Sept Song Of The Month--September Song

MikeKMikeK Asheville, NCNew Altamira M-30, Altamira M-10
in Repertoire Posts: 388

It seems fitting to start this generation of Song Of The Month with September Song, since it's September. Like a lot of folks, I first knew about this tune from Nat King Cole. I enjoy calling it at gigs in September, but it's a really fun tune to solo over any time of the year, and I love the haunting melody of the head. My favorite Django version is on the Blue Star cd "The Great Artistry Of Django Reinhardt" recorded in Paris in 1953. His singing sustain on the electric guitar suits the tune beautifully and I think it works well in the quartet format of guitar, bass, piano & drums.



  • i really like the Song! I love the story that Kurt Weill asked the actor for whom he was suposed to write a Song about his tonal range and he replied "i have none"!

    I love the Django Version that starts with the g harmonic with real funny chromatic statements:

    September Song - YouTube

    I took this as a jumping point and made a solo-guitar arrangement as a kind of study or toolbox:

    September Song solo guitar- YouTube

  • MikeKMikeK Asheville, NCNew Altamira M-30, Altamira M-10
    Posts: 388

    Nicely done, Djangheureux! That's a very creative & interesting interpretation of September Song. Beautiful guitar too.

  • billyshakesbillyshakes NoVA✭✭✭ Park Avance - Dupont Nomade - Dupont DM-50E
    Posts: 1,335

    I like this song too! I first heard this tune from the Robin Nolan Trio album with Randy Greer. I have the Refined Records version titled "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", but it is the same recordings from the RNT album "Nat meets Django" just repackaged. Randy has that similar quality to his voice that Nat had.

  • i recently discovered this great guy with his take on September Song:

    Nando Reinhardt - September Song - YouTube

    Thank you MikeK!

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    That was a fun take @Djangheureux

    I also just discovered Nando a few weeks ago. He's incredible.

    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • MikeKMikeK Asheville, NCNew Altamira M-30, Altamira M-10
    Posts: 388

    Nando's a wizard! Thanks @Djangheureux.

  • MikeKMikeK Asheville, NCNew Altamira M-30, Altamira M-10
    Posts: 388

    Here's a link to Django's version from 1953 that I referenced earlier in this thread. Enjoy--

  • littleknickylittleknicky Sweden
    Posts: 16

    Great idea!

    I've always been a visual learner and pick things up 10x faster if a lick or melody is shown to me compared to reading the music in whatever format. Transcribing tends to make things stick longer, but sometimes just seeing someone play it slowly does the trick.

    So here's a quick and dirty version of the melody played slowly to see the fingerings and then with a backing track. A little sloppy and some rust on there, I haven't played it in a long time- but maybe it helps and can put someone on the right track.

    backing track:


  • wimwim ChicagoModerator Barault #503 replica
    edited September 2021 Posts: 1,459

    It's interesting right hand technique that Nando uses. There is a lot of movement in the fingers (thumb and index) holding the pick, and not much movement of the wrist. You would think that would make a weak sound, but the sound is good ... 🤷

  • BillDaCostaWilliamsBillDaCostaWilliams Barreiro, Portugal✭✭✭ Mateos, Altamira M01F, Huttl
    Posts: 640

    It's interesting right hand technique that Nando uses.

    You can also see it well in this duet with Diknu Schneeberger.

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