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Jazz or "cocktail" piano players are always playing these little filigrees, usually in the upper octave; here's a track that starts with the kind of thing I'm talking about, there are innumerable other examples. I plan to slow down recordings so I can delve into what's going on here, but thought I'd register and ask for some details/examples first. Are these scales? Arpeggios? A little of each? They don't sound like glissandi, but again, I'm a rank beginner here. I'm still not sure how you play much of a glissano in a key other than C.
The link you have listed is Skylark Ab as sung by June Christy. The pianist plays a 2 note trill with an Eb and a F, then he plays a fast Ab major scale up and down and back to the same trill but an octave higher.
. In this example, pianist Monty Alexander's intro consists of his right hand plays fingernail sweeps up and down on black keys while left hand plays Ab bass ... Then right hand switches to chord tremolos, while right hand plays simple cross-over melody notes in treble and in bass register: