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funkle

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Fusion Standards
« on: July 20, 2010, 07:17:46 PM »
Yes, that's right, a post in Q&A that's not spam. Wee! ;D

I love fusion that is based on original composition, but if one were do develop a short list of standards, tunes that anyone could find, and learn for an impromptu gig, what would they be?

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Re: Fusion Standards
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2010, 12:12:53 PM »
Do you mean on the fly at a jam session or at a gig with hopefully one or two rehearsals ???

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Re: Fusion Standards
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2010, 01:14:03 PM »
I'd say the latter. I don't play anything by the seat of my pants, and I don't read fast enough.

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Re: Fusion Standards
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2010, 06:46:21 AM »
Well I am currently amassing a list of easy to do tunes which don't require too much rehearsal

Red baron
Cause We ended as lovers
Freeway Jam
Looks Bad Feels Good
Europa
Oye Como Va
Les Bres in Ami
Headhunters version of Watermelon Man
Chameleon (not JUST the "A" section, please)
Red Clay
Povo
School Days
Matinee Idol
Rush Hour
Actual Proof
Butterfly
Come Dancing

You can also funk up some standards or R&B instrumentals which kind of hinted at fusion to come

So What/Impressions
Footprints
Canteloupe Island
Comin' Home Baby
Work Song
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Little Sunflower
The Jody Grind
500 Miles High

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Re: Fusion Standards
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2010, 08:32:08 AM »
Aside from leaving out Stratus, that's a pretty good list.
Whats Come Dancing? The Kinks song?

I might add The Chicken and Proto Cosmos

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Re: Fusion Standards
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2010, 06:21:10 AM »
ahhh that's right - yes chicken & stratus NEED to be on there. I thought of Proto Cosmos, but that seems like it would fit into a longer term rehearsal situation rather than an impromptu/pickup gig

Come dancing is on Beck's Wired album

might as well through Led Boots in there, too

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Re: Fusion Standards
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2010, 09:51:19 PM »
I'm sorry, but I totally LMAO at the Kink's reference...
I think we should make it our mission to fuze-up that "Come Dancing"!

....lame-ass, jive, pseudo bluesy, out-of-tune, noodling, wimped out, fucked up playing....

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Re: Fusion Standards
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2010, 02:48:38 AM »
This is a partial set list that a local band in the DC area - The Charles Wright Trio. Every song sounds as good or better than the original. They also do originals as well.


Allan Holdsworth
Devil Take the Hindmost

Bill Connors
Sea-Coy
Flickering Lights
Step It
Twinkle
Crunchy
Titan
Get It To Go

Billy Cobham
Red Baron
Stratus
Taurian Matador

Brand X
Euthanasia Waltz

Chick Corea
Spain

Carl Falipiak
Blue Entrance

David Sancious
Piktor's Metamorphosis

Dixie Dregs
Ice Cakes
On The Pipe
Refried Funky Chicken

Duke Ellington
Caravan

Frank Gamble
Hey T-Bone

Frank Zappa
Pygmy Twilight

Freddie Hubbard
Sunflower

Herbie Hancock
Cantalope Island
Chameleon

Jaco Pastorius
Teen Town
The Chicken

Jeff Beck
Come Dancin'

Joe Henderson
Caribbean Fire Dance

John Scofield
Wabash
So You Say

Kazumi Watanabe
@#%$C*
Glory's Stomp
Period

Lost Tribe
Mofungo

Miles Davis
You're Under Arrest
So What
All Blues

Mike Stern
Show Bizz
Ha Ha Hotel
Fifty Five Dive
No Notice
Chromozone

Mike Urbainiak
Kashka 1 and 2

Pat Metheny
Missouri Uncompromised
Bright Size of Life
Omaha Celebration

Pieces
Round Midnight

Return to Forever
Space Circus
500 Miles High

Steve Khan
Karmarika
Blues Zone 41

Sonny Rollins
Oleo

Tribal Tech
K-9

Wayne Krantz
Shirts Off
Whipper Snapper
Isabelle

AND MANY MORE!

 


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Re: Fusion Standards
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2010, 05:32:46 AM »
I'm sorry, but I totally LMAO at the Kink's reference...
I think we should make it our mission to fuze-up that "Come Dancing"!

 ;D Fast, hard driving drums, bass/guitar unison lines... fugedabowdit!

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Re: Fusion Standards
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2011, 12:03:23 AM »

For a tune to become a true standard ... it should be something folk can play together without rehearsal.
Maybe just a head chart  ...
Many of those mentioned here require a group arrangement etc. So IMO, should be eliminated ...








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Re: Fusion Standards
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2011, 07:54:28 AM »

For a tune to become a true standard ... it should be something folk can play together without rehearsal.
Maybe just a head chart  ...
Many of those mentioned here require a group arrangement etc. So IMO, should be eliminated ...

Fair enough, but that would eliminate everything but the tunes that pull from the jazz repertoire (so what, footprints, impressions). I think there are tunes that could be played at a jam with a little preparation, like on Geoff's would be on my list - I already know a handful of them, and could probably learn the rest easily)

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Re: Fusion Standards
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2011, 12:54:20 PM »
There's quite a bit Geoff mentioned that can be played without rehearsal ...
If I get a moment I'll come up with some more ..
Been hosting jams for years now, & know that many of those cool tunes he mentioned need at least a littlpreparationon ... lol

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Re: Fusion Standards
« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2011, 06:03:13 PM »
In terms of being a song that you hear groups play all the time, "Stratus" is probably the only classic fusion song I regularly hear being done.  Probably because it's really nothing but an ostinato bass line and a simple keyboard part.  You can do just about anything with it.

I also hear groups doing "Chameleon" from time to time, but only because every funk musician learns it at some point.

The jazz sense of a "standard" includes the notion that you don't even need to know anything about the song as long as you can read a lead sheet on the bandstand.  Fusion doesn't really work that way--that more the rock side of fusion coming out.  Even relatively simple fusion pieces aren't going to work unless everyone either knows the song beforehand or has detailed sheet music.

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Re: Fusion Standards
« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2011, 07:20:52 PM »
Fusion doesn't really work that way--that more the rock side of fusion coming out.

Great point. That, and that fusion often thrives on complex structure arrangement and changes, which doesn't lend itself to impromptu jams. So you've gotta fall back on standards, or blues, freemorm jams or  1 chord vamps.

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Re: Fusion Standards
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2011, 07:29:54 AM »
many of those cool tunes he mentioned need at least a littlpreparationon ... lol
yeah i kinda did list some tough ones - prob need to redact a few :-)