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#2693641 - 12/02/17 05:13 AM December Piano Bar  
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Here is the piano bar. Everybody is kindly invited to make a contribution.

I had a recording of the piece “I hear a rhapsody” on my notebook all the time but thought nobody would know the song and there would be a lack of interest. Then I was surprised to find a very jazzy version of it posted by Ed in the last recital, so there is at least one other pianist who knows the song. Here is my recording. Just in case some of you are expecting a more popular tune, I have added “All the things you are”.

I hear a rhapsody / All the things you are

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#2693759 - 12/02/17 06:24 PM Re: December Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685]  
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Constantin, that was terrific, lots of drama in both pieces, and interior lines that highlight the interesting harmonies. I really like your introductions and endings too, very creative. Excellent left hand work!

Ed


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My fingers are slow, but easily keep pace with my thoughts.

#2693789 - 12/02/17 09:09 PM Re: December Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685]  
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My piece this month is Dear Old Stockholm, based on the Swedish folk song “Ack Varmeland du skona”. I've always wondered how it became a jazz song, so I did a bit of googling. The story goes that when saxophonist Stan Getz toured Sweden in 1951, his hosts thought it would help people to relate to his music better if he would play a few familiar Swedish songs, so they introduced him to this song and he played it on tour. Later, Miles Davis heard one of his performances, and decided to record it himself. It took off from there.

I am playing along with a backing track, which provides the drums and bass. I am playing from a lead sheet.

I found the form of this song to be difficult to deal with; in spite of that, I had a great deal of fun playing it.

Ed


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#2693853 - 12/03/17 04:10 AM Re: December Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685]  
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Ed, another wonderful Swing rendition. I have found out now how you are playing these things. The complete bass is on the backing track so you do not have to bother about bass notes in the left hand and can play just chords there to accompany the single note melody and improvisations in the right hand. Playing solo piano and piano as part of a band seem to be quite different approaches...

The song, according to Wikipedia, was also "borrowed" by Max Bruch for his clarinet concerto and was, thus, also used in classical music. Stockholm is, indeed, a wonderful town and marvellous place to visit as a tourist. I have travelled many interesting European cities, but Stockholm is among my favourites.

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#2694179 - 12/04/17 09:33 AM Re: December Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685]  
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Originally Posted by Pianist685
Ed, another wonderful Swing rendition. I have found out now how you are playing these things. The complete bass is on the backing track so you do not have to bother about bass notes in the left hand and can play just chords there to accompany the single note melody and improvisations in the right hand. Playing solo piano and piano as part of a band seem to be quite different approaches...

Yes, I have put a lot of effort into learning those rootless voicings, but most of the time I take the easy way out and just use simple shell voicings.

Originally Posted by Pianist685

The song, according to Wikipedia, was also "borrowed" by Max Bruch for his clarinet concerto and was, thus, also used in classical music. Stockholm is, indeed, a wonderful town and marvellous place to visit as a tourist. I have travelled many interesting European cities, but Stockholm is among my favourites.

I have listened to the Bruch piece, and also to vocals of the original folk song, on Youtube. The sheet music is also online. A very sweet song. I lived in Europe for a few years, but never made it to Stockholm. However, by wild coincidence, while I was learning this song, my grand-niece was touring there. It's a small world!


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#2694486 - 12/05/17 11:58 AM Re: December Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685]  
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Pianist685 - thanks for posting these 2 songs , I really enjoyed your playing , the full chords and very George Shearing approach to I hear a Rhapsody and the intro and ending to All the Things...... just cant place where they come from though. I know Rhapsody from the John Coltrane version ecorded in 1958, anyway no need to worry if a song is popular or not , I have posted lots of originals and no one knows them lol.

Ed - Great work on Dear old Stockholm, the arrangement effectively builds the tension in the stop time sections and then the release to the swing.

Ed inspired me to get my virtual trio out , recorded on my phone and using the iReal app to generate the bass and drums , my contribution is:

Without a Song

Sorry about the recording quality, recordng directly from the piano excludes
the iReal app feed, the creaking noise is my piano stool , it needs some oil !

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#2694767 - 12/06/17 11:37 AM Re: December Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685]  
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Yeah, that's real jazz. Nicely done.

BTW, I have loved this song since I was a little kid. Even now, I think of it often. Late at night, when I have decided to call it quits for the day, but then decide to take a few more minutes to log on and listen to Larissa Viana sing Aquas de Marco just one more time, I think of the opening lyrics of this tune, the best line in all of music: Without a song, the day would never end. Right.

Ed


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#2694816 - 12/06/17 03:23 PM Re: December Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685]  
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Great jazz tunes this month - thank you folks!


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#2694994 - 12/07/17 05:28 AM Re: December Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685]  
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Jazztpt, so you have your own virtual trio as well... Same approach, chords in the left hand, swinging single key melody in the right. So this is how to play real jazz on the piano. I did not know the song yet, but found on Wikipedia that it is part of the musical play "Great Day". Though I am not familiar with that musical, either, I have a recording of the Glenn Miller orchestra playing "Great Day" as part of a 1944 propaganda broadcast from the UK. Interesting feature: Glenn speaks a few words in German (with the help of a female presenter called "Ilse"). This broadcast was addressed to German soldiers who would possibly listen in spite of the prohibition to listen to foreign radio programmes and tried to disseminate America's values with the help of music.

George Shearing... my, my. I don't think I am that good.

#2695336 - 12/08/17 11:15 AM Re: December Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685]  
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Thanks for your kind comments guys.

A quick impromptu version of Blue Bossa from this morning , the stool still needs oiling :-)

Blue Bossa

#2695537 - 12/09/17 08:42 AM Re: December Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685]  
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Jazztpt, hey, that's cool. It is only a small step from Cool Jazz to Bossa Nova. E-flat major, again, but I am sure you know other key signatures, don't you? laugh

While listening to my recordings, you have certainly realized that I am not a jazz musician and prefer playing the easy listening style. I cannot play blues piano, either, and when it comes to impros I am lacking ideas. Good reasons to try it all the same. Here is St. Louis Blues, played by ear.

St. Louis Blues

#2695559 - 12/09/17 09:58 AM Re: December Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685]  
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Sorry for no posting for years. This is a test play after repairing a vintage Challen. This piano has harpsichord simulation. Its fun and interesting.


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J.S.Bach Prelude in C Min: No. 2 from Six Preludes fur Anfanger auf dem
Am Abend No. 2 from Stimmungsbilder, Op. 88
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#2695802 - 12/10/17 12:12 PM Re: December Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]  
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Hello All - I'd like to add a Christmas song to the bar. I did a couple YouTube Christmas videos on my acoustic last night but wanted to do this on on the digital using the voice transposer. Hope you like it!



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#2695848 - 12/10/17 02:40 PM Re: December Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685]  
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Jazztpt, nice playing. I like the way you mix single note lines over RVs, with melodies in block chord style, very jazzy!

Weiyan, interesting harpsichord sound, hope you can get it all working and play for us.

Bill,
glad to see you. Does that transpose your voice up an octave? Sounds like fun, and it's probably the only way an old geezer can sing that song and make it sound right. Thanks for the Christmas cheer!


Ed


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#2696001 - Yesterday at 05:58 AM Re: December Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685]  
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Good to see some more contributors to the piano bar.
Bill, that's a nice and soulful arrangement you are playing, but I would rather like to see the small child sitting next to you.

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Pianist685 - very nice playing on both pieces. I particularly enjoyed your upbeat rendition of All the Things You Are.


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#2696044 - Yesterday at 09:11 AM Re: December Piano Bar [Re: Riddler]  
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Ed - wonderful recording and a great listen on this sunny Monday morning. Your playing always makes me smile.


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#2696047 - Yesterday at 09:18 AM Re: December Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt]  
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Jazztpt - the bar is jumping this month! What a wonderful and energetic performance. Well done. Maybe the bartender has a can of WD40 for your bench.


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#2696053 - Yesterday at 10:01 AM Re: December Piano Bar [Re: Weiyan]  
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Weiyan - nice to see you posting again. Cool sounding piano. To me it has more of a honky-tonk than harpsichord tone. Love it.


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#2696419 - 6 hours ago Re: December Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685]  
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Weiyan - short and sweet but interesting to see the piano inards :-) These things you plug in don't have them, well not inards that move.

BillM - That is an unusual effect but I can see that you are enjoying singing and playing as much as ever, thanks for that, haven't seen any other christmas contributions yet. Maybe its time to start, I'll see if I can get something recorded.

Anyone else ?

#2696431 - 5 hours ago Re: December Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685]  
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To get the Christmas tunes started here's one I posted here 3 years ago, one of my favourites:

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas


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