri Aug 28 20:53:18 PDT 2009

Speaking of chords and tuba players, how does one learn the bass lines for 
early jazz? I see the fake books with chords notation over the melody, but 
from listening I hear a very different style than later jazz, but no 
discussion or print to teach someone an "early jazz" style of bass playing 
(for me-tuba). Is there any books or scholarly analysis of early jazz 
(1900-1930) bass? The closest I've come is piano books with the full parts. 
I don't have the perfect pitch to determine the notes played on a recording.
Jim Franz

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stephen G Barbone" <barbonestreet at earthlink.net>
To: "jim franz" <jfranz at triad.rr.com>
Cc: <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 11:37 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Chord Choices - was DYKWIMTMNO, Chord Decisions

> Especially if you have more than one chord instrument in the band. Say 
> piano plus banjo or guitar. <grin>
> Ernie Carson was a taskmaster on chords. I heard him ask a tuba player 
> what a certain chord was, the tuba player saying "it is about a Bb7 or 
> so." Ernie replied sharply, "not about, it is exactly a Bb7.
> Cheers,
> Steve Barbone
> www.myspace.com/barbonestreetjazzband
> On Aug 28, 2009, at 11:24 PM, Gluetje1 at aol.com wrote:
>> I was once told by a gent who had done a lot of recording that when  an 
>> ensemble gets set to do a CD, the first discussion is what chords  are 
>> going to be used on the CD, that this is often the longest and  bitterest 
>> discussion of the whole process.  If some of you would  care to comment 
>> on your experience regarding this, it could be an  interesting discussion 
>> I think.
>> Ginny
>> In a message dated 8/28/2009 4:00:24 P.M. Central Daylight Time, 
>> barbonestreet at earthlink.net writes:

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