Best Recordings of... Dark Eyes / Ochi Chornya

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Best Recordings of... Dark Eyes / Ochi Chornya

#1 Post by Ryan » Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:43 am

zipthebird wrote:I love Dark Eyes.
The other thread reminded me how much I love this song. I like the Slam Stewart, Fats Waller, Jack Teagarden and Erroll Garner versions. Also love the Wingy Manone "Ochi Chornya" version.

What else is out there worth getting?

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#2 Post by Cyrano de Maniac » Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:17 am

Easy one. Twin Cities Hot Club, from their self-titled CD. First version I ever heard, and still my favorite. Clocks in right around 210 BPM, until the last 20 seconds or so when it builds up to 290.


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#3 Post by Eyeball » Thu Sep 06, 2007 10:03 am

Krupa Trio with Charlie Ventura had a hit on this in '45.

You need to see the Benny Goodman film HOLLYWOOD HOTEL. The Raymond Paige orchestra plays a 5 minute version of this with seemingly every known musical instrument ever invented - and a colossal vocal chorus. Even tosses in a section of marimbas. Stunning in some manner.
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#4 Post by fredo » Thu Sep 06, 2007 11:54 am

I don't have it (yet), but I know of a sweet version by Gunhild Carling.

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#5 Post by CMU Matt » Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:34 pm

The Gypsy Strings of Detroit has a live version of Dark Eyes on their first disc, "Jazz Le Hot." On their second outing, "Blue Drag," they play a studio version. Both of them melt my face off... of course, hearing them play it live in person is the best, haha.
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#6 Post by kitkat » Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:34 pm

Actually, get the Twin Cities Hot Club DVD "Live At The Times" if you want to hear them playing Dark Eyes even better. They'd been together longer at that point and even threw in a great trick.

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#7 Post by CafeSavoy » Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:14 pm

I think Don Byas has a decent version.