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November Piano Bar #2777180
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I am opening the Piano Bar before all the attention goes to recital #52 (where I will submit a small piece of classical music).
In recital #51 I already had the opportunity to present Charlie Chaplin as a composer. My contribution this month is another well-known piece by this all-round artist. “Smile” was the orchestral score of the movie “Modern times”. Later, in the 1950s, it got lyrics and was performed by Nat King Cole. I used sheet music as a starting point, but deviated quite much from what is written. The sound is Galaxy Vintage D with some reverb added with Audacity.

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Very well played Constantin - hate to admit that I'm old enough to have heard the Nat King Cole version of this lovely, uplifting song when it was on the "Hit Parade", although as I remember it was at a slightly slower tempo than your excellent version...

As I'm sure you probably know Cole got his start as a jazz pianist with a small group (trio, I think) long before he became famous and popular as a singer. For awhile in the early 50s he even had his own TV show, and later in the 60s cranked out a series of albums of romantic ballads from The Great American Songbook that are still some of the best interpretations of these great songs...


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Thanks so much for posting this lovely performance.... this song is well known by me, but I had no idea this was composed by Chaplin. A pleasant surprise!

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I must agree with the other comments Constantin, a lovely version of a timeless melody. Played the Nat Cole version at my fathers funeral so it’s one that is close to my heart and always evokes a host of memories when I hear it. Thanks for sharing with us.

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I’d like to join in with a tune I wrote a couple of weeks ago. Short and sweet(well maybe) for now it is called Island.

Island

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very nice tunes, congrats to both.
Also never had any idea that Chaplin used to compose.

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Crimson Lullaby -- Maxwell Janis

Here is the first of two submissions appropriate for mid to late autumn. Maxwell Janis is a composer from Katonah, British Columbia in Canada. He used to post his compositions in Piano World several years back, but I haven't seen anything of him recently. "Crimson Lullaby" is one of the pieces from his New England Suite, which he wrote as an affectionate tribute to the years he lived there -- it is intended, IMO, to evoke a melancholy quietness in the late autumn, when the trees have thoroughly turned from green to reds and yellows of varying hues. It is for me very reminiscent of Chopin's late "Berceuse", albeit not with a totally unchanging bass line.

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The Things We Did Last Summer -- Jule Styne, arr Marian McPartland

Here is the second of two fall submissions. Jule Styne certainly has to be placed in the very top tier of contributors to the Great American Songbook. He wrote many standards ranging from the 1940s through the 1960s -- "People" probably being his greatest "hit". "The Things We Did Last Summer" he wrote in 1946 as a single (i.e., not as part of a musical), and Jo Stafford, with her husband Paul Weston and his orchestra, made it quite popular that year, rising as high as #10 in the pop charts. This arrangement was the work of the great lady of Jazz Marian McPartland, as transcribed by another female Jazz Pianist Ellen Rowe in 1992.

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Thought I'd join in the festivities at the Bar this month with my take on a beautiful World War II song that more or less became an anthem for all those who had a loved one serving overseas during that horrific worldwide conflict...

I personally consider this one of the top 5 or so most beautiful songs ever composed - this is a relatively simple version that I've re-arranged somewhat, including an added intro and several tempo changes not original to the score...


I'll Be Seeing You

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Pianist685 - a beautiful rendition of a great tune. I love and also play and sing this one although at a slower tempo. Your performance was terrific. I am envious of your piano skills.


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Tim - both tunes really do capture the introspective feel of the season and are perfect for quiet reflection with an adult beverage. As usual, you and your piano sound fantastic!


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jazztpt - to me, Island has the same feel as the Vince Guaraldi music used in the Charlie Brown programs. Very well written and performed.


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Handyman - the Bing Crosby version of this song is in my top ten all time favorite recordings. Thanks for posting this gem.


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I thought I’d dust off my Digital Grand for this month’s Piano Bar submission, All of Me. You will have to excuse my use of the Jazz Scat voice in the instrumental break but I thought it was a good idea at the time.



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Jazztpt – Island Yes, calm and sweet and very much up to the point. Have I mentioned already that you are a fantastic composer? This piece is among my favourites of your pieces I have heard so far. I have listened to it several times and each time I have discovered a new lovely detail in your playing, e.g. the left hand repeating the last notes of the right hand. The warm last 3 chords are B6, Db6/9, Eb, right?

Tim – Crimson Lullaby So professional composers are posting their works on PW? How interesting. This marvellous piece does suit the season, indeed, however, it did not remind me of Chopin but of Debussy rather. Thanks for introducing.

Tim – The Things We Did Last Summer I did not know this piece before, either, thanks for presenting it to me. A slightly swinging, melancholy jazz standard to my ears. Are you sight-reading your pieces or are you rehearsing them?

Handyman – I’ll Be Seeing You I first came across this lovely song in a version sung by Brenda Lee (one of my favourite American singers) without knowing that it was a World War II song. The lyric does not mention the war at all, if I am not mistaken. Your version is not simple at all and your re-arrangement is perfect, so is your playing.

Bill – All Of Me A thousand likes. Of course, I knew this fine swinging song. You are a fantastic singer. I do like the scat intermezzo, it makes your rendition unique. Digitals offer so many possibilities, so why should one not use them?

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Constantin, that was a very strong and theatrical performance, of an emotional blockbuster of a song. I loved it. And by the way, I too remember Nat King Cole and loved his music.

Russ, Island is a beautiful tune, rich in harmony and melody. You really ought to team up with a good lyricist. This piece has such potential!

Tim, excellent playing on Crimson Lullaby. I love the way the left hand ascending figure continues steadily as the right-hand weaves melodies high above. On Things We Did Last Summer, your execution of the Marian McParland arrangement was very enjoyable. She was a superb musician.

Handyman, yes, I have always loved that song, another emotional blockbuster for me. You have added some nice touches, well done. It’s good to see you out here participating again. I may have my history mixed up, but in my mind, I always give you credit, in your previous incarnations, for the practice of giving us some background info on the songs and composers, a practice that endures, and should.

Bill, wow, you belted that out with authenticity. I like the theatrical flair, just right for this song. Yeah, the scat thing works, glad you kept your digital!

Ed


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Bill - great stuff , all those pianos , you really are the piano man ! When you wrote jazz scat I really thought you were going to scat , had to smile when I heard it, I have that sound on mine and its really fun to play with, as usual a really enjoyable performance.

Handyman - ' I'll be seeing you ' , so that's two of my favourite emotonal blockbusters this month (along with Smile). This one always gets me, thanks for sharing, very appropriate for this Month too.
By the way this had me checking out versions on YouTube and there are many.

Tim - as ever you present some interesting and sphisticated music for our listening pleasure. I particularly enjoyed the Marian McPartland transcription. She was quiet eclectic in style with those 'modern' 4th voicings in the intro mixed then to a more mainstream style, a real mix but it all works.

Constantin - thanks for your nice comments. The last 3 chords are Bmaj7, Db6/9, Eb ( so just one note out, great ears my friend )

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I have another tune to share this month, I came across this in one of my old notebooks a few weeks ago, very much a jazz tune which has been filed away for 25 years :-) I originally wrote this with a jazz quintet in mind (but unfortunately it never got played) and I have chosen to use an Electric Piano sound on this one because I felt the melody needed the sustain the Electic piano offers.


The Causeway

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My piece this month is Bewitched (AKA Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered), written by Rogers and Hart in 1941. Like I'll Be Seeing You, it’s one of those songs I grew up hearing all the time. Apparently, the actual stage lyrics were not included in the published sheet music because they were considered to be too risqué, so I guess I grew up hearing a cleaned-up version. (How times have changed.)

One of my frustrations is that I often create introductions that I think are cool, then find out they really don’t fit the song, so I discard them. Something went wrong here – the intro seems to fit the song! I guess I should plan on being hit by a meteor tonight. laugh

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Originally Posted by Pianist685
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[b]Handyman – I’ll Be Seeing You
I first came across this lovely song in a version sung by Brenda Lee (one of my favourite American singers) without knowing that it was a World War II song. The lyric does not mention the war at all, if I am not mistaken...


Constantin - no, you are correct - according to Wiki this song was composed for the (pre-war) 1938 Broadway musical "Right This Way" which closed after only 15 performances, which proves that even a great song such as this can't carry a musical by itself...fortunately it gained a new life of it's own during the War, for which music lovers everywhere even today can be forever thankful! The incredibly meaningful lyrics are indeed all-purpose in that they can apply to an almost endless number and variety of situations involving the departure or loss of a loved one...


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Jazztpt - A very cool and jazzy tune - love the EP sound, perfect!


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Ed - yup, you nailed the intro on this one. I am very familiar with this song but I must admit the bridge sounded new to me. Like many songs of this era the tempo can be anywhere from slow torch song to upbeat swinger. I like your take on this.


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Riddler - nice, jazzy take on this old standard - enjoyed that a lot - I still have on one of my many CDs of her's a wonderful, extended version of this song by the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald that runs to almost 5 minutes long and includes most, if not all, of the "saucey" lyrics you refer to...what a listen!


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Jazztpt – The Causeway Your old notebooks are still working? Lucky you. The soft e piano sound suits the melody very well. I find this piece more difficult to understand than "Island" but I am not a Jazz expert. I had the impression it could be good functional music as a background of a cocktail garden party or the like. Please excuse this sacrilege…

Ed - Bewitched Another song I did no know yet. Your intro is cool, indeed. Those time changes to 3/4 are intriguing. I have had a look at the lyric. Haha, I never thought things like that were written in the Jazz Age.

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My contribution. All iOS instruments and recording.

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IosPlayer - Wow, you just blew my mind, not what I expected at all but none the less fantastic, amazing conception sustained throughout. I had to listen twice, phew.

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Jazzpt, thank you so much for your very kind words. I just listened to some of your stretches on BOX and now I understand why you were so taken with what I do. We share a lot of the same sensibilities about jazz, including a very strong focus on melody. You have a very expressive right hand and a great note to note feeling Your playing is very spare and you make every note count.
The left hand chords are subtle, sometimes just slightly off, with a good integration of broken and block formations. A real intuitive sense comes across. And much more. All these things I value in my own playing and strive ( in a zen like way) to be true to, evoke, embrace, channel, get out of the way of, and express the [censored] out of a tune. I hear all of that in your playing as well. That is why my music reached you so hard, I believe.

I liked Causeway, but I don't know if forum members know how deep you really go. I hope you will not be offended if I post a tune I heard you do that I thought was exquisite. I hope members will take the time to listen closely!

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Some great listening this month, fans! Thanks ever so much for these submissions.

Pianist685 -- A beautifully sleek rendition of this well deserved Standard -- just excellent voicing and phrasing throughout. In the second portion of each go-around, you added a chord change, really an entire phrase, that I don't have in the arrangement I possess (and it was published in 1954) -- was that something you ghosted in yourself? It works quite well, IMO -- makes it more interesting. I myself wrote an arrangement of this song for Viola and Piano, completely different from the published arrangement -- far more intimate, far less rhapsodic in tone -- but this was really artfully rendered.

jazztpt -- I always look forward to your contributions, and certainly there's nothing to disappoint this month (or ever has been, for that matter). I was very much taken by the songful character of "Island" -- it just cries out for a very tender, sensitive lyric, sung by a female chanteuse. And with "Causeway", I confess to being a real sucker for a Jazz waltz -- there's just something especially beguiling in the gently swinging lilt. I agree that electric piano was the way to go with this piece -- I could imagine it as intro music for some movie scene with the characters riding in a car across the countryside, setting the tone for the story to commence.

Handyman -- For some reason I always thought that "I'll Be Seeing You" was written by Kurt Weill for one of his musicals -- it always had kind of a world-weary European feel for me. Your rendition, in its straightforward "music box" setting, does capture the poignancy and sadness of the lyric very effectively -- never getting overly dramatic or maudlin in its statement. I would like to hear the "high note", though, in the second go-around -- I think that's a dramatic touch that greatly enhances the piece (OK, assuming the singer can hit it!).

BillM -- Thoroughly successful treatment of a venerable old Standard -- the scat voices are very amusing and totally effective. As a general rule, I prefer acoustic piano, but this was certainly a well chosen point of difference.

Riddler -- This rendition of the Rodgers and Hart Classic sort of brought me back to the 1930s or early 40s, when songs of this nature were performed up-tempo and with almost a danceable quality to them -- it was, after all, from Broadway shows. This particular song was quickly snapped up into the Jazz world, and its bittersweet lyric was a perfect foil for intimate Jazz arrangements.
Hmmm -- I was planning to provide a couple of the Nelson Riddle/Linda Ronstadt arrangements in the near future -- maybe I'll include their cover of "Bewitched", just as a basis of comparison.

Ios Player -- A most interesting approach to that great Standard "My One and Only Love". Rather than just presenting the song from beginning to end, you seem to take the time to consider the melodic implications of a four measure segment or thereabouts, recycling the segments in varying ways with jazz-infused chording and linear lines. I confess that I wasn't nuts about the organ-like background wash -- here's a case where I would've preferred the same approach done with acoustic piano.

The month is still early -- let's hope for a few more contributors!

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Pianist685, in answer to your comments --

Maxwell Janis was actually an amateur composer, so far as I understand -- he does have a YouTube site, but as I mentioned before, he hasn't posted anything here in PW for several years now, and so I suspect he's "moved on" from composition. Most of his piano music is prodigiously difficult, but some of his pieces I have found worth the effort to learn.

My renditions of Jazz transcriptions are definitely not sight-reading -- they're all stuff I worked on in detail many years ago (from 15 all the way to 40). Typically I do rehearse them once or twice before recording them, but they're now "in my fingers" sufficiently to provide a reasonably fluent reading without any undue fuss. And I do not approach Jazz transcriptions the same way I approach Classical compositions -- every "take" is somewhat different, and often departs from the directives on the score.

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I would like to hear your playing, Tim.


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