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Best "Exactly Like You"

#1 Post by djstarr » Thu Oct 23, 2003 1:38 am

I'm doing a DJ battle with Harrison in a couple of weeks (with Kevin T moderating) - we've picked 6 songs to incorporate into our sets. I'm set with the versions I want to play for 5 out of the 6, but sadly I only have one version of "Exactly Like You" which I don't care for that much.

What version of "Exactly Like You" do you particularly like? And yes, I have Harrison's blessing to get feedback from this board.

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#2 Post by Matthew » Thu Oct 23, 2003 5:48 am

I have only a couple of versions of that song, but I like the Benny Goodman Quartet version from The Very Best of Benny Goodman. It's about 125 BPM, and features Lionel Hampton singing. I hope that's not the one you have.

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#3 Post by gatorgal » Thu Oct 23, 2003 7:09 am

I have a version by Carmen McCrae on a compilation called Priceless Jazz by Verve I think. That's always been my favorite.

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#4 Post by Roy » Thu Oct 23, 2003 7:26 am

My favorite versions are:
The Ray Brown trio w/Gene Harris-Soular energy
Gene Ammons-Greatest hits vol.1 The 60's

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#5 Post by Swifty » Thu Oct 23, 2003 8:25 am

My current fave is Earl Hines/Jimmy Rushing from Blues & Things

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#6 Post by SpuzBal » Thu Oct 23, 2003 11:11 am

If you have yet to bail on eMusic, go download the version by Hot Club USA. It's really mellow. Django's version is great too.
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#7 Post by lindyholic » Thu Oct 23, 2003 12:19 pm

Since Brenda knows what version of the song I've chosen... (I told her just one :))

The one by Basie on the Complete Decca Recordings.

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#8 Post by djstarr » Thu Oct 23, 2003 3:48 pm

thanks for the replies so far. There is a version of Exactly Like You on Teddy Wilson's "Jumpin' for Joy" that I have - it's ok, but I don't think it's battle worthy.

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#9 Post by djstarr » Thu Oct 23, 2003 3:50 pm

gatorgal wrote:I have a version by Carmen McCrae on a compilation called Priceless Jazz by Verve I think. That's always been my favorite.

Tina 8)
I'm pretty sure this is the version I've had in my head the past 2 days - it gets played a lot in Seattle; and I really like it - so I'm struggling - do I play something very familiar? or do I go with something more risky?

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#10 Post by kbuxton » Thu Oct 23, 2003 4:30 pm

djstarr wrote:I'm pretty sure this is the version I've had in my head the past 2 days - it gets played a lot in Seattle; and I really like it - so I'm struggling - do I play something very familiar? or do I go with something more risky?
Maren played a Nina Simone version at the exchange up there that I quite like.

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#11 Post by djstarr » Thu Oct 23, 2003 10:43 pm

could be - in my mind it's either Nina Simone or Carmen McRae - I'll know it when I hear it!

They didn't have the Carmen Mcrae version at Silver Platters when I went today.

The previews I have heard of all the albums posted here has made me want to buy them all! I was able to get "The Very Best of Benny Goodman" - Teddy Wilson is playing one mean piano on "Exactly Like You" and Lionel sounds great so I'm leaning towards this version - it would fit into my set pretty nicely.

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#12 Post by lindyholic » Thu Oct 23, 2003 11:35 pm

Yes it would fit your set very nicely...

Until you go down faster then a chinese whore!! That's what will happen when I pull my Basie on you!

Ok, continue with thread :)

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#13 Post by Swingwombat » Thu Oct 23, 2003 11:50 pm

I've got a great version on Satch and Josh (Oscar Peterson and Count Basie), but as I'm at work and don't have it with me I can't remember the dance worthyness of it !

But its a great album and song!

Good Luck with the battle btw :P

:lol: Di

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#14 Post by gatorgal » Fri Oct 24, 2003 7:39 am

lindyholic wrote:Until you go down faster then a chinese whore!!
Harrison
Ouch! Now, let's not get personal.... :lol: :lol: :lol:

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#15 Post by CafeSavoy » Fri Oct 24, 2003 12:04 pm

djstarr wrote:
gatorgal wrote:I have a version by Carmen McCrae on a compilation called Priceless Jazz by Verve I think. That's always been my favorite.

Tina 8)
I'm pretty sure this is the version I've had in my head the past 2 days - it gets played a lot in Seattle; and I really like it - so I'm struggling - do I play something very familiar? or do I go with something more risky?
a good similar one is by Barbara Morrison from her cd _Visit Me_, it features a duet with Snooky Young who's also on trumpet. That Benny Goodman one is sweet too, you'll find there are tons of good versions. Some have been mentioned but there are a bunch of others too. There are two nice versions on Claude Williams _My Silent Love_, same song but at 120 and 220 bpm. [For a fast version, there's one about 230 on one of those Jazz Archives Gene Hammond cds, it was from his stint with Billy Eckstine Band--oops, wrong song, it's "love me or leave me " on that session--rtw]. There's a pre-war organ version on Lester Young _This Is Jazz #26_. You could probably fill a cd with good versions of this song. For an esoteric but good version, try Ken 'Snakehips' Johnson & His West Indian Dance Band on "_Black Bristish Swing_. Good cd overall too.
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