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[Song ID Help] Intro to Barry Harris's 6th Dim Scale Class (Read 516 times)

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[Song ID Help] Intro to Barry Harris's 6th Dim Scale Class
« on: July 14, 2020, 01:30:32 AM »
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any ideas of the name of the song Barry plays? thanks.

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Re: [Song ID Help] Intro to Barry Harris's 6th Dim Scale Class
«Reply #1 on: July 14, 2020, 04:31:35 AM »
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any ideas of the name of the song Barry plays? thanks.

Yeah.  I could literally only hear a few seconds due to poor mobile reception, but I'd be completely shocked if that wasn't "Stella By Starlight."

Actually, a few years ago, purely by accident, I saw the movie this tune came from.  I think it's called The Uninvited.  Pretty good old-fashioned ghost story movie.

Yeah, so, that'll be twenty dollars, or a case of beer, your choice.  Just my standard fee!

Good tune by the way:  hard to figure out, or rather, there's a lot of different ways to conceive of the harmony.


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ETA, OK, I was able to hear the actual playing, or the first twenty seconds.

No.  He's just fooling around with the tune "Star Eyes."

Incidentally, Barry Harris on one of his earlier recordings, in a trio I think, or maybe a quintet, did a killer solo on that same tune.

Now that I've actually heard it, yes, that's the tune.  He's doing some pretty far out stuff in reharms, but there's no question.

I don't know which bit preceded this clip, but it seems pretty likely he was just using some fragments of tunes and basically fooling around a bit.

But the main tune in the beginning of the clip is "Star Eyes," which is a good tune to know, as is the other one.

So, just to be clear, Barry's not actually "playing" a tune: he's using the rough harmonic framework and melodic elements and is, more or less, just having a bit of fun with it.  You won't find the tune written out the way he does it, but it'd be in any average jazz or standards fakebook in leadsheet form, and you'd recognize it from there.

He's just fooling around with the harmonies a bit.  No, I've never understood his dim6 system, but he is a very good player from the old school who has a bunch of interesting recordings under his own name as a leader.
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Re: [Song ID Help] Intro to Barry Harris's 6th Dim Scale Class
«Reply #2 on: July 14, 2020, 06:46:46 PM »
thanks for the thorough info. awesome to finally put a name to this tune.