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Spinning Song (LP)

Format: 12″ Vinyl LP

Year: 2019

Duck Baker plays the music of Herbie Nichols

This classic fingerstyle jazz guitar record has been released as an audiophile LP by Triple Point Records to commemorate Nichols’ centennial birthday. This is the same label which released Duck Baker Plays Monk in late 2016. The original CD, which came out in 1996 (and is still available from this site), got rave reviews in the jazz press, and put Baker on the map in the jazz guitar world. 

Acoustic Guitar magazine proclaimed Spinning Song “one of the best guitar records ever recorded – by anybody.”

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The Art Of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar

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Tracks: 19
Format: 320kbps MP3
File size: 119 MB

The Art of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar is an album that was released in 1979. It was reissued in 1994 by Shanachie Records with six bonus tracks.

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0030 – Basic Patterns

Sheet Music – PDF Download, 1 1/2 pages, beginner level

MP3 included in download

These patterns are extremely helpful for getting started with fingerpicking. The idea here is that we assign strings to the fingers on the picking hand; the high E string is always picked by the ring finger, the B by the middle finger, and the G by the index. The thumb is responsible for keeping the bass line going on the low E, A and D strings.

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Sittin’ On Top Of The World

Title: Sittin’ On Top Of The World

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From the Album: The Moving Business

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Deja Vouty

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Tracks: 11
Format: 320kbps MP3
File size: 115 MB

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Baker’s Dozen Music Book

Guitar Music and tablature of 13 arrangements from featured CDs

Format: PDF downloadable

 

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Baker’s Dozen Music Book + MP3 Audio

Guitar Music and tablature of 13 arrangements from featured CDs

PLUS all 13 Titles in MP3 format

Format: PDF (Music Book) + MP3 (Audio)

 

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Baker’s Dozen

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A compilation of 13 tracks from The Waltz Lesson, Amnesia in Trastevere, The County Set and Shades of Blue

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Shades Of Blue

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Tracks: 10
Format: 320kbps MP3
File size: 104 MB

 

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The King Of Bongo Bong

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Tracks: 13
Format: 320kbps MP3
File size: 83 MB

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Pareto Sketches book

This book presents the 21 pieces that were included on the 2-CD set Pareto Sketches, all of which were composed by Duck Baker. The recordings consist of solo and duo performances by Baker and four other guitarists. Mandolinist Massimo Gatti also joined for duets with four of the guitarists. The music here is what the players involved worked with, not necessarily what they performed; since many of the tunes were jazz-oriented, not all of the performances followed the original arrangements 100%. MP3 guide tracks that give a very basic idea of how the tunes sound are included.

Format: PDF Download

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The Preacher’s Son

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Tracks: 16
Format: 320kbps MP3
File size: 115MB

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Kid On The Mountain

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Tracks: 17
Format: 320kbps MP3
File size: 110 MB
Includes: Tab Music Book (pdf), album cover (jpeg)

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There’s Something For Everyone In America

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Tracks: 17
Format: 320kbps MP3
File size: 97 MB
Includes: Tab Music Book (pdf), album cover (jpeg)

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One For Myrtle

Sheet Music – PDF Download 1 page, advanced level

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Tina Brooks was one of a dozen of so tenor players from the hard-bop era who were a step or two behind John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, and who all seem to get short shrift. Even within this under-appreciated group, Brooks is a lesser-known. He only managed to lead one record date that was released during his lifetime, and though he did appear on numerous dates as a sideman, was never a member of one of the really visible working bands of the era (as was the case with, for instance, Harold Land, Clifford Jordan, or Hank Mobley), and he never had the blinding technique of Coltrane, Rollins, or Johnny Griffin. But he did have a soulful, vulnerable tone that was arresting even when he was stating melodies, and quite an individual way of building his solos. Brooks was not especially known as a composer, but the minor-to-major blues line “One For Myrtle” is a great little tune, which he recorded on his last date, in 1961, but which only appeared on record in 1985. Guitarists who have worked with the traditional blues repertoire may note that this number utilizes basically the same chord progression as Blind Blake’s “Rope Stretchin’ Blues,” which is very similar to Gary Davis’s “Hesitation Blues.”

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Jackie-ing

Sheet Music – PDF Download 1 page, advanced level

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When another tune was needed to complete Thelonious Monk’s 5 By Monk By 5 record in 1959, he practically wrote “Jackie-ing” on the spot. But he obviously enjoyed performing it, as he recorded it on ten further occasions, mostly live. Monk named the new tune after his niece, and based it on “When The Saints Go Marching In,” though the last detail is anything but obvious! This one sits well on guitar in its original key of Bb, and is a great example of how complex vertical harmony can obscure what is basically a simple chord progression.

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Souareba

Sheet Music – PDF Download 3 pages, advanced level

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Salif Keita is one of the most recognizable names in contemporary African music, with a recording career that stretches back nearly fifty years. Originally from Mali, Keita rose to international prominence after moving to Paris in 1984, and he recorded the song “Souareba” for the LP Soro, which was a major success in 1987. In Keita’s hands, the song is intelligent Afro-Pop at its best, and a showcase for the leader’s brilliant vocals, but nearly hidden under the layers of sound is a simple, stunning melody that is carried by the backup singers. This arrangement adds a bass line and B section not heard in Keita’s version, played in D in drop-D tuning (D-A-D-G-B-E).

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Peace

Sheet Music – PDF Download 1 page, advanced level

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Ornette Coleman’s recording career began with two excellent dates for the Contemporary label, but it was only on his first date for Atlantic in 1959 that he got to lead his own working quartet, and the results were stunning. Every track on that record, The Shape of Jazz to Come, is a ringer, but the only two that have gained much currency with jazz musicians are “Lonely Woman” and “Peace.” And even these famous tunes are not performed very often, probably because they suggest a style of improvisation that is lyrical but not tonal, free but not completely abstract. In any case, this remains one of Coleman’s strongest melodies, and it adopts well to solo guitar.

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The Happenings

Sheet Music – PDF Download 2 pages, advanced level

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“The Happenings” was the only blues tune written by the great pianist/composer Herbie Nichols, and though his only recording of it is lost, it has become a fairly popular piece to cover for the growing number of musicians interested in performing Nichols’ work. This probably owes to it being less challenging than most of his other compositions, though the progression is by no means standard. But people like to play “The Happenings” because it has an engaging character, humorous and quirky. Nichols took inspiration for this one from Prokofiev’s march from the Love For Three Oranges Suite, and often quoted it in performing the tune. (Indeed, another instrument can play this little theme over the first four bars of the “Pretty Baby” variation here, to good effect.)

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Opening the Eyes of Love

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Tracks: 15
Format: 320kbps MP3
File size: 109 MB

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Duck Baker Plays Monk LP

Format: 12″ Vinyl LP

Released: 2018 (Triple Point Records)

 

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Price: £27.50

Kid On The Mountain LP

Format: 12″ Vinyl LP

Released in 1980

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This 1980 title was Duck’s fifth and last solo record for Kicking Mule. These copies are still sealed, but no longer pristine, as some of the corners of the covers are slightly bent. New copies of this records are practically non-existent, but owing to less-than-perfect condition they are offered in the same sort of price range as new CD’s.

Price: £12.50

Les Blues Du Richmond (LP)

Demos and Outtakes 1973 – 1979

Format: 12″ Vinyl LP

Released in 2018

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• Also available in CD Format

Price: £12.50

Pareto Sketches LP

This Limited Edition LP contains 12 tracks from the 21 that comprise the 2-CD, complete version of Pareto Sketches. The audiophile, LP version is pressed on 180 gram vinyl and is offered on a limited basis while supplies last. This project involved new compositions by Duck Baker, as performed by himself and several Italian musicians. Michele Calgaro, Val Bonetti and Davide Mastrangelo were the main participants besides Baker, with mandolinist Massimo Gatti joining for duets on four numbers. Producer Luigi Maramotti shows his mettle as a guitarist on one of the duos with Gatti.

LP track listing:

Side One:
DEJA VOUTY (Duck Baker & Michele Calgaro) 3:54 
ONE FOR T-BONE  (Val Bonetti & Davide Mastrangelo)     3:40
COSTANZA (Davide Mastrangelo & Massimo Gatti)     2:59
HELEN (Duck Baker) 3:02    
MIKI AND LOU (Davide Mastrangelo) 2:54
MAKING ENDS MEET (Duck Baker & Massimo Gatti)  3:52

Side Two:
LOSERS KEEPERS (Val Bonetti) 3:33
THE CORNER  (Val Bonetti & Davide Mastrangelo) 2:50  
ASKING TOO MUCH (Val Bonetti & Massimo Gatti) 3:29
238,857 MILES  (Duck Baker & Michele Calgaro)        4:32
PARETO WALTZ   (Luigi Maramotti & Massimo Gatti)  3:40 
THE NORTH SIDE OF BROAD (Michele Calgaro)  3:25

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Also available on CD and as PDF download Music book

Price: £30.00

The Third World

Sheet Music – PDF download, 3 pages, advanced level

MP3 is included with download

“The Third World” is one of the most celebrated compositions by Herbie Nichols, the great by tragically neglected pianist who only manage to make 4 records in his lifetime, and was known at the time of his death in 1963 only as the composer of Billie Holiday’s theme, “Lady Sings The Blues”. But Nichols was one of the most harmonically advanced jazz composers of his era, one of the very few who can be compared to Thelonious Monk, even though other jazz musicians did not catch up with Nichols until long after they were trying to deal with me. My own arrangements of Nichols’ music can be heard on Spinning Song, which is available on CD and as limited-edition LP. The chord progression is something else, so even after learning the arrangement, improvising on this presents real challenges. It was also a challenge for me to notate, especially the tremolo effect I usually use for the first and fifth measures of B. This looked bad in the score and and the midi version sounded awful, so I rewrote it in a way that much easier to play, and included those two measures at the end of the arrangement To hear them, I’m afraid one needs to buy the record, though most people do think it is one of my best. It was certainly the most ambitious.

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Sweet And Lovely

Sheet music – PDF download, 3 pages, intermediate advanced level

MP3 is included with download

The well loved standard appeared in 1931, and like many another pop song of that period, it only really entered the jazz repertoire during the modern era. This version is based on Thelonious Monk’s arrangement, which he first recorded with a trio in 1952, and returned to many times throughout his career. In fact Monk’s trio version may have been the first modern jazz recording, and it is certainly unique, with those chromatically descending 7th’s all through the first four bars.

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Someday My Prince Will Come

Sheet music – PDF download, 3 pages, advanced level

MP3 is included with download

This great song was of course written for the 1937 Walt Disney version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and though it has not been covered very often by pop singers really came into it’s own when modern jazz musicians adopted it 20 years later. Many people associate it with Miles Davis, but while the Davis version is certainly a classic, Dave Brubeck made the first jazz recording, on Dave Digs Disney. I made this arrangement in about 1983 but still haven’t got around to recording it. Some of the chord shapes involve big stretches, and the shape in measure 27 involving the thumb and a partial barre is a real bear.

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Like Someone in Love

Sheet music – PDF download, 3 pages, advanced level

MP3 is included with download

This Jimmy Van Heusen song was written in 1944 for the film Belle of the Yukon, and quickly became a standard for pop singers and jazz musicians alike. I was inspired to arrange it in about 1980 after hearing Bud Powell’s very different take on the song, but didn’t get around to recording it until much later, on The Roots And Branches of American Music. That record is available on this site, either as a CD or as a download, and the individual track can be bought separately.

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Mistersioso

Sheet music – PDF download, 3 pages, advanced level

MP3 is included with download

I have used a different approach to this great Thelonious Monk blues line, since the basic tune is only 12 bars long. I decided to transcribe two of the four choruses I improvised on the performance released on my 2016 LP Duck Baker Plays Monk. Having done that I released that the midi version sounded so strange that it would be better to just edit the version I recorded, so the MP3 here is about half of what was on the record, beginning with the improvised choruses. As will be obvious, immediately, the timing of the performance is very free and fluid. The basic tune is not difficult to play, and students are of course free to make up their own variations or improvisations.

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Where The Morning Glories Grow

Sheet music – PDF download, 3 pages, intermediate advanced level

MP3 is included with download

This is one of two songs that Carmen Baker used to sing as lullabies to her grandchildren when we were growing up in the 1950s. I assume she sang them to our father in the 1920s, too. Both this and “Mammy’s Little Coal Black Rose”, her other lullaby, were written by the great songwriter, Richard Whiting, though she probably didn’t know this. Though never a very well-known song, it proved fairly durable, finding it’s way into the repertoires of old-time country bands, swing bands, and cowboy crooners. I recorded it as an instrumental on a CD I did with Molly Andrews, and this is basically a transcription of that recording (which is also available as an MP3 elsewhere on this site).

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Five swing tunes

These transcriptions are offered for £15, rather than the £20 that five individual transcriptions would cost. This offer will continue for about 3 months, into the spring of 2019. The five arrangements included are:

I Found A New Baby
Where The Morning Glories Grow
Honeysuckle Rose
Sweet Georgia Brown
Jitterbug Waltz

All of the arrangements have been written in standard musical notation as well as guitar tablature, and come with an MP3 midi recording that gives an accurate idea of what the arrangement should sound like.

I Found A New Baby – 3 pages, advanced level

This great song was written in the mid-1920s and quickly became a standard for pop and jazz performers. I learned it playing with swing/trad jazz bands in the 1970’s and arranged it based on on the original 1926 recording by Clarence Williams’ Blue Five. Most contemporary versions are instrumental and omit the verse, which in this case is a real pity as it’s superior both musically and in terms of lyrics. I recorded this version on my third LP, The King of Bongo Bong, and anyone wanting to hear my version can find that record as a download or as a CD, elsewhere on this site. The individual track is also available as an MP3.

Where The Morning Glories Grow – 3 pages, intermediate advanced level

This is one of two songs that Carmen Baker used to sing as lullabies to her grandchildren when we were growing up in the 1950s. I assume she sang them to our father in the 1920s, too. Both this and “Mammy’s Little Coal Black Rose”, her other lullaby, were written by the great songwriter, Richard Whiting, though she probably didn’t know this. Though never a very well-known song, it proved fairly durable, finding it’s way into the repertoires of old-time country bands, swing bands, and cowboy crooners. I recorded it as an instrumental on a CD I did with Molly Andrews, and this is basically a transcription of that recording (which is also available as an MP3 elsewhere on this site).

Honeysuckle Rose – 3 pages, advanced level

This is one of Fats Waller’s best songs, and probably the one that gets played most often, especially by jazz musicians. I learned it when I was really focused on swing jazz in the mid-1970s, and used to play it with my friend Thom Keats all the time. The variation is lifted from Django Reinhardt, and it is played in the original key of F. This arrangement depends much more on barre chords than is usual for me. I first recorded it on my second Kicking Mule Record, When You Wore A Tulip, and revisited it as a duo with Will Bernard on Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans, in 2004. Another early solo version is included on the 2019 release Plymouth Rock. The version here conforms mostly to my early arrangement, with one or two ideas from the later version included in the variation.

Sweet Georgia Brown – 4 pages, intermediate advanced level

This great standard was among the first swing tunes I arranged, all the way back in the 1960s, and it has been in my repertoire ever since, though I have never put it on a record, except as a duo with Dale Miller on his 1982 LP, Wild Over Me. I think the omission owes to how popular it has always been with guitarists. This transcription includes the basic arrangement I have always played as well as a variation that I have used mostly when playing with other musicians.

Jitterbug Waltz – 2 pages, advanced level

Written in 1942, Fat’s Waller’s “Jitterbug Waltz” is generally regarded as the first true jazz waltz. I have never recorded a solo version of it, but Jamie Findlay and I included it on our 2001 duo record, Out of the Past. At that point my basic arrangement underwent a fair bit of modernization, and what I have transcribed includes many of the ideas that Jamie and I worked up.

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Five modern tunes

These transcriptions are offered for £15, rather than the £20 that five individual transcriptions would cost. This offer will continue for about 3 months, into the spring of 2019. The five arrangements included are:

Mistersioso
Like Someone in Love
Someday My Prince Will Come
Sweet And Lovely
The Third World

Mistersioso – 3 pages, advanced level

I have used a different approach to this great Thelonious Monk blues line, since the basic tune is only 12 bars long. I decided to transcribe two of the four choruses I improvised on the performance released on my 2016 LP Duck Baker Plays Monk. Having done that I released that the midi version sounded so strange that it would be better to just edit the version I recorded, so the MP3 here is about half of what was on the record, beginning with the improvised choruses. As will be obvious, immediately, the timing of the performance is very free and fluid. The basic tune is not difficult to play, and students are of course free to make up their own variations or improvisations. 

Like Someone in Love – 3 pages, advanced level

This Jimmy Van Heusen song was written in 1944 for the film Belle of the Yukon, and quickly became a standard for pop singers and jazz musicians alike. I was inspired to arrange it in about 1980 after hearing Bud Powell’s very different take on the song, but didn’t get around to recording it until much later, on The Roots And Branches of American Music. That record is available on this site, either as a CD or as a download, and the individual track can be bought separately.

Someday My Prince Will Come – 3 pages, advanced level

This great song was of course written for the 1937 Walt Disney version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and though it has not been covered very often by pop singers really came into it’s own when modern jazz musicians adopted it 20 years later. Many people associate it with Miles Davis, but while the Davis version is certainly a classic, Dave Brubeck made the first jazz recording, on Dave Digs Disney. I made this arrangement in about 1983 but still haven’t got around to recording it. Some of the chord shapes involve big stretches, and the shape in measure 27 involving the thumb and a partial barre is a real bear.

Sweet And Lovely – 3 pages, intermediate advanced level

The well loved standard appeared in 1931, and like many another pop song of that period, it only really entered the jazz repertoire during the modern era. This version is based on Thelonious Monk’s arrangement, which he first recorded with a trio in 1952, and returned to many times throughout his career. In fact Monk’s trio version may have been the first modern jazz recording, and it is certainly unique, with those chromatically descending 7th’s all through the first four bars.

The Third World – 3 pages, advanced level

“The Third World” is one of the most celebrated compositions by Herbie Nichols, the great by tragically neglected pianist who only manage to make 4 records in his lifetime, and was known at the time of his death in 1963 only as the composer of Billie Holiday’s theme, “Lady Sings The Blues”. But Nichols was one of the most harmonically advanced jazz composers of his era, one of the very few who can be compared to Thelonious Monk, even though other jazz musicians did not catch up with Nichols until long after they were trying to deal with me. My own arrangements of Nichols’ music can be heard on Spinning Song, which is available on CD and as limited-edition LP. The chord progression is something else, so even after learning the arrangement, improvising on this presents real challenges. It was also a challenge for me to notate, especially the tremolo effect I usually use for the first and fifth measures of B. This looked bad in the score and and the midi version sounded awful, so I rewrote it in a way that much easier to play, and included those two measures at the end of the arrangement To hear them, I’m afraid one needs to buy the record, though most people do think it is one of my best. It was certainly the most ambitious.

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Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans

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Tracks: 14
Format: 320kbps MP3
File size: 105 MB
Includes: album cover (jpeg)

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The Roots & Branches Of American Music

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Tracks: 16
Format: 320kbps MP3
File size: 112 MB
Includes: album cover (jpeg)

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The Waltz Lesson

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Tracks: 16
Format: 320kbps MP3
File size: 119 MB
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Amnesia in Trastevere

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Tracks: 10
Format: 320kbps MP3
File size: 105 MB
Includes: album cover (jpeg)

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A Thousand Words – mp3

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Tracks: 14
Format: 320kbps MP3
File size: 107 MB

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The Clear Blue Sky – mp3

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Tracks: 13
Format: 320kbps MP3
File size: 96 MB

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Ms. Right – mp3

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Tracks: 12
Format: 320kbps MP3
File size: 95 MB

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Plymouth Rock

Format: Audio CD

Year: 2019

Fulica Records FCD-201

Unreleased and Rare Recordings, 1973-1979

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Price: £8.00

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Coffee for Three (mp3)

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Released in 2019

Tracks: 8
Format: 320kbps MP3
File size: 102 MB

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When You Wore A Tulip (2019 re-issue) MP3

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Tracks: 21
Format: 320kbps MP3
File size: 118 MB

Originally released in 1977
Re-released: 2019
Complete 1977 album with additional material

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Tab/music PDF booklet available

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When You Wore A Tulip – Tablature Book (PDF)

Tablature Book for When You Wore A Tulip

Format: PDF (download)

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When You Wore A Tulip – Tab Book + MP3

Tablature Book for When You Wore A Tulip together with MP3 download of the re-issued album

Format: PDF (book), MP3 (audio)

When You Wore A Tulip MP3 version: £7.99
When You Wore A Tulip Tab Book: £4.00

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Blue Skies

Blue Skies 

Sheet music – PDF download, 2 pages

Intermediate advanced level

MP3 guide track included with download

 

One of Irving Berlin’s most popular songs, “Blue Skies” was written in 1926 for a musical called “Betsy.” The show was poorly received and quickly forgotten, but this song was an immediate success and has never gone out of favor. It’s pretty much the standard for this type of chord progression, working from the minor chord through the minor major 7th, the minor 7th, and on down chromatically, resolving on the relative major. I think I learned it from a Chick Webb record, but it’s the kind of song that people my age would have heard often enough growing up for it to have always been familiar. I have performed this arrangement fairly often over the years, especially with other musicians, but I have never recorded it.

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Charleston

Charleston

Sheet music – PDF download, 3 1/2 pages

Intermediate level

MP3 guide track included with download

 

This is an enormously famous song and another one everyone my age grew up knowing, and it was written by great stride pianist James P. Johnson, yet it is doesn’t seem to get as many performances from jazz musicians as one might expect. Johnson wrote it for a show called “Runnin’ Wild” in 1923, and it enjoyed enormous popularity during the jazz age, hardly surprising considering the fact that the dance associated with the song was so strongly linked with the era. In any case it’s a particularly fun tune to play, and this arrangement is not very difficult. My recording of it was part of a medley with a much less famous song called “Charleston Mad”, which I recorded on a demo tape in 1973. The demo led to a record deal the following year, but I didn’t sing on my first couple of LP’s, and by the time I was including vocals on my records I had newer arrangements I wanted to include. The demo recording was eventually released in 2018, however, on the Tompkins Square record called Les Blues Du Richmond.
 
This arrangement predates the time when I was really playing swing, and doesn’t use many of the kinds of chord shapes I would learn after I moved to San Francisco in late 1973. So it may be more approachable for folk/blues/ragtime players than some of my other swing arrangements. I only changed a few things from the recorded version, especially the ending (on the recording, it just goes to the other song).

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Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols bundle

Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols bundle (5 titles):

Bemsha Swing
Light Blue
Round About Midnight
Portrait Of Ucha
2300 Skiddoo

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Mr. Jelly Roll Soul

Mr. Jelly Roll Soul

Sheet music – PDF download, 2 1/2 pages

Intermediate advanced level

MP3 guide track included with download

 

“Mr. Jelly Roll Soul” was written by the great Charles Mingus for his 1959 record Blues And Roots, but it was a departure from Mingus’s usual writing style. Both the original version and this arrangement are more about earlier jazz styles than modern jazz, as we might expect from an homage to Jelly Roll Morton.

I recorded this as a duo with John Renbourn, on my 1989 CD A Thousand Words. John played a counter-melody that was also on Mingus’s original recording, but I think the melody I play stands well enough of its own. I also transcribed my part of the variation John and I worked out, and filled this in somewhat to make it work better as a solo arrangement. John and I toured together quite a bit in those days and worked up a fair number of arrangements, but the three duo tracks on A Thousand Words are the only studio recordings we ever made.

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The You And Me That Used To Be

The You And Me That Used To Be

Sheet music – PDF download, 3 1/2 pages

Intermediate advanced level

MP3 guide track included with download

 

This great song was a modest success for the songwriting team of Walter Bullock and Allie Wrubel in the late ’30s, and was recorded by several popular big bands. It didn’t seem to catch on as much with the best jazz bands, though we do have a terrific live 1937 recording by the Count Basie Orchestra, featuring Jimmy Rushing on vocals. The most memorable version is surely the one Rushing maxed in 1971 as the title track of his last record. Few artists have left the stage in better style. I recorded this on the second record I made with the singer Molly Andrews, The Moving Business, and have written out a fairly close transcription of what I played on the record, including the improvised solo. It works fine as an instrumental, though I must say that audiences really love the charming lyrics, which so strongly evoked an earlier time even in the 1930s.

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There’ll Be Some Changes Made

There’ll Be Some Changes Made

Sheet music – PDF download, 2 pages

Intermediate advanced level

MP3 guide track included with download

 

This song was written in 1921 by Benton Overstreet and Billy Higgins, and recorded that year by Ethel Waters, achieving immediate success which it has maintained over the years as a jazz and pop standard. Both Overstreet and Higgins made their reputations as performers of various African American styles in the years leading up the the jazz age, while Waters was at the very beginning of her career as a mega-star when she recorded the song. Among the dozens of memorable recordings that followed we might mention those by Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, Bob Wills, Peggy Lee, and Billie Holiday.

The harmonics in the bass line of the first 8 measures here take some getting used to, but once that is done that part of the arrangement is not very difficult. It is interesting in that the harmonics pitch the bass line higher than the melody in a couple of places, but students may find the reliance on barre chords to be the most challenging part of the arrangement, not because they are actually difficult but they may make the fretting hand tired. At least when it is learned, one doesn’t have to hold those positions so long!

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Swing tunes IV (bundle)

These transcriptions are offered for £15, rather than the £20 that five individual transcriptions would cost.
The five arrangements included are:

Blue Skies
Charleston
Mr. Jelly Roll Soul
The You And Me That Used To Be
There’ll Be Some Changes Made

All of the arrangements have been written in standard musical notation as well as guitar tablature, and come with an MP3 midi recording that gives an accurate idea of what the arrangement should sound like.

 

Blue Skies
2 pages – intermediate advanced level

One of Irving Berlin’s most popular songs, “Blue Skies” was written in 1926 for a musical called “Betsy.” The show was poorly received and quickly forgotten, but this song was an immediate success and has never gone out of favor. It’s pretty much the standard for this type of chord progression, working from the minor chord through the minor major 7th, the minor 7th, and on down chromatically, resolving on the relative major. I think I learned it from a Chick Webb record, but it’s the kind of song that people my age would have heard often enough growing up for it to have always been familiar. I have performed this arrangement fairly often over the years, especially with other musicians, but I have never recorded it.

Charleston
3 1/2 pages – intermediate level

This is an enormously famous song and another one everyone my age grew up knowing, and it was written by great stride pianist James P. Johnson, yet it is doesn’t seem to get as many performances from jazz musicians as one might expect. Johnson wrote it for a show called “Runnin’ Wild” in 1923, and it enjoyed enormous popularity during the jazz age, hardly surprising considering the fact that the dance associated with the song was so strongly linked with the era. In any case it’s a particularly fun tune to play, and this arrangement is not very difficult. My recording of it was part of a medley with a much less famous song called “Charleston Mad”, which I recorded on a demo tape in 1973. The demo led to a record deal the following year, but I didn’t sing on my first couple of LP’s, and by the time I was including vocals on my records I had newer arrangements I wanted to include. The demo recording was eventually released in 2018, however, on the Tompkins Square record called Les Blues Du Richmond.

This arrangement predates the time when I was really playing swing, and doesn’t use many of the kinds of chord shapes I would learn after I moved to San Francisco in late 1973. So it may be more approachable for folk/blues/ragtime players than some of my other swing arrangements. I only changed a few things from the recorded version, especially the ending (on the recording, it just goes to the other song).

Mr. Jelly Roll Soul
2 1/2 pages – intermediate advanced level

“Mr. Jelly Roll Soul” was written by the great Charles Mingus for his 1959 record Blues And Roots, but it was a departure from Mingus’s usual writing style. Both the original version and this arrangement are more about earlier jazz styles than modern jazz, as we might expect from an homage to Jelly Roll Morton.

I recorded this as a duo with John Renbourn, on my 1989 CD A Thousand Words. John played a counter-melody that was also on Mingus’s original recording, but I think the melody I play stands well enough of its own. I also transcribed my part of the variation John and I worked out, and filled this in somewhat to make it work better as a solo arrangement. John and I toured together quite a bit in those days and worked up a fair number of arrangements, but the three duo tracks on A Thousand Words are the only studio recordings we ever made.

The You And Me That Used To Be
3 1/2 pages – intermediate advanced level

This great song was a modest success for the songwriting team of Walter Bullock and Allie Wrubel in the late ’30s, and was recorded by several popular big bands. It didn’t seem to catch on as much with the best jazz bands, though we do have a terrific live 1937 recording by the Count Basie Orchestra, featuring Jimmy Rushing on vocals. The most memorable version is surely the one Rushing maxed in 1971 as the title track of his last record. Few artists have left the stage in better style. I recorded this on the second record I made with the singer Molly Andrews, The Moving Business, and have written out a fairly close transcription of what I played on the record, including the improvised solo. It works fine as an instrumental, though I must say that audiences really love the charming lyrics, which so strongly evoked an earlier time even in the 1930s.

There’ll Be Some Changes Made
2 pages – intermediate advanced level

This song was written in 1921 by Benton Overstreet and Billy Higgins, and recorded that year by Ethel Waters, achieving immediate success which it has maintained over the years as a jazz and pop standard. Both Overstreet and Higgins made their reputations as performers of various African American styles in the years leading up the the jazz age, while Waters was at the very beginning of her career as a mega-star when she recorded the song. Among the dozens of memorable recordings that followed we might mention those by Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, Bob Wills, Peggy Lee, and Billie Holiday.

The harmonics in the bass line of the first 8 measures here take some getting used to, but once that is done that part of the arrangement is not very difficult. It is interesting in that the harmonics pitch the bass line higher than the melody in a couple of places, but students may find the reliance on barre chords to be the most challenging part of the arrangement, not because they are actually difficult but they may make the fretting hand tired. At least when it is learned, one doesn’t have to hold those positions so long!

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I’m Coming Virginia

Rare and Previously Unissued Swing Guitar Solos

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Kit’s Waltz

Sheet Music, PDF Download, 2 1/4 pages, advanced level
MP3 is included with purchase

This gorgeous tune was written by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien and named for his wife, when both of them were around 20 years old. Duck learned it when he was seeing a lot of Tim and Kit in the mid to late 1970s. He recorded his solo version for Kicking Mule records at the time but it was not released until 1987 when Stefan Grossman released a limited-edition cassette called Both Sides. Baker recorded another version for the 2017 record The Preacher’s Son, and eventually the original version was released on a collection of early recordings called Plymouth Rock in 2019. When transcribing the piece, Duck Baker decided to notate the solo he improvised on the original recording, and since the transcription follows that version so closely it made sense to include an mp3 of that track, rather than a midi version.

This is played in the key of C and involves positions near the beginning the feature a considerable stretch, since the middle G note features in both the melody and the bass line; playing the note on different strings helps to separate the voices in the listener’s ear. Using a capo on the second fret or even higher can make the stretches easier. The B section is also a challenge for students not used to to playing arrangements that feature three voices (melody, bass, and middle).

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Lonesome Moonlight Waltz

Sheet Music, PDF Download, 3 pages, advanced level
MP3 guide track is included with purchase

Duck Baker recorded a duo version of this with Dave Hull on their 2011 record When You Ask A Girl To Leave Her Happy Home, though that arrangement depended on both guitarists playing different harmony parts, and Duck used a high-strung piccolo guitar in standard tuning. Dave played the melody for the B part, and in the course of arranging that section for solo guitar, Baker decided that drop-D made more sense, and was able to transpose his own part for the A section with minimal changes. Since there is no recording of him playing this solo, we are including the midi version generated by Sibelius.

“Lonesome Moonlight” was written by Bill Monroe, so it is hardly surprisng that it is a standard tune in the bluegrass world. Daddy Bill first recorded it in 1964, and his longtime fiddler Kenny Baker waxed one of the most memorable versions a decade later, with Monroe on mandolin.

This is an advanced arrangement, and it takes time to get the notes to ring out clearly, especially on the passages fretted up the neck, but it’s worth a bit of trouble to get a tune this pretty to sound as nice as it can on the instrument.

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Midnight On The Water

Sheet Music, PDF Download, 2 1/2 pages, advanced level
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Over the last few decades “Midnight On The Water” has become one of the most widely performed of all American waltz tunes, and it’s easy to see why. It comes from the repertoire of the great Texas fiddler Benny Thomasson, who recorded it on his first solo LP in 1970, at which point he was in his sixties. The tune was written by Thomasson’s father, possibly with an assist from his uncle, which dates it back to the early part of the last century. By the end of the 1970s “Midnight” had become a huge favorite with not only fiddlers but other instrumentalists, bands, listeners, and dancers. Duck Baker learned it from fiddler Frank Ferrel around 1977.

The version heard here is based on the recording heard on Baker’s 2009 CD The Roots And Branches Of American Music, and again he transcribed his playing fairly closely from an edited version of the recording. This is an advanced arrangement that makes frequent use of embellishments, but the parts that students should focus on are less obvious, like the need for the two D notes played together below the melody in the middle of the first 3 measures of the B section to ring out while the other notes are played. Once the left ring finger is in position for the D on the fifth string on the 2nd beat of that first measure, it needs to stay there until the note changes on the 3rd beat of the 3rd measure. Of course that note is picked with the right index finger, which also comes into play for the 1st 3 measures of the AA variation. That eighth note bass line flows along much more nicely if the index finger alternates with the thumb there, with the thumb playing the notes that are on the beat and the index finger playing those between the beats. This is not terribly difficult, especially in the first 2 bars there, but it takes getting used to, especially when the melody also features eighth notes, as happens in the 3rd measure.

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Fiddle Waltzes bundle

Fiddle Tune Waltzes bundle

File size: 10.74 MB

Sheet music – PDF download
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Three waltzes from the Old Time/Bluegrass repertoire that fiddlers play. Of the dozens of American fiddle tunes Duck Baker has arranged for guitar, these are the only waltzes he has recorded. It’s not that Baker has any aversion to the tempo; he plays lots of jazz tunes in 3/4 and has composed dozens of originals in waltz time. But the waltzes in the American fiddle repertoire tend to be sweetly sentimental tunes, and it’s hard to not make them sound sugary on the guitar, in Baker’s view.

The newly added tunes are “Kit’s Waltz” (from the 2019 release Plymouth Rock), “Midnight On The Water” (The Roots And Branches Of American Music, 2009), and “Lonesome Moonlight Waltz” (the 2011 record with Dakota Dave Hull When You Ask A Girl To Leave Her Happy Home)

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Bemsha Swing

Sheet Music, PDF Download, 2 1/4 pages, advanced level
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Monk’s first recording of this great little tune was on a 1952 trio date for Prestige, which was followed by two more classic studio versions, the Miles Davis Jazz Giants 1954 session, and the his own 1956 quintet recording for Riverside, Brilliant Corners. Duck Baker has written out three ways to play the melody, all of which keep the original bass line going (tranposing the piece to the key of A was basic for this). The first has the melody pitched low, starting on A on the 3rd string, 2nd fret, and the second is an octave higher. The third pass adds middle voicings, including a nice bend up to the major 3rd. Because the Sibelius midi rendering of this gave no idea of what it actually sounds like, the MP3 guide track included here splices the midi version to a short excerpt of Baker’s recording on Duck Baker Plays Monk. It wasn’t possible to use an edited version of that track for the first two versions of the melody because the interpretation of the first section was so free on the record.

That bend, which first appears at bar 33, may represent the biggest technical challenge in this arrangement, though there are a few other stretches and odd shapes along the way as way. Baker himself uses the thumb to fret all the F and F# bass notes except for the F in the Bb chord (bars 31-32, 47-48), and this certainly simplifies things greatly, especially the F# just after the bend. Another passage to give attention to comes at the transition from bar 35 to bar 36, where the index finger must hold the A on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string while the middle finger moves to the 2nd fret of the 5th string and the ring finger goes to the 3rd fret of the 4th.

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Light Blue

Sheet Music, PDF Download, 3 pages, advanced level
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A curious fact about this fascinating composition is that Monk’s only studio version of it was not released until 2017 (on Les Liaisons Dangereuses), though at least ten live versions have been appeared on record over the years. Probably the best known version remains the first to be released, which was recorded at the Five Spot in New York with the great Johnny Griffin on tenor. The tune represents an odd challenge for improvisers in seeming at first to be in the key of F and then in C. Duck Baker based his version on an arrangement by his friend Michele Calgaro. Because it is a short tune, he decided to transcribe two improvised choruses, but rather than use his recorded version opted to transcribe the first two choruses from the live performance at The Bop Shop in Rochester, NY in 2018 (which can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlO1YspDhn0, the transcribed part beginning at the 2:02 mark). These choruses are much easier and more useful for students than the more abstract solo on Duck Baker Plays Monk. A few very minor changes were made for the transcription, just to make it more approachable for students.

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Round About Midnight

Sheet Music, PDF Download, 4 pages, advanced level
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Monk’s most famous composition, “Round Midnight” was first recorded by Cootie Williams’ Orchestra in 1944, with Monk’s close friend Bud Powell on piano. A private recording made later that year of a solo version by the composer was issued in 2015, and Monk recorded it for Blue Note with a quintet in 1947. It is been recorded thousands of times since, and many guitarists have transposed it from Eb minor to E minor, as Duck Baker does in this arrangement. This is a demanding arrangement in many ways, involving some tricky bends and challenging stretches, but at least the slow tempo gives students plenty of time to change hand positions. One chord shape that definitely requires attention if students don’t already know it the complex E minor chord at the end of the coda, which includes the 6th, 9th, and major 7th. This involves making a half-barre on the 4th fret of 3rd, 4th, and 5th strings with the middle finger and putting the ring finger next to it on the 4th fret of the 2nd string. Meanwhile the index finger holds the 2nd fret of the high string and the little finger is on the 5th fret of the 4th.

We also need to give attention to bar 36, in the B section, not because it’s very difficult but just to be sure that the 12th fret harmonic notes on the 2nd and 3rd strings ring through when we play the note voiced under them on the 5th and 6th strings. And do note that, in bar 41, we want to hold G on the 5th fret of the 4th string as part of the Am13 chord that follows, and also, if possible, the G# on the 11th fret of the A string as part of the the G#M7th chord that follows that (this would involve fretting with the thumb). Another passage that is not difficult is also worth mentioning, because it requires a technique some students may not have used before. This comes at measure 44. After playing the notes we find with the common B7 barre chord on the 7th fret, we need to tap the fret that’s 12 frets higher on the bass string with our right index finger to sound the harmonic there. As is always true with harmonics, we are not pushing the string down into the fretboard there, but tapping the string right above the fret itself. 

The mp3 accompanying this transcription is a midi version generated by Sibelius, and allowances should be made for the weird way that program interprets the sound of bends.

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Portrait Of Ucha

Sheet Music, PDF Download, 3 1/4 pages, advanced level
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Herbie Nichols recorded this compelling tune on his Bethlehem record Love, Gloom, Cash, Love. When Duck Baker arranged it for guitar, he asked Roswell Rudd, who had played with Nichols and studied his music at depth, who or what “Ucha” was. Roswell laughed and replied that she was “a really crazy lady” whom Herbie “never really got over”. Armed with that information and the knowledge that Nichols was deeply into the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Duck Baker decided to use a bass line to bring what Morton called “the Spanish tinge” into Herbie’s portrait of his crazy lady. This is an advanced arrangement but the most difficult passages probably come in the first few measures, and do at least involve stretches from a familiar shape, the basic G minor barre chord.

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2300 Skiddoo

Sheet Music, PDF Download, 3 pages, advanced level
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This is one of Herbie Nichols’ most delicious compositions, and one of the most perplexing in a way, because the harmonic structure is so much more complex than one would suppose from just listening to it. One thing that’s serendipitous about arranging it for guitar is the fact that the last repeated phrase we find at bars 31-33 works well in the key of E on the high string, and playing it in E also gives us the E7#9 shape familiar not only the jazz guitarists but blues and rock players, who associate it with Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”. Much of the rest of the arrangement works out of shapes familiar to jazz guitarists as well. The passage at the end of A3 noted above is probably the one that requires the most attention, along with bar 30, just before it. Duck Baker would definitely use the thumb to fret the low F we see in the repeated passage, as using the index finger is impossible as the passage is written; it is being used for the pull-off on the high string. Players who really can’t use the thumb should probably change the pull-off from the second fret of the high string to the first to a slide so that the last pull-off to the open-high string is made with the middle finger, thus allowing time for the index finger to get over for the F on the bass string.

The midi mp3 generated by Sibelius was insufficient for a guide track here, so we are including an edited version of the performance on Baker’s recording of Nichols tunes, Spinning Song.

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0017 – Freight Train

Sheet Music – PDF Download, 2 pages, beginner-intermediate level

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This is one of the most celebrated of fingerpicking numbers, written by Elizabeth Cotten, who played it with only the thumb and index finger, but with the guitar strung upside-down, so that the thumb picked the melody notes and the index played the bass. Needless to say, that is not the way to play this version, which is pretty simple. There is also a variation, which will help the student get used to syncopating melodies in a basic way.

There is a recording of my playing a more complex version of this one on Northern Skies, Southern Blues (a duo record with Stefan Grossman).

Duck Baker

  

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I’m Not Turning Backward

Title: I’m Not Turning Backward

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From the Album: The Moving Business

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Deja Vouty Music Book

Guitar Music and tablature for all the arrangements which are on the CD Deja Vouty

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Outside

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Tracks: 18
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File size: 165 MB

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Sweet Lorraine

Sheet Music – PDF Download 3 pages, advanced level

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“Sweet Lorraine” is a superior pop song from the late 1920’s, often associated with Nat King Cole, who scored one of his earliest and biggest hits with it in 1940. But it was already a jazz standard by then, having been previously waxed by such stalwarts as Jimmy Noone, Teddy Wilson, and Sidney Bechet, among others. The arrangement here owes a bit to John Mehegan’s interpretation of the progression.

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When You Wore A Tulip (2019 re-issue) CD

Format: Audio CD

Originally released in 1977

Re-released: 2019

Complete 1977 album with additional material

 

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My Heart Belongs To Jenny

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Tracks: 16
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Blackberry Blossom / June Apple

Title: Blackberry Blossom / June Apple

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From the Album: The Moving Business

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0042 – The Wreck of Old 97

Sheet Music – PDF Download

Title: The Wreck of Old 97, 2 pages, intermediate level

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This famous song is one of the real classics of early Country music. When I was younger, I always wondered how a song that described such an awful tragedy could have such a happy melody. But that was before I ever saw Danville, Virginia; after I did I figured that the train wreck was probably one of the nicer things that ever happened there.

In any case I played this one quite a lot in my early years, and really enjoyed improvising on its basic, 3-chord progression. I also used to use the variation here (which is a direct application of one of the patterns in the “Basic Patterns” PDF on this page) as a warm-up exercise. And I recorded it on my first record, There’s Something For Everyone in America, back in 1975.

 

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Deja Vouty Music Book and MP3

Get the Deja Vouty Music Book for only £8 when purchased together with the MP3 download of the complete album.

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There’s Something For Everyone In America

Format: Audio CD

Originally released in 1975

Re-released: 2008

Includes tab/music PDF booklet on CD

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Sweet Georgia Brown

Sheet music – PDF download, 4 pages, intermediate advanced level

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Surely this great standard was among the first swing tunes I arranged, all the way back in the 1960s, and it has been in my repertoire ever since, though I have never put it on a record, except as a duo with Dale Miller on his 1982 LP, Wild Over Me. I think the omission owes to how popular it has always been with guitarists. This transcription includes the basic arrangement I have always played as well as a variation that I have used mostly when playing with other musicians.

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Les Blues Du Richmond

Demos and Outtakes 1973 – 1979

Format: Audio CD

Released in 2018

 

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0019 – My Grandfather’s Clock

Sheet Music – PDF Download, 4 1/2 pages, beginner-intermediate level

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This is another tune that most fingerpickers learned in the 60’s, and I don’t even remember where I got it. From some other youngster who hung around coffeehouses in Richmond, Virginia, I am sure of that much. My Dad always really liked this one, and I can remember him singing it and strumming the guitar.

I did eventually record my version, on a recording that was released in Germany in the 1980’s, You Can’t Take The Country Out Of The Boy.

Duck Baker

  

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Snow Dove

Title: Snow Dove

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From the Album: American Traditional

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Nottamun Town

Title: Nottamun Town

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From the Album: The Moving Business

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The Fairy Queen

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Duck Baker And Kieran Fahy

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Susie

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Bix Beiderbecke is a unique and significant figure in early jazz history, owing to his ability to inject a sort of wistful sorrow into the gayest of melodies. His tone on the cornet was heartbreakingly sweet and his phrasing very modern for the time, foreshadowing the advances Lester Young would make in the 1930s (though Young credited Bix’s associate, Frankie Trumbauer, as his inspiration, the latter owed much stylistically to Bix). Beiderbecke was a perfect icon for the jazz age, brilliant but otherwordly, and doomed to an early death, largely brought on by his taste for bathtub gin. “Susie” was a typical pop song of the era which would no doubt have been forgotten long ago had Bix not recorded it in 1924 while a member of the Wolverine Orchestra. Classic jazz aficionados were much more enthralled with “Riverboat Shuffle,” the flip side of the 78 that featured “Susie,” for several reasons. One is that this was Hoagy Carmichael’s first composition and recorded credit, and another is that Bix played a wonderful solo on “Shuffle” and none on “Susie.” But the tune has an irresistible charm that translates well for fingerstyle guitar.

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Planxty Irwin / The Lark in the Morning

Title: Planxty Irwin / The Lark in the Morning

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Deep River

Title: Deep River

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0041 – Hard Times

Sheet Music – PDF Download, 1 1/4 pages, intermediate level

Title: Hard Times

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“Hard Times” is Stephen Foster, of course, and much performed nowadays. But what is somewhat forgotten is that it owes much of its contemporary currency to a 1981 record of the same name by that exemplary revivalist string band, The Red Clay Ramblers. It is supposed to be only one of two tunes that Foster based on a song he actually heard an African American singing (in some working situation, as I recall). He wasn’t in a position to really learn the song he heard, and no one has ever figured out what that might have been, but the melody haunted him and he used it to carry one of his best lyrics. What can’t be denied is that this piece of African American folksong certainly sounds Scottish, at least until we hit the diminished chord in the B part. Of course it is no secret that the various strains that went into the mix when American music was evolving all influenced each other profoundly.

 

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The Salutation

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The Fairy Queen

Format: Audio CD

Year: 1999

Duck Baker And Kieran Fahy

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Old Fashioned Love

Sheet Music – PDF Download 4 pages, advanced level

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“Old Fashioned Love” is one of the best known and most durable of all James P. Johnson songs. We remember Johnson is the dean of the Harlem “stride” pianists of the late ragtime and early jazz era, and as mentor to Fats Waller. He was also a wonderful accompanist whose playing enhanced the recordings of many an early blues singer, most notably Bessie Smith, and he wrote every kind of music from piano rags to show tunes to symphonic works. “Old Fashioned Love” was published in 1923 and became an overnight success with jazz, pop, and blues singers. Bob Wills imported it into the world of Western Swing and Country in 1935 and recordings by the likes of Cliff Bruner and Roy Acuff soon followed. Though Duck Baker never recorded it until 2004, it was in his repertoire from the late 1960s on, and has been covered by many other guitarists as well. It’s what you call a “standard.”

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0020 – Holding Pattern

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This 24-bar blues was written on a spring evening of 1977, in Lexington, KY, while stopping over with friends en route from New Orleans to Minneapolis. It was conceived as sort of a rhythmic etude that gets into the relationship between 3/4 and 6/8, that can been seen in bars 17-20. Though these are written in 3/4 here, the pattern used is really a 6/8 pattern, but the fact that it is played in swing rhythm means that the 3/4 pulse is maintained. It should be stressed that the last measure utlizes the same pattern but is played in straight time.

In performance there is improvisation in 3/4 and even in 4/4, for good measure, as can be heard on the recording of the piece that appeared on “Opening the Eyes of Love.” But the basic pattern is useful on its own for beginner/intermediate students, both for the rhythmic part and even more for getting used to right hand techniques where the index, middle, and ring fingers don’t all play strings that are right next to one another.

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0035 – Sweet-and-Lovely

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Ducks on the Pond

Title: Ducks on the Pond

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From the Album: American Traditional

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High On A Mountain / Poll Ha’penny

Title: High On A Mountain / Poll Ha’penny

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From the Album: The Moving Business

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Pareto Sketches

A 2-CD set of Duck Baker tunes, featuring solo and duo performances by Duck Baker and 5 Italian musicians

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Jitterbug Waltz

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Written in 1942, Fat’s Waller’s “Jitterbug Waltz” is generally regarded as the first true jazz waltz. I have never recorded a solo version of it, but Jamie Findlay and I included it on our 2001 duo record, Out of the Past. At that point my basic arrangement underwent a fair bit of modernization, and what I have transcribed includes many of the ideas that Jamie and I worked up.

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0012 – Battle Cry of Freedom

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This Civil War Song has proven very durable over the years, often played by marching bands and popular in Hollywood soundtracks, or sung by folksingers. Here it is treated as a slow air with 3-part harmony. There are some unusual chord shapes and some pretty big stretches, but the slow tempo should bring it within the reach of intermediate players. Duck has recorded it twice, most notably as “Rally Round the Flag” on the record he made with Dave Hull, “When You Ask a Girl To Leave Her Happy Home.”

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Moonshiner

Title: Moonshiner

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From the Album: American Traditional

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The March Of The King Of Laois

Title: The March Of The King Of Laois

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From the Album: The Moving Business

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If Someone Would Only Love Me

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1930 was a busy year in terms of recording for Jelly Roll Morton. He was in the studios on six separate occasions as a leader and twice more as a sideman. “If Someone Would Only Love Me” is from the first of these sessions and he only recorded it once. This is not surprising since his recording career came to a near-complete halt from 1931 until 1938, and most of the later recordings involved revisiting earlier material. Few would argue in any case that this pop song is among Morton’s most memorable works, but it is an excellent and very memorable tune for all that. Duck Baker worked up his arrangement early in his own career, and there is a short studio recording from the 1970s that has yet to be issued.

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The Clear Blue Sky

Format: Audio CD

Year: 1995

 

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0033 – Straight No Chaser

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Thelonious Monk first recorded “Straight, No Chaser” in 1951, and kept in in his book for the rest of his career, which lead to a couple of dozen further recordings, mostly live. It’s popularity among jazz musicians was greatly enhanced when Miles Davis recorded it in 1958; any time Miles covered Monk, the rest of the jazz world soon followed. Obviously, since it’s a 12-bar blues tune, it is not one of Monk’s more challenging progressions in any case.

I learned the melody of “Straight, No Chaser” from Davy Graham in about 1980, but didn’t really come up with this arrangement until 10 or 12 years later. It lies well in the key of A, always a great blues key, especially for getting those recurring middle voicing notes on the 4th string.

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Robinson County / Peacock Rag

Title: Robinson County / Peacock Rag

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From the Album: American Traditional

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Leavin’ Home

Title: Leavin’ Home

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From the Album: The Moving Business

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I’m In Love All Over Again

Sheet Music – PDF Download 3 pages, advanced level

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“I’m In Love All Over Again” is another number Duck Baker was playing for many years before recording it (for The Preacher’s Son, in 2010, though it wasn’t released until 2017). For most of that time he didn’t even know the title, because it was listed incorrectly (as “She’s Crying For Me”) on the LP he learned if from. It was recorded by trumpeter Wingy Manone in 1935, and it turns out that this was shortly after it was sung by a young Ann Sothern in a film called Hooray For Love. As it happens, this film is remembered by jazz fans, not for Sothern or this song, but for a brief appearances by Fats Waller and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Despite it’s obscurity, “I’m In Love All Over Again” is a very strong and memorable tune, and lots of fun to play.

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The County Set

Year: 2016

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File size: 159MB

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The Art Of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar

Format: Audio CD

Year: 1979

The Art of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar is an album that was released in 1979. It was reissued in 1994 by Shanachie Records with six bonus tracks.

 

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A Pretty Fair Miss

Title: A Pretty Fair Miss

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From the Album: American Traditional

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Where The Morning Glories Grow

Title: Where The Morning Glories Grow

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From the Album: The Moving Business

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Out Of The Past

Format: Audio CD

Year: 2001

Duck Baker & Jamie Findlay

 

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I Found A New Baby

Sheet music PDF download, 3 pages, advanced level

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This great song was written in the mid-1920s and quickly became a standard for pop and jazz performers. I learned it playing with swing/trad jazz bands in the 1970’s and arranged it based on on the original 1926 recording by Clarence Williams’ Blue Five. Most contemporary versions are instrumental and omit the verse, which in this case is a real pity as it’s superior both musically and in terms of lyrics. I recorded this version on my third LP, The King of Bongo Bong, and anyone wanting to hear my version can find that record as a download or as a CD, elsewhere on this site. The individual track is also available as an MP3.

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0031 – St Thomas

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This traditional tune was made famous in the jazz world under the title “St. Thomas” by Sonny Rollins, in 1956, but while he usually gets’ composer credit, Rollins always said that he learned it from his mother. The song was well known as a nursery song called “Fire Down There” in her native Virgin Islands, and the first jazz version of it was recorded under this title by pianist Randy Weston, in 1955. 

The idea of playing this lively tune in drop-D tuning in a style reminiscent of Joseph Spence has suggested itself to many guitarists. John Miller seems to have been the first to record an arrangement along these lines, on his 1974 LP How About Me.

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Mother’s Advice

Title: Mothers’s Advice

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From the Album: American Traditional

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Searching For Lambs

Title: Searching For Lambs

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From the Album: The Moving Business

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Honeysuckle Rose

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This is one of Fats Waller’s best songs, and probably the one that gets played most often, especially by jazz musicians. I learned it when I was really focused on swing jazz in the mid-1970s, and used to play it with my friend Thom Keats all the time. The variation is lifted from Django Reinhardt, and it is played in the original key of F. This arrangement depends much more on barre chords than is usual for me. I first recorded it on my second Kicking Mule Record, When You Wore A Tulip, and revisited it as a duo with Will Bernard on Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans, in 2004. Another early solo version is included on the 2019 release Plymouth Rock. The version here conforms mostly to my early arrangement, with one or two ideas from the later version included in the variation.

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The Guitar Trio in Calgary 1977 – CD

Eugene Chadbourne with Duck Baker and Randy Hutton

The Guitar Trio in Calgary 1977 (February 27)

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0014 – Buddy Bolden’s Blues

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Cornetist Buddy Bolden is remembered as the first real jazzman, and though we have no recordings of him, we know that his influence on the development of New Orleans Jazz was enormous. This tune was in his band’s repertoire, and was supposedly written by his trombonist, Willy Cornish. It was somehow picked up by a young ragtime composer from Missouri named Theron C. Bennet, who used the tune as the opening strain of a rag called “St. Louis Tickle,” which was one of the hits of the 1904 world’s fair. Nearly 50 years after it was published, Dave Van Ronk arranged it for guitar, the first arrangement of a classic rag for solo guitar, so far as I know. And it was Dave’s version that I heard a local musician named Rick Richardson cover in a coffeehouse in Richmond, Virginia when I was a teenager, in around 1964. It made a huge impression on me because I had never seen anyone play a real fingerpicking solo before, and I figured out a simple way to play it shortly after that. But at some point I went back to the versions of “Buddy Bolden’s Blues” that Jelly Roll Morton recorded in the 1930’s (though of course he learned it when it was current in New Orleans), and modelled my version much more closely on how Morton harmonised it (especially in bar 7). My version can be heard on  The Roots And Branches of American Music.

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Yellow Billed Magpie

Title: Yellow Billed Magpie

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From the Album: American Traditional

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River Blues

Title: River Blues

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From the Album: The Moving Business

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Opening the Eyes of Love

Format: Audio CD

Year: 1993

 

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0015 – Doing the New Lowdown

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Doing the New Lowdown

I learned to play swing after I moved to San Francisco in 1973. In fact I remember that, one the way across country, I stopped off in Boulder, Colorado to stay with my friend Dan McCorison, who was living there and playing in a great western swing band, Dusty Drapes and his Dusters, and that Dan and I visited the other guitarist in that band, Don DeBacker, and we tried to jam on Django’s “Swing 42” from the progression in a book. Not long after landing in SF, I met Thom Keats, who was looking for someone to play swing with. Thom showed me the basics of swing chording and we formed a duo, eventually working up something like a hundred tunes while playing in little places around town for tips, most memorably The Green Earth on Market Street. At some point horn players started sitting it with us, then taking us around to hear and sit in with other Bay Area trad and swing jazz players. Eventually the two of us would get hired by some of these guys when there was no piano at a gig. I first heard “Doing the New Lowdown” when we drove out and sat in with a ad hoc group lead by pianist Ray Shelbred and the wonderful cornetist Jim Goodwin, and this tune was called, so I just followed along. They were calling themselves the Port Costa Yetti Chasers, as I recall. Around this time, these older musicians got Thom and I interested in the great Argentinian guitarist, Oscar Alemen, and I probably learned the melody off of his recording of it.

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0029 – Out of the Past

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“Out Of The Past” is one of the prettiest of all Benny Golson compositions, which is why it quickly became a jazz standard after Golson and Dizzy Gillespie both waxed versions of it in 1957. The spare interpretation of the melody heard here was inspired by the version Art Farmer recorded with Tommy Flanagan in 1960.

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Coffee for Three

Format: Audio CD

Year: 2019

Duck Baker Quartet:

Duck Baker – Guitar
Alex Ward – Clarinet
John Edwards – Bass
Steve Noble – Drums

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0038 – Way Down Yonder in New Orleans

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Way Down Yonder in New Orleans  

This is one of those songs that is so well known that I knew it long before I started playing the guitar. It was a hit for Freddy Cannon in 1960 but everybody already knew it from the previous generation of pop singers. Interestingly, it was written by a fellow Richmond, Virginia native, the great African American songwriter Henry Creamer, and was featured in a Broadway musical called Spice of 1922. Notable swing-era hits were scored with it by Al Jolson and the Andrews Sisters.

I worked it up sometime in the 1970’s after I had been playing swing with Thom Keats and other San Francisco area musicians, and playing it with them in groups.

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Ms Right

Format: Audio CD

Year: 1997

 

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0039 – When I Grew Too Old To Dream

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I learned this from guitarist Pat Donohue in Denver in 1977, and do not remember having heard it before then. Later that year I toured Australia for the first and only time, and spent a memorable afternoon jamming with a young guitarist name of Tommy Emmanuel. Like me, he was very impressed with the harmonic progression that first occurs in bars 9-12, where the chords descend while the melody goes up. It was a long time after that before anyone outside of Aus know of Tommy, but of course he has made up for that in recent years. He started showing up at the annual convention of the Chet Atkins Apreciation Society in Nashville in the late 1990’s, when I was attending on an annual basis. So, the first year we were both there, I sought him out and tapped him on the shoulder as he was waiting in the wings to go onstage. He turned, saw me, grinned, and starting playing this tune just as we had done that afternoon in Sydney, just about 20 years earlier. I should mention that the version here is a little more involved than the way I played it back then; the ascending chords at the beginning, for example, were a later modification.

Funnily enough, Pat Donohue dropped it from his repertoire not very long after he showed it to me. But I’ve had fun with it ever since, playing it solo, and sometimes with the very fine west coast guitarist Bob Wilson, who worked out a second part.

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Kid On The Mountain

Format: Audio CD

Originally released in 1980

Re-issued: 1999

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0023 – Idaho

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This tune was written by the great Jesse Stone, whose career began in the 1920’s, and continued through the swing era and the birth of the R&B jump style. But he found his biggest success when early rock-and-rollers like Bill Haley started covering R&B songs like “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” Stone was in his mid-50’s when Haley waxed that one, and the list of songs he wrote or co-wrote that became rock hits is fairly long. “Idaho” was a pretty big hit in its day, too, with both Benny Goodman and Guy Lombardo getting big sales from it during the war years.

The first version I remember hearing was on a great Bud Powell record called “Bud in Paris,” on which the pianist played it with tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin. Bud had recorded it with a quintet for Blue Note as well, but I didn’t hear that until later. In fact it has been covered only sporadically by modern jazz musicians, which is strange because it is an excellent vehicle. I had fun doing this one in a trio I played in with Tony Marcus and Bob Wilson in the 1990’s, and we even worked out a vocal trio, of which no recording is known to exist, fortunately. I’m not sure if Tony has ever forgiven me, to be honest.

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Opening the Eyes of Love

The Clear Blue Sky

Ms Right

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0026 – Limehouse Blues

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This old pop song seemed familiar to me the first time I ever heard a jazz version (by either Django Reinhardt or Sonny Rollins, as I recall). But maybe I heard swing versions on the radio as a kid, back before there was supposed to be any good music on the radio (ha!). It was written by Douglas Furber and Philip Braham for the London musical stage star, Gertrude Lawrence, in 1922, and has been popular ever since. Jazz musicians picked up on it early and have never tired of it. I started playing in when I was working in swing groups in San Francisco in the 1970’s, and had a solo version of it by the end of that decade, though it has evolved over the years.

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The King Of Bongo Bong

Format: Audio CD

Originally released in 1977

Re-released: 2010

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0024 – In Walked Bud

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One of Monk’s earliest composition, “In Walked Bud” was based on Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies” changes, and dedicated to Monk’s close friend, Bud Powell. Monk recorded it several times over the years, and was joined on the last occasion by vocalist Jon Hendricks, who added a memorable set of lyrics that only boosted the piece’s popularity among performing jazz musicians.

This version is in Em/G, and employs a quirky bass line for the A part that was inspired by the intro Eric Dolphy added to his version of “Green Dolphin Street.” The B shifts back to standard alternating bass lines.

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0025 – It Don’t Mean A Thing

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This Duke Ellington anthem is familiar to one and all, or should be, and I have no idea where I first heard it, though I started playing it in bands in the 1970’s. But I learned this version, which is very much based on Thelonious Monk’s version, from the great trombonist Roswell Rudd, with whom I have had the good fortune to work on an occasional basis since the late 1990’s. Ros showed my his chart for this when we were working on Monk tunes. He pointed out that it was the first tune Monk recorded for the Riverside label after he signed with them in 1955. Monk’s arrangement hinges on that Db chord at the beginning of the 4th measure, which sets up the wild harmonic substitutions of the next four bars. Wow!

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The Preacher’s Son

Format: Audio CD

Year: 2017

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0027 – Makin’ Whoopie

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Once again, I heard this song growing up, long before I started playing guitar, and started playing it in swing bands in San Francisco in the 1970’s. But I don’t remember working out a fingerstyle version until I worked it up as part of a trio arrangement when I played with Tony Marcus and Bob Wilson in the 1990’s. My solo version came after that. This one was written by one of the great songwriting teams of the golden era of American pop songs, Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson. It was popularised by Eddie Cantor in the 1928 musical Whoopee! and has been with us ever since. Bing Crosby recorded it in the year it was written, to be followed by Nat Cole, Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, and a host of others. Its silliness and charm are what made it a popular song, but that whimsical melody is carried along by a strong progression, and modern jazz musicians still like to play it.

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Spinning Song

Format: Audio CD

Year: 1996

Duck Baker plays the music of Herbie Nichols

(Japanese Import)

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0037 – Walking My Baby Back Home

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This familiar standard has always been associated in my mind with Maurice Chevalier’s corny but charming recording of it, and I worked this version up some time in about 1977. I remember a funny story about it, from those days. I was living in the States but coming to England regularly to tour both the UK and Europe, and to make records for Stefan Grossman’s Kicking Mule label, and would start the trip by staying with him at his house in Fulham. Very often there would be other musicians staying there, too, who were in London for the same reasons as I was, or just to visit. On one such occasion the great jazz/blues/R&B guitarist Mickey Baker was there when I arrived, and that night when the guitars came out and Stefan asked what I was working on, I played this arrangement. When I got to the coda, with that 9th chord shape that just moves chromatically from Eb down to Ab, Mickey said “What is THAT – your hand looks like a damn spider crawling down the neck!” and I had to laugh. “Hell, Mickey, I got it out of one of your books!” He looked closer and then said “Oh, THAT chord!” I teased him about that every time I saw him after that, which was nothing like often enough, unfortunately.

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Shades Of Blue

Format: Audio CD

Year: 2016

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0022 – I’ll See You In My Dreams

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This tune was given a very different treatment by the immortal Merle Travis, and his arrangement is among his best-loved by guitarists who play in the thumbpicking style Travis’s music epitomized. But I had yet to hear that version when I encountered a recording of the tune by Fletcher Henderson’s band, which featured the young Louis Armstrong, in 1925. I think this arrangement dates from the late 1970s, and may have marked the first time I had ever used the Drop-D tuning to play in any key apart from D and D minor. It is an unusual swing arrangement for me in that it is basically played straight, with no improvisation. But in fact, there isn’t very much improv on the Henderson recording, either. I recorded this on my third Kicking Mule record,  The King of Bongo Bong, and revisited it 25 years later, on Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans.

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The County Set

Format: Audio CD

Year: 2016

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0016 – For Dancers Only

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This great swing anthem was written by Sy Oliver for Jimmie Lunceford, who used it as the theme for his highly successful big band in the late 1930s and 1940s. Duck based his version on that of the great soul jazz pianist Junior Mance, who has recorded it many times over the years. Duck’s version can be heard on The Preacher’s Son, and there are a few videos of him playing it, on Youtube. 

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Deja Vouty

Format: Audio CD

Year: 2016

Duck Baker Trio:
Duck Baker – guitar, Alex Ward – clarinet, John Edwards – bass

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Outside

Format: Audio CD

Year: 2016

DUCK BAKER acoustic guitar solos

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0018 – Giant Steps

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“Giant Steps” is John Coltrane’s most famous composition, and one that quickly became a test piece for modern jazz musicians owing to its challenging chord progression, which moves by major thirds through three tonal centers, very quickly. In fact, one could say very quickly indeed, when referring to Coltrane’s classic 1960 recording, but fortunately this guitar arrangement sounds nice even at a much more relaxed tempo. Interestingly, it lies well on the instrument in the key of E. Though there are only 16 bars of music here, there is an awful lot of harmonic information to digest. Still, the most impressive thing about “Giant Steps” may be the fact that it is such a strong, simple melody, one that casual listeners would never identify as difficult.

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The Roots and Branches of American Music

Format: Audio CD

On The Roots and Branches of American Music Baker presents a solo program that includes everything from Irish dance tunes to modern jazz. There are ragtime tunes, old-timey fiddle tunes, and blues, gospel and swing, including three of Duck’s trademark vocals. This will be the most comprehensive Duck Baker record to date.

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Everything That Rises Must Converge

Format: Audio CD

Year: 2009

Free Jazz Guitar Solos

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Ducks Palace

Format: Audio CD

Year: 2009

Duck Baker meets some of the greats of free jazz and free improvised music in a series of live and impromptu duos and trios, featuring Derek Bailey, John Zorn, and Roswell Rudd.

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When You Ask A Girl To Leave Her Happy Home

Year: 2011

Duck Baker and Dakota Dave Hull, guitars

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The Salutation

Format: Audio CD

This collection of carols arranged for guitar solo brings together melodies that have had broad appeal through the ages. They were a spontaneous expression of musical joy that occurred over much of northern Europe in the fifteenth century, coinciding with the dawning of the modern age and the ending of the long medieval night. The selections include universal favorites, some tunes which are popular in their native lands and reasonably well-known elsewhere, and others which are unfamiliar even in their homelands.

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The Expatriate Game

Format: Audio CD

Year: 2005

Traditional Irish & American Music

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The Waltz Lesson

Format: Audio CD

Year: 2009

The Duck Baker Trio is Duck Baker (guitar) Alex Ward (clarinet) and Joe Williamson (bass)

This CD marks Duck’s first record leading a modern jazz group in a career stretching back over 30 years. The trio leans heavily on Baker’s original writing, which has been praised (and recorded) by such guitarists as John Renbourn and Leo Kottke. Clarinetist Ward is an agile improvisor and Joe Williamson an imaginative bassist with an old-school sound. Expect edgy, adventurous modern jazz that ranges from compositions by Charlie Parker to Thelonious Monk, Herbie Nichols and originals.

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Amnesia in Trastevere

Format: Audio CD

Year: 2011

Duck Baker Trio:

Duck Baker – Guitar
Alex Ward – Clarinet
Joe Williamson – Bass

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