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Blue Monk - Backing Track

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"Blue Monk" is a jazz standard written by Thelonious Monk that has become one of his most enduring tunes.
This is part of my "Jazz Masterclass" project.
This track contains the backing track (with slight reharmonization) and theme (played twice in the beginning and one time in the ending + repeating 3 times the last 4 bars).
Tempo is 84 bpm.
Tonality Bb
Not over squished/ compressed/ limited, so you can record on top on it and add the desired compression.

Track sequenced, performed, recorded and mixed by Mihai Sorohan in 2010.


Great stuff

Technically perfect!
People must have cristal clear ears to hear that is was a vst plug because it was used perfectly. I would like to hear a original composition from you!
9/10 5/5

sorohanro responds:

Thanks for review.
This with VSTi and real instruments it's a trick I use for quite a whilesometimes I use the combination trumpet (real) DSK SaxophoneZ and DVS Saxophone and another trumpet through an octaver as trombone, that combination sounds even more realistic.

I have many originals, out of more than 80 tracks uploaded here, just 4 or 5 are covers or jazz standards.

dopdddddffffff murnk

I've been going through a big monk phase lately so it was a nice surprise to hear this in the weekly tops. I've got nothing negative to say soro. thanks for doing this.

also, if you take requests do epistrophy. tis my favorite of his :P

sorohanro responds:

:)) Nice phase you got there :))
Anyway, for now just the simple things, then the more complex.


It's great to finally hear some good jazz/blues here on NG.
Great subtle soloing, just too bad the sax was a VST though :]
If I had good recording equipement, I would totally play that! :D
Anyways, great song.

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sorohanro responds:

Thanks for the nice words.

Nice Tone...

Just great! Sounds better then anyone (including me) I've ever heard.. Any tips on getting a better tone? like the song too. where you get it?

sorohanro responds:

The composition is by Thelonious Monk and you can find it in all "Real Book", "Fake Book", "Blues Cookbook", this particular track I made with a slight reharmonization (something I usually do on blues). Bass, drums and sax are sequenced (sax with DSK SaxophoneZ VSTi), guitar and trumpet played with real instruments.

The only tip for better tone is long notes, a lot of them and legato on fixed positions (for trumpet/ cornet/ flugelhorn).

Thanks for review. Now get on the "Jazz Masterclass" thread ;)

awesome playing & arranging

I knew you rocked at guitars and trumpet, but I had no idea you played sax as well.

-I like your subtle variations and ornamentation around the melody
-The slower tempo, and laid back drum rhythms (nice panning with the samples btw) are great for soloing against
-I love your guitar playing. Nothing is forced, your articulation is soft and brisk, good voicing, etc. and I hear that you slightly go 'outside' of the basic I-IV-V chord structure. Any tips on making interesting guitar comping patterns? what you did here is very nice.

the only thing I would have done differently which I personally think would make it easier for soloists is start off with a count-in measure and then do a four bar intro with just the bass and drums, and maybe the accompaniment instruments, so the player can get a feel for the groove of the track before the melody kicks in.

anyways, great job, thanks for posting this!

sorohanro responds:

Thanks for the review.
I don't play sax, I made it with DSK SaxophoneZ, a free VSTi.
This particular theme have a I-IV-IV#5b trick, but I substitute also IV with II or I with VI sometimes.
Good point in a metronome count-in. Next tracks will have.

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4.35 / 5.00

Sep 30, 2010
3:34 PM EDT
File Info
6.4 MB
4 min 1 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.