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Offline cranston53

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Take the 'A' Train
« on: June 27, 2014, 04:26:24 PM »
Hello,

Not sure if anyone can help me. I have a student who is looking to take the DipLCM through the London College of Music. One of the listed pieces is Take the A Train by Billy Strayhorn, published by Hal Leonard.

For the life of me, I cannot find the version that this refers to. Hal Leonard publishes all sorts of versions - all around grade 3 to 5, none of which could apply. I'm assuming it's going to be some sort of transcription??

I tried contacting the exam board, but the chap who responded, although very nice, wasn't able to help.

Any ideas of what version the repetoire list might be referring to?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Take the 'A' Train
«Reply #1 on: June 27, 2014, 04:33:00 PM »
I only know of the Peterson version. Seems legit/difficult enough, perhaps inquire further with this?>

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Re: Take the 'A' Train
«Reply #2 on: June 27, 2014, 04:35:55 PM »
I only know of the Peterson version. Seems legit/difficult enough, perhaps inquire further with this?>

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Re: Take the 'A' Train
«Reply #3 on: June 30, 2014, 09:20:56 AM »
Thank you ever so much for your help - much appreciated.

That looks about right, in terms of standard and length (although it does look tricky, I'm terrible at transcribed jazz with its swinging triplets!).

I'll run this past the board.

Thanks again.

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Re: Take the 'A' Train
«Reply #4 on: July 03, 2014, 06:46:47 PM »
This is a jazz standard found in many "fake" books. Playing it from a complete transcription, rather than as improvised jazz, is, IMO, a transgression and no small sin. But then...what do I know of dipCLM's and other such fine distinctions? It is a wonderful piece and a riot to play.

When in Brooklyn, you take the A train subway over to Manhattan and north to get to Harlem...the origin of the title.
Swing on!

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Re: Take the 'A' Train
«Reply #5 on: July 07, 2014, 03:05:02 PM »
If it says Hal Leonard this is definitely referring  to the Real Book, which is a collection of top lines and chords. Take The A Train is on page 398 of The Real Book, 6th Edition.
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