Is there a fast version of _Summertime_?

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Is there a fast version of _Summertime_?

#1 Post by dnquark » Sun Jul 17, 2005 3:20 am

The only versions that I have seen were sub-100 bpm. Is there anything closer to the lindy range?.. (The fast portion of the Gene Harris version doesn't count :) )



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#2 Post by dancin_hanson » Sun Jul 17, 2005 9:32 am

There's a moderately fast version by Zoot Sims on "Zoot Sims and The Gershwin Brothers".

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#3 Post by muldae76 » Mon Jul 18, 2005 5:17 am

How about Keiko Lee's ?
I like her 'Summertime' but it's slow, too (105 bpm) :)

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#4 Post by Platypus » Mon Jul 18, 2005 9:06 am

Chris Connor "Chris Connor Sings the George Gershwin Almanac of Songs"...a slow medium jazzy version.

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#5 Post by Swifty » Mon Jul 18, 2005 11:12 am

This Earl Hines version (Budd Johnson on sax) bounces between 60bpm and 130bpm. It's got a bit of tempoless noodling at the beginning & end though.
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#6 Post by julius » Mon Jul 18, 2005 3:09 pm

I seem to recall Lambert Hendricks and Ross has a version that's, well, not fast, but not funereally slow either.

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#7 Post by sonofvu » Mon Jul 18, 2005 4:27 pm

It might be hard to find a fast version of that song what with the lazy theme and all.
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#8 Post by CafeSavoy » Mon Jul 18, 2005 9:56 pm

I'm not sure if there are any fast versions, but a few in the slow to medium slow range include:

Title artist album bpm length
Summertime (152) Connor, Chris Warm Cool The Atlantic Years ~ Disc 2 152 3:13
Summertime (145) ['63jul16] [C4] ~Sonny Stitt (ts,as) Blakey, Art A Jazz Message 4:44
Summertime (130) ['58jun24] [C3] Taylor, Billy Billy Taylor Touch,One for Fun 130 3:49
Summertime (128) ['63jul30] [BB] Rawls, Lou Great Gentlemen Of Song 128 3:28
Summertime (125) Mance, Junior Sweet and Lovely ['61] 125 4:15
Summertime (117) ~Ethel Innis (vcl) Betts, Keter Bass, Buddies, Blues & Beauty Too 117 4:59
Summertime (110) ['61jul] [CB] Williams, Joe Together, Have A Good Time (with Harry 'Sweets' Edison) 110 2:37
Summertime (108) ['57][BB] Staton, Dakota The Late, Late Show 108 2:10
Summertime (106) ['67jun] Three Sounds, The Live at the Lighthouse 106 4:58
Summertime (103) ['00may] Manuel, Phillip Love Happened To Me 103 4:28
Summertime (98) ['60dec13] Three Sounds, The The Best Of The Three Sounds 98 5:38
Summertime (86) ['39jun08] [C5] Port Of Harlem Seven The Port of Harlem Jazzmen (& Sidney Bechet) 86 4:12

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#9 Post by swing-o-logy » Sat Jul 23, 2005 2:03 pm

it`s not fast but it is soooooo groooovy:
"Summertime" by the Ravens - People here in Germany love it!

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#10 Post by ckn » Thu Jul 28, 2005 8:56 am

I really love the version from Sweet N' Jazzy - Album: Summertimes. ~ 125 bpm. There is one more version I played once from Lillie Huddleston same album. 200 bpm. I got the songs from iTunes, but now I cant find them anymore on there.

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#11 Post by zzzzoom » Wed Aug 03, 2005 7:32 am

Summertime (1939) by Jerry Kruger & her Orchestra (144bpm). Chronological Complementary Tracks. (listening to my ipod at work and that song just played)

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#12 Post by CafeSavoy » Wed Aug 03, 2005 8:13 am

zzzzoom wrote:Summertime (1939) by Jerry Kruger & her Orchestra (144bpm). Chronological Complementary Tracks. (listening to my ipod at work and that song just played)
hmm, i have that cd, will have to give that track a listen.

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#13 Post by junglekid » Thu Aug 04, 2005 6:50 am

Summertime by the Bill Potts Orchestra: 235 bpm

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#14 Post by Partytyme » Tue Aug 16, 2005 3:21 pm

Greetings All,

First post. So after I post this, I will do an introduction.

You might give a listen to a version from the 60s by Billy Stewart on Chess. It clocks in at a smooth 110 to 115. Got a bit of 'funky' type intro on some of the versions. I don't think the original 45 version did, but his greatest hits CD titled "One More Time" has the longer stereo version.

This song has been been a dance floor favorite in the Southeast US since it was issued. And still gets 'em up and going.

You may know some of Billy's other hit songs from the sixties like "I Do Love You" and "Sitting In The Park". Slow songs deluxe.

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#15 Post by IthoughtUknew » Wed Aug 17, 2005 11:04 pm

Please help me. :( This is the perfect topic for what I'm looking for. When I was a growing up I remember a faster version of Summertime but I don't remember who sang it. It would have been some time during the sixies maybe very early Seventies when I heard this song. One clue would be that it ended with "Little Darlin do not let a tear fall down from your eyes. Hey!" And then there was this drum roll... I think. Can someone please tell me who sang this version?