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I just finished a collection of duets for vibes and electric bass. For this track the bass player suggested we use a modified bass that had lighter gauge strings. It sounds like a cross between a bass and a guitar. I thought the sound he got was unique and quite beautiful.

Simone was written by Frank Foster. I haven't heard it recorded much, which is a shame because it is an interesting tune that's a lot of fun to improvise on. Hope you enjoy this duet version!


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vibraman Tue, 11/30/2010 - 13:06

that´s a wonderful recording. thanks for sharing!


tedwolff Tue, 11/30/2010 - 20:27

In reply to by vibraman

You know, the vibes were recorded with my handy Yamaha pocket recorder, a $180 device. The bass player lives out of my area so I'd record my part, burn a CD and mail it to him. He would dump it down to a small multi-track and then record the bass on another track, do a rough mix and send me back the results.

I've never recorded that way before. It's amazing what you can do today with simple non-professional gear.


DanaSud Tue, 11/30/2010 - 13:11

I play Simone all the time. Its a great vehicle for vibes. Your duet is very pleasing Ted!

Its fun to hear another vibes player play this. Nice solo.

tedwolff Tue, 11/30/2010 - 20:19

In reply to by DanaSud

Hi Dana,
yes, I've played the tune off and on for decades. BTW, I listened to your recent audio of a gig you did recently. Nice playing Dana! Your solo on Solar was impressive. I actually know Dave Stoller. He's a close friend of a guitar player I know here in CA. Dave comes to visit every so often and we usually do a session. He's a great pianist.


DanaSud Tue, 11/30/2010 - 21:03

In reply to by tedwolff

Thanks for the kind words.

BTW - Its not Dave Stoller it's Dave Zoller (different piano players). You had me worried there for a minute because I thought I had my friends name wrong. I did find some YouTube on Dave Stoller where he was playing trio with a bass player from the area name Jeffrey Eckols. Anyway, thanks for listening Ted.

DanaSud Wed, 12/01/2010 - 17:22

In reply to by tedwolff

No problem. There is a Dave Stoler who plays piano too apparently :)

I'll send him your greetings.


johndaly Tue, 11/30/2010 - 20:12

Nice duet Ted, lovely sound and great playing


tonymiceli Tue, 11/30/2010 - 20:49

yeah amazing what we can do with technology. this sounds really great!

Eric Wed, 12/01/2010 - 08:14

This sounds really great, Ted! I don't really know this tune, but I'm definitely going to dive into learning it now. Thanks!

behng Sun, 12/05/2010 - 12:38

Hi Ted,

Great version of a wonderful tune! I agree with you, I wish more people would play this tune! Frank Foster is an unsung hero in jazz as both a player and composer. Amazing to think he did alot of arranging and compostion for Basie, and wrote different kinds of tunes like this one! My favorite version of his is off of his album "Shiny Stockings". I actually recorded this with a guitar player named Tony Do Rosario a few years ago. Here's some links to clips for both those versions if anyone's interested:

Frank Foster

Tony Do Rosario

tedwolff Sun, 12/05/2010 - 18:32

In reply to by behng

I will check out your links. Thanks for posting...

ed saindon Mon, 12/06/2010 - 08:11

Really nice playing Ted. The tune brings back memories. I think I still have a lead sheet which I got from you. Probably in your handwriting. We used to play that tune with Ed Kaspik and Joe Coroniti. Still miss Ed. He was a treasure personally and musically.

I also like the sound of the bass. Almost like an acoustic nylon string guitar in some registers.

See you in the spring!


tedwolff Mon, 12/06/2010 - 12:46

In reply to by ed saindon

Amazing you still have the lead sheet I used to use. I originally got the tune in my freshman year from a guitar player named Ken Hatfield. I'm still trying to play it decades later.

I remember our version of "Double Image" with Ed Kaspik and Joe! We did a concert once in the old recital hall. You were already smokin' back then too.

Looking forward to seeing you in the spring. I've got my tickets.