Songs with pronounced/interesting breaks

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Songs with pronounced/interesting breaks

#1 Post by Thorin » Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:07 pm

I'm going thru my music and trying to gather a good group of songs that have interesting breaks and stops to work on musicality.
Here is what I have so far and I'm hoping for some recommendations to add variety:
Any recommendations of songs that have other novel or fun breaks?

Breaks on the ONE:
Posin' (Lunceford)
A Doodlin' Song (Peggy Lee)
Watch the Birdie (O'Day)

Breaks on the FIVE:
Stuck on You (Presley)
Seduced (Leon Redbone)
I Want to be Loved By You (Sinéad O'Connor)

Breaks all over the damn place
I Diddle (Washington)
You're the Top (Dean Elliot Swing Band)

Syncopated/tricky breaks
Gonna Make it Alone (Dion)
That's It, I Quit, I'm Moving on (Sam Cooke)
Redlight (Indigo Swing)


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Re: Songs with pronounced/interesting breaks

#2 Post by lipi » Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:48 am

Two that come to mind immediately:

"Harlem Air Shaft", Duke Ellington, 1940, "The Blanton-Webster Band" (or any number of other albums)
(or, if you must, the LCJO recording from "Live in Swing City")
A bunch of breaks, they're all a little before 1 or 5, if memory serves.

"Blues for Stephanie", George Gee, 1998, "Swingin' Live!".
One eight-count break, on 1.

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Re: Songs with pronounced/interesting breaks

#3 Post by Haydn » Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:47 pm

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Re: Songs with pronounced/interesting breaks

#4 Post by Surreal » Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:48 am

strong phrases or obvious breaks:
My Baby Just Cares for Me - Nina Simone
Posin' - Jimmie Lunceford or Tommy Dorsey
Pennsylvania 6-5000 - Glenn Miller
Watch the Birdie - Anita O'Day

super duper obvious: All Shook Up - Elvis

Other beats:
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me - Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - hops/breaks on the &1 &3 &5
Work Song - Nina Simone - hits on 8/1
Splanky - anyone (I like George Gee) - there's a call and response between different instruments
Halleluja I Love Her So - Ray Charles - breaks all over the place
Savoy Blip - Illinois Jacquet or Jonathan Stout - hits on 8/1
Scram - Fats Waller - freezes on 4, followed by a pop on 2 at end of phrase