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#16 Post by Matthew » Mon Sep 29, 2003 7:59 am

Roy wrote:oops, i see my first post was a little confusing. I meant count to your 5th cd, track 5. Then count 5 more cd's in to your 10th cd track 5, 15th track 5, 20th, and 25th, cd.
Ah. That changes things a bit.

1. "In a Sentimental Mood" - Django Reinhardt
2. "It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie" - Billie Holiday
3. "Dance of the Gremlins" - Count Basie
4. "Bumble Bee Stomp" - Benny Goodman
5. "No Particular Place to Go" - Chuck Berry

Very interesting. Especially the Benny-Chuck connection.

From the back:

1. "Calypso King" - Atomic Fireballs
2. "Love Shack" - B-52's
3. "Tutti Frutti" - Little Richard
4. "A Hazy Shade of Winter" - Simon and Garfunkel
5. "Clap Hands! Here Comes Charlie" - Count Basie.

Somebody would have to pay me a lot of money to play that set.

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#17 Post by djstarr » Mon Sep 29, 2003 10:41 am

From front:

1. Five O'Clock Whistle - Ella Fitzgerald w/the Ink Spots; 75th Bday celebration (Decca) - 110 bpm
2. The Chant - Fletcher Henderson; Ken Burns Jazz - 160 bpm
3. Lona - Chick Webb; Spinnin' the Webb - 210
4. Chloe (Song of the Swamp) - Duke Ellington; Blanton/Webster Disc 2 - 106 bpm
5. Are You Hep to the Jive? - Cab Calloway; Are you Hep to the Jive? - 176 bpm

If I swap out the first song with something else it might be ok.

From back:
1. Moten Swing - Oscar Peterson; Night Train
2. I'm Just a Lucky So and So - Gene Harris Super Band; Big Band Soul Disc 1 - 85 bpm
3. After All I've Been to You - Swing Session; Whispering Grass - 155 bpm
4. Walkin' My Baby Back Home - Nat King Cole; Capitol Collector's Series - 113 bpm
5. How High the Moon - Art Tatum; Ray Charles (artist's choice)

well I'd have to toss the last song out of this set since you can't lindy hop to it, but the rest of the set would play in some venues here.

I think I might have a better chance with this method since I still have my CD's organized chronologically (to a certain extent).

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#18 Post by mousethief » Mon Sep 29, 2003 11:04 am

What if you have more than one case?

I organize my cases by artist, with big names front-loaded, which means there's a mean 50/50 chance that all five songs would be the same dude.


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#19 Post by Swingwombat » Mon Sep 29, 2003 4:54 pm

From Front

1. Marie - Louis Armstrong and The Mills Bros
2. A Kiss To Bouild A Dream On - Louis Armstrong
3. Avec - Josephine Baker
4. Every Tub - Count Basie
5. Roll 'Em Peter - Count Basie with Joe Williams

From Back (Of this case)

1. Rich-ual Dance - Buddy Rich
2. Fine Brown Fram - Lou Rawls & Dianne Reeves
3. The Time Is Right - Oscar Peterson and Count Basie
4. Salt Peanuts - Charlie Parker
5. Travelin' man - Anita O'Day

I Don't Know that I even think of playing them as sets!

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#20 Post by CafeSavoy » Mon Sep 29, 2003 5:25 pm

from front:

-count basie, dupree blues (146), complete decca
-blue lou barker, i feel like laying in another woman man's arms (85), 1946-49
-bbc big band with ken peplowski, don't be that way (167), tribute to benny goodman
-Casa Loma Orchestra, No Name Jive (194), boneyard shuffle
-eddie condon, darktown strutters ball (204), the classic sessions

from back:

-diana krall, deed i do, alll for you
-bb king, five long years (60), king of the blues
-billie holiday, billie's blues (95), the billie holiday songbook
-blossom dearie, peel me a grape, (125), with lyle lovett
-james cotton, how long can a fool go wrong (136)

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#21 Post by dana » Mon Sep 29, 2003 5:32 pm

Mine are in weird order right now - just bought a big new cd binder.

1. Ruth Brown - Wild Wild Young Men (Jump, 200)
2. Howlin' Wolf - I ain't superstitious (blooz, 90)
3. Billie Holiday - Travlin' light (75)
4. Cole Porter - What is this thing called love? (weirdass, 130)
5. SRV- Honey Bee

Not necessarily stuff that I'd dj, just random songs on cds :)


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#22 Post by JesseMiner » Tue Sep 30, 2003 10:22 am

From the front:

Charlie Barnet - Strollin' (Jazz Archives 1940-45 / 158 bpm / 3:26)
Count Basie - Splanky (On The Road / 144 bpm / 3:49)
Eddie Thompson Trio - Easy Does It (Ain't She Sweet / 133 bpm / 4:30)
Ruth Brown - Fine Brown Frame (Fine Brown Frame / 130 bpm / 3:13)
Joe Carroll - Honeysuckle Rose (Man With The Happy Sound / 100 bpm / 2:41)

From the back:

Lionel Hampton - Hey-Ba-Ba-Re-Bop (Revisited / 138 bpm / 6:01)
Mills Brothers/Count Basie - Tiny Bubbles (The Board Of Directors / 106 bpm / 3:12)
Guru/Erykeh Badu - Plenty (Streetsoul / 170 bpm / 4:39)
Gatemouth Moore - I Ain't Mad At You, Pretty Baby (Bootin' The Boogie / 186 bpm / 2:57)
Delta Rhythm Boys - Take The A-Train (Lindy Hop Jamboree Vol. 3 / 176 bpm / 2:41)


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#23 Post by lindyholic » Tue Sep 30, 2003 9:50 pm

From the front...

1. Black And Tan Fantasy - Duke Ellington (Okeh Ellington Disc 1)
2. I've A Strange New Rhythm In My Heart - Artie Shaw
3. Yesterday - Artie Shaw
4. Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue - Duke Ellington
5. Apollo Jump - Lucky Millinder

From the back...

1. I'm In The Mood For Swing - Benny Carter
2. T'aint What You Do - Chick Webb (Live version from Standing Tall)
3. You Can Depend On Me - Count Basie
4. The Fives - Count Basie
5. Chinatown My Chinatown - Fletcher Henderson

This is kinda weird for me because not all my music is one binder, so I did it out of the binder I DJ most of my music out of. Would I play all of this? I'm not sure...It would be interesting to try out though, see what happens.

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#24 Post by Doberman » Fri Oct 03, 2003 5:15 pm

I can't even remember the last time I played offa CD's. I think it maya been a year ago at the first St. Louis Lindy Blues Exchange.

Here's what's in what used to be my traveling case.

The beginning of this case (upper left hand corner in a hard case, not a book) is original full CD's arranged (nominally) in alphabetical order.
  • You Gotta Walk That Chalk Line - Buddy Johnson / Walk 'Em / 125bpm / 2:39
  • Parade of the Milk Bottle Caps - The Big 18 / More Live Echoes / 180bpm / 3:56
  • I'm Fallin' In Love Again - The Bill Elliot Swing Orchestra / Swingin' the Century / 144bpm / 2:38
  • Corner Pocket - Count Basie / Corner Pocket LIVE / 165bpm / 5:10
  • Basement Boogie - Pete Johnson / (Various Artists) Anthology of Boogie Woogie CD 2 / 192bpm / 2:57
Not too bad, IMO. I love the Buddy Johnson tune, and regularly play it or another version that I have. The Big 18 song is pretty decent. The Bill Elliot song is OK. Not something I'd play regularly, but nothing that I'd be ashamed of if I played it by accident. I've got better versions of "Corner Pocket" that I'd play before the live version, but it's certainly playable. The BW anthology is actually outta place, so wouldn't have come up in this list if my case was actually in the order that I normally kept it in. Saying that, it's not not half bad. Overall, I'd not be displeased with playing these five songs in this order. The tempos even go up and downish as I usually like them to.

The lower right side of my this case is a buncha my own compilations as well as those of other DJ's.
  • Cool Cat Walk - Angelo Badalamenti & Kinny Landrum / 120bpm / 3:27
  • Buzz Buzz Buzz - Mighty Blue Kings / 140bpm / 3:09
  • Two O'Clock Jump - Harry James / 160bpm / 3:00
  • Take the "A" Train - Duke Ellington / 170bpm / 2:45
  • Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Yoke Noge / 120bpm / 5:47
Hmmmm. Again, a set that I wouldn't be ashamed of. I certainly wouldn't play them together like this (I'd want a buffer between the swingier Ellington tune and the Yoko song that's a sorta bluesy / westyish sounding thing for one thing but it's not too bad.

Thanks Roy, that was entertaining.

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#25 Post by lindyholic » Fri Oct 03, 2003 5:37 pm

I'm gonna re-do this now that I've re-organized my music into a 200 cd binder...

Black and Tan Fantasy - Duke Ellington (OKeh Ellington Disc 1)
Just a-setting and a-rocking - Duke Ellington (Proper Box Set "Take The A Train")
Exactly Like You - Count Basie (Complete Original American Decca Recordings Disc 1)
One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie (One O'Clock Jump)
Prince of Wails - Count Basie (Kansas City Powerhouse)

That was from the front...

From the back...

It's My Turn Now - Ella Fitzgerald (Ella with...her Savoy Eight...Chick Webb and his Orchestra)
Solitude - Django Reinhardt (Chronology Disc 5)
Adios - Glenn Miller (Proper Box Set Disc 4)
Go Harlem - Jimmy Johnson and His Orchestra (Cotton Club Stars)
Shoemaker's Holiday - Jimmie Lunceford (Lunceford Special).

I'm really happy with the results of the front. I have all my ellington and basie at the front, so that's why that is, but I like the selection for sure.

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#26 Post by Matthew » Sat Jul 24, 2004 10:53 am

I reorganized my book and added lots of stuff.

From the front:

1. "If I Could Be with You One Hour Tonight" - Basie
2. "The Dirty Dozens" - Basie
3. "Clap Hands! Here Comes Charlie" - Chick Webb
4. "Basin Street Blues" - Benny Goodman
5. "Jealous" - Jimmy Lunceford

The Webb one is a bit shocking, but the rest of the set has fairly smooth transitions and is quiet.

From the back:

1. "Ready, Teddy" - Buddy Holly
2. "Steppin' Pretty" - Andy Kirk
3. "Profoundly Blue" - Charlie Christian
4. "Smashing Thirds" - Fats Waller
5. "Undecided" - Django

The Buddy Holly one...enough said. The Charlie Christian one is pretty slow and sleepy. The others together are a bit disjointed, though not terrible. I wouldn't want to play either of these sets today, though.