I know that we all wish we were as cool as somebody like "Tchan-Tchou," AKA Paul Vidal, but let's face it, the closest we'll really ever get is by learning his music. I first transcribed his classic "La Gitane"
because I wanted to really learn it and perform it, and I couldn't find any transcriptions that I thought were really accurate, so I ended up doing it myself, [best way to really learn anything, of course].
I really dig T.T's swingin' approach on songs like Sheik.
I'm not quite sure what he recorded this on, I'm sure
someone her knows all of the info, including his string gauges,
and what kind of razor he preferred, and it'll be posted here in like ten minutes
Some of the photos show him playing a thin hollow body and some a Selmac. The track sounds a bit like a 'stimerized' Selmac, or maybe a hollow body electric with heavy flatwound strings, [wow, I guess I'm a Django dork/nerd too]! :shock:
I have Sheik on a few CD's including "Gipsy Jazz School," a first rate compilation on Iris Music. [almost worth buying for the great liner notes and photos].
The notes say that the recording is circa 1960, and it's titled "The Cheik of Araby." I transcribed his 1st solo chorus, starting on his fill after the melody. One of the really cool things about his playing is that he
has such a nice sense of swing, and often is playing fairly simple ideas
surrounded by lots of space, [this ties into what I was saying a day or two ago about less being more, etc.] I didn't notate all of the rhythmic nuances, [much of that is implied in performance anyway].
The song has been covered by a lot of folks, including of course
Benny Goodman, Louie Prima and Django and his heirs. According to Wiki it was also recorded by the Beatles for their failed Decca audition.
Don Albert recorded the 1st version of it with the famous group response line, [With no pants on]
it as generally banned from radio airplay because of that, [goes to show how much times have changed]! Louie Prima and crew cleaned it up by saying "With no turban on," [that's how we do it, say it that is]! There is a cool verse to the piece that I found online, but I have never heard anybody perform it.
[BTW, If you really want to hear some mighty swingn' listen to ANYTHING
by Louie and Sam Butera. I don't think anybody plays swing like that now, and that's kind of a shame. It's a lost art. Hell, half of Sam Butera's solos were mostly one note!
Anyhow, check out the transcription, and let me know if this stuff is helpful to all you budding hipsters.