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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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Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
Pianist685 [...] 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.
My rendition was not intended to refer to Nat Cole's version from the 1950s but rather to Chaplin's original composition from 1936 which I heard several times on the radio and there the second portion of each go-around is exactly the way I am playing it, however, Nat Cole "simplified" the piece and omitted this chord change.

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Hi Tim, thanks for listening and your comments. I am not sure what you mean about four measures repeating. Perhaps you might explain a bit more.

As far as acoustic vs. digital rendering, I listened to your recordings, and while your playing is fine and the transcriptions beautiful I, respectfully, prefer the clarity and presence of a digital recording of quality software to a somewhat muddy and distant representation of an acoustic as I heard here. Having the best mics, great acoustic environment, and skillful knowledge of mic placement and recording techniques are a lot to ask of people who are primarily musicians, such as we are
( at least me. Perhaps you have and are all of the above). I have some experience with acoustics and recording them ( 5 released CDs on New Artists Records) both in a studio and at home and I love a well recorded, high quality grand, but I am also totally open to the pros of digital and a bit forgiving of the cons, just as you are doing with your acoustic recordings.

You accept the downside of limited production values for the sake of hearing a "live" instrument. I accept less as well for clarity and presence as mentioned above. I appreciate that you are expressing your personal preferences and not making a global statement and I respect that perspective. I just would like to express my perception of today's options and potentialities.

I support digital in the hope that it will continue to improve and perhaps, one day, satisfy even the most demanding listener. And the reason is that it is more democratic in its affordability and accessibility to those without superior instruments or availability of first class recording facilities.
When I restored my B in 1988 there were no other options to approach its quality and performance. Now there are possibilities for talented individuals who could not afford to participate to come closer and closer to that ideal. Thanks again for your thoughts.


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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.



Bill - enjoyed your take on this fine old standard from the GAS - I've heard many versions of this over the years, but my favorite was on an early 50s album of Frank Sinatra (there's a surprise, huh?) - not sure though that I'd want to hear the Scat voice on your digital too often - you play far too well to distract from your excellent accompaniment style...


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Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson

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!).



Tim - sorry that this lovely, longing, heart-touching song "had kind of a world-weary European feel" for you - hopefully you can now, knowing something of it's history and importance to so many at the time, see it in a new light...

That "high note" is there at the end, although it's somewhat subdued and slightly delayed by my up-octave repeat of the phrase "...but I'll be seeing..." , which is the same "device" I used in the intro...thought I'd repeat this at the finish - not sure why I did this, but as they say, it sounded good at the time.


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There is so much beautiful music this month, as usual. Handyman, I so agree with you. One of my favorite top five also. Especially when you include the lyrics. I enjoy the Piano Bar you guys do each month. Thank you!


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Hi guys. Here's my submission for the month. My own rendition of this land is your land



I am currently uploading all of my written piano sheets onto my blog to make things easier. I also have written out a few more sheets. All free check it out if you want smile Any questions, PM me

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Hi, IosPlayer -- I listened to your cover of "My One and Only Love" a second time, and would have to re-assess my opinion somewhat regarding my proposed "four-measure recycling" concept. I now hear something far closer to the typical Jazz treatment of an American Songbook Standard -- it's just that the Song itself, deliciously hidden in the "organ" accompaniment, moves very slowly against the Jazz lines above it; it doesn't conclude until 2:35 or so, and then is reprised with a typical Jazz improvisation only once before concluding.

As far as recording is concerned, I simply am a complete novice in that regard. I do agree with you that the TASCAM400 at 256 MP3 setting results in an overall sound quality inferior to its WAV setting, which I had previously used -- but it is a compromise that I elected to do because the e-Citals here on Piano World require MP3, and it's just more convenient for me to do that.

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Thanks, Tim, for taking the time to respond. MP3 hmmm. I would be curious to hear the WAV recording as compared to the MP3. Any chance you might be able to post those? I always use WAV on my SoundCloud postings. Didn't realize an MP3 was so different. Thanks!


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Hi, Handyman! Well, don't be sorry -- I actually didn't mean the "world-weary European" comment to be disparaging in any way; I consider it to be a legitimate mindset, thoroughly honest and vulnerable in its sentiment. Another song that I would have sworn was written during WW II -- but actually wasn't -- was "For All We Know", which was actually written in the early 30s. Both of the songs have such a strong, poignant lyric, with a melodic line to support it so achingly.

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Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
I do agree with you that the TASCAM400 at 256 MP3 setting results in an overall sound quality inferior to its WAV setting, which I had previously used -- but it is a compromise that I elected to do because the e-Citals here on Piano World require MP3, and it's just more convenient for me to do that.
Tim, I find the quality of your recordings quite good and the acoustic Kawai grand you own is a fine instrument. Well, one could improve the sound a bit with the equalizer and reverb functions in Audacity, but what counts most is the skills of the pianist and there you are top-class.

Never upload wav files, they are far too big and the difference between an mp3 and a wav file can only be heard with high-end equipment. 256 kbit/s is already quite much, I would suggest to record 128 kbit/s like me and cut the file size by half.

Recording acoustics and digitals in general... In some of the recitals I felt sorry for some participants who spent a fortune on their very expensive acoustic instruments but their recordings sounded much inferior to some guys' uploads who just bought a cheap digital keyboard/software solution like VPC1 and Garritan CFX. You know I own an acoustic as well but for recording purposes I almost exclusively use the built-in silent system as a VP controller for the software on my notebook, so I kind of got a Steinway D for just 130 EUR.

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Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
Hi, Handyman! Well, don't be sorry -- I actually didn't mean the "world-weary European" comment to be disparaging in any way; I consider it to be a legitimate mindset, thoroughly honest and vulnerable in its sentiment.


My mistake - I think I always understood the phrase "world-weary" to indicate fatalism and cynicism tending strongly towards dissipation and nihilism...as supposedly existed to a wide extent in Germany during the Great Wars - maybe "war-weary" would be a better description of the dominant mindset...


Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
...Another song that I would have sworn was written during WW II -- but actually wasn't -- was "For All We Know", which was actually written in the early 30s. Both of the songs have such a strong, poignant lyric, with a melodic line to support it so achingly.


Another warm and wonderful song! I don't know for sure but I suspect that it might have been almost as popular as "I'll Be Seeing You" during the war - it's lyrics are near perfect for that.

Not to belabor this too long here I just want to share this video of a much more celebratory and far happier post-WW2 war song guaranteed to bring a smile to one's face (with some great trumpet, vocal & sax work thrown in for our delight...):


It's Been a Long, Long Time


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I have been busy with other things so was unable to post in the October Piano Bar. I'm not out the other side of the tunnel yet, so still have to listen to, and comments on, all that has been posted in the November bar.

Meantime here are my contributions for November:

Stranger on the Shore - By clarinettist Acker Bilk 1961
Stranger on the Shore

Lonely- By clarinettist Acker Bilk 1962
Lonely

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - From New Faces film 1954
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

Lille Marlene - originally 1911
Lille Marlene

Let the rest of the World Go By - 1919
Let the rest of the World Go by

Wish me Luck as you Wave me Goodbye - Sung by Gracie Fields in 20th Century film Shipyard Sally 1939
Wish me Luck as you Wave me Goodbye

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Pianist 685, What a beautiful combination of original and your improvisation on Smile. Great!

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Jazztpt - Island...so dreamy and evocative. I'm seeing gentle waves lapping on the shore and the Sun going down. Lovely playing!

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Crimson Lullaby - To me this is very like Ravel's music. Your use of sustain is so fitting to this music. Nice playing!

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Tim - Things we did last summer. This was new to me, but I looked it up and saw Jo Stafford 1946. I liked the song towards its end, but I had difficulty getting into the song at its beginning.

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Handyman - I'll be Seeing you
Lovely playing and great crescendo.

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BillM All of me - You certainly gave it your all! You sang this as a true crooner and it was very enjoyable.

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Bewitched - I would love to be able to play like you do. So confident and sure finger work!
Your rendition was just super.

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Forgive me but this had too many layers for me to feel relaxed. Perhaps one day you will post it with just your piano. I would love to hear it.

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ladypayne - This land is your land
I like Woody's songs. Maybe one day someone will write similar words to this tune for my country Scotland. Nice playing!

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Beemer, open your ears brother, there is more to music than just piano. Too many layers? Really.
Frankly, asking me to post a piano solo for you is a bit presumptuous, don't you think? But, yes, I do forgive you,


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LadyPayne – This Land Is Your Land Songs like this must not be forgotten, so thanks a lot for this fine arrangement of yours. I remember you posted your version of “Oh, Susanna” some time ago, in the same style, with various transpositions, so it seems you have specialised in this kind of music. Great job!

Handyman – It’s Been A Long Long Time That is a really wonderful Harry James recording. The trumpet sound is gorgeous.

Beemer – Stranger On The Shore I very much enjoyed your romantic rendition of this fantastic song, it brought me back some decades when I played this piece myself on the clarinet (I learned the clarinet as my second instrument but quit playing it when I entered the university). Same goes for “Lonely”

Beemer – A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square Wow, you are giving a whole concert this month. I would like to see you live on stage with this gently swinging rendition of one of the great classics.

Beemer – Lilly Marlene I am glad you wrote “originally 1911” because this song had a special meaning for the German troops in World War II.

Beemer – Let The Rest Of The World Go By I did not know this lovely song yet, thanks for sharing. It sounds quite modern for 1919.

Beemer – Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye Another fine romantic song from a time when movies always came along with great songs.

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Pianist685, thanks for your kind comments. I knew Lille Marlene was a favourite on both sides of the conflict.
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LadyPayne - I really like the somewhat honkytonk feel of your rendition and the frequent key changes. A fun performance!


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Beemer - Wow! They don’t write them like that anymore. Absolutely loved you song selections and your elegant understated performances. Great Piano Bar submission!


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I posted this on another thread, but feel it appropriately belongs in a bar... the November Piano.Bar. Billy Strayhorn's masterpiece, Lush Life. Played on a 1922 Steinway A at my teacher, Connie Crothers' Brooklyn studio.

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Hi, folks -- comments on the new submissions --

ladypayne -- An effective piano cover of a very well known song indeed. Of course, Guthrie had intended the piece to be an anthem, predominantly concerned about the lyric and the sing-along aspect, and so it's a very simple chordal structure with unchanging rhythm. That makes it difficult to maintain interest over a 3 minute duration using only instruments, but you accomplished that with key changes, shifts in octave ranges, and slight changes in cadence. Great listening!

Beemer -- Many thanks for very straightforward, sensitive renditions of the sheet music originals. I believe that Bilk's "Stranger on the Shore" actually made it to #1 in the pop charts -- those were in the days when purely instrumental pieces actually made it to the Top 10. I didn't recognize "Lonely" -- guess that was the "B" side. I was surprised that "Lili Marlene" was originally conceived as a march -- the lyric doesn't match up with it, unless there was a military implication to the song that I'm not aware of. By far my favorite was "A Nightingale Sang..." -- that one justifiably entered the ranks of Jazz standards; there's so much you can do with the melodic line, and the lyric is especially beautiful and touching. The last two are venerable chestnuts from the period between the Wars -- I confess that I don't have a great affection for this material, but again, you played it with such straightforwardness and honesty that I listened to them with genuine interest.

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Tim,

Thanks for your comments. As I have mentioned before, I only sightread and yes these pieces were all from the original sheet music. Some of them are my actual paper originals. I am not competant with improvisation and I'm quite happy to play following "the dots".

Lilli Marlene - a poem written by a young German solder and given music in 1938. It was used as a marching song before Marlene Dietrich and Vera Lynn sang it. I was surprised to learn that Hank Locklin and Connie Francis also recorded it.

Underneath the lantern
By the barrack gate
Darling I remember
The way you used to wait
T’was there that you whispered tenderly
That you love’d me, you’d always be
My Lili of the Lamplight
My own Lili Marlene.

Vor der kaserne
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Stand eine laterne und steht sie noch davor
So wolin wir da uns wiedersehn
Bei der laterne wolin wir stehn
Wie einst Lili Marleen
Wie einst Lili Marleen

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IOSPlayer – Lush Life Thanks for posting this wonderful rendition of a tune by this great American composer who worked together with Duke Ellington (I knew him from the composition “Take the “A” train”). I had not heard “Lush Life” before, only recently heard a pop song with the same title from a girl named Zara Larsson - what a difference! I rather prefer Strayhorn, well, the girl is much on looks...

Beemer So you were just sight reading those pieces? That makes your playing even more impressive.

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Thanks, Pianist685. The definitive rendition is by Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane. Search YouTube. You will love it!


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Ladypayne - nice to see you back in the bar, dont know this one but a nice change of pace , good arrangement and playing.

Beemer - a feast of wonderful everlasting tunes although I didn't know Lonely. Acker said Stranger on the Shore was his old age pension, I bet it was :-)
Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square is one of my favourites which I play through often. Great stuff and excellent sight reading.

IosPlayer - great conception and substitutions/voicings on Lush Life, the music/improvisation has a wonderful flow and maintains interest right through to the end ( no mean feat) The piano sounds wonderful, you can really feel the depth of tone in that steinway.

Handyman - Thanks for the Harry James link, Harry's sound is amazing on this, he really was one of the all time greats. I also rather like June Christie's version with Stan Kenton, also on YouTube.

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Thanks for the kind words, jazztpt. You must know this Coltrane Johnny Hartman rendition... but others should have a listen. Pure bliss!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0izjSUqCcSQ


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Originally Posted by IosPlayer
You must know this Coltrane Johnny Hartman rendition... but others should have a listen. Pure bliss!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0izjSUqCcSQ


Indeed and most of the album seems to be available on YouTube along with quiet a bit of his other recorded material which I hadn't heard before.

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Originally Posted by jazztpt

Handyman - Thanks for the Harry James link, Harry's sound is amazing on this, he really was one of the all time greats. I also rather like June Christie's version with Stan Kenton, also on YouTube.



jazztpt - checked out the Christie/Kenton version - good stuff! Haven't heard her "smokey" voice in a "long, long time" - my brother and I had her LP "The Misty Miss Christy" years ago that we wore out...

There were so many good girl singers in the Big Band/Swing Era - Helen Forest is considered by some to have been a slight cut above most - her's is an easy voice to listen to - she was the only one who sang with the 3 "Big" Big Bands: Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and Harry James (whom she had an affair with and loved dearly, even thru 3 marriages with other men - end of salacious gossip! smile )


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What is this piano bar about? smile

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Drinkin' Smokin' Cussin' and findin' beautiful women.


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Ladypayne, a lively rendition of a timely folk song, well done.

Beemer, kudos for making up for lost time. Good songs all, though I was previously unfamiliar with all but Nightingale and Lili Marlene. Well done.

Iosplayer, a beautiful and sophisticated version of a beautiful and sophisticated song. Doesn't get any better. Here is my much simpler version, which I transposed to a friendlier key to make it easier to deal with. Didn't help much!

Lush Life

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Hi Riddler, thanks for the praise. It seems like your file was removed from Box. I would like to listen. Mike


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Riddler - Ed great version (surely one of your best ) and yes, different from Mike's which is why I love jazz so much :-)

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Originally Posted by IosPlayer
Hi Riddler, thanks for the praise. It seems like your file was removed from Box. I would like to listen. Mike


I uploaded it to SoundCloud. Hope this works.

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Lush Life


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That worked, Riddler. I liked it. Nothing extra. A great way to play,


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Hope no one minds me posting again this month. I have been reviewing some old files and this is one from a couple of years ago which I submitted to the quarterly recital. At the time it was somewhat of a breakthrough for me as I managed to let loose and improvise without being inhibited by the red dot, as a result I named the tune Let Loose smile. Actually there is very little tune, its just a framework to play jazz on.


Let Loose

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Really good Jazztpt. Wish you were still playing horn to jiz over it. If you had recorded in midi you could print out the score. So many possibilities.


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My arrangement of Stella by Starlight. Still a bit of a work in progress.

https://app.box.com/s/nwy26knb0ab29u77thx2g4870bnx5tle


I will see if I can comment on all the submissions. There seem to be so many this month.

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Riddler - lovely rendition of Lush Life. A wonderful tune with which to start my Sunday morning. An added bonus is the picture of you on Soundcloud! Nice to put a face with the name.


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Jazztpt - very interesting and complex rhythms and phrasing. This one woke me up! Short but very cool.


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RootSeventHird - nicely played. I was disappointed when it ended so suddenly. Your performance deserves a repeat or two.


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Originally Posted by BillM
Riddler - lovely rendition of Lush Life. A wonderful tune with which to start my Sunday morning. An added bonus is the picture of you on Soundcloud! Nice to put a face with the name.


I agree - both about "Lush Life" and the face!


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Originally Posted by IosPlayer
Drinkin' Smokin' Cussin' and findin' beautiful women.


Sounds a lot like my hunting camp in the wilds of northern PA...


"Difficulties deferred and challenges unmet will eventually return with a vengeance to bite one in the butt." (paraphrasing Chopin)
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Thank's BillM!

You had a nice version of All of Me. I use to like to play this song myself when I was a young teenager. It's a classic jazz standard that I think is fun to play.





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RootSeventHird - nicely played. I was disappointed when it ended so suddenly. Your performance deserves a repeat or two.

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Excellent -- another fresh round of submissions!

IosPlayer -- I very much enjoyed your rendition of "Lush Life" -- for me, I thought I heard the influence of Tristano quite distinctly here. I don't know a great deal about Lennie Tristano, but he was in general regarded as a superb teacher of Jazz, and what little I heard of him tells me he was a Jazz practitioner who believed in incorporating many elements of 20th Century Classical compositional techniques into the Jazz language. In that sense, I regard him as a precursor to Keith Jarrett's approach, although Jarrett of course became far better known. Your "Lush Life", as an example, tends to be punctuated with side comments of high intensity -- sharp dynamic contrasts; exploration of ranges both high and low; occasional pungent dissonances; deliberate disturbances of the rhythmic flow at various junctures -- all of which I thought enhanced the experience, and never detracted, at least for me. Very satisfying -- thanks for sharing it!

Riddler -- Well, for me, a straightforward cover of Strayhorn's Standard really works very well indeed -- I can't of another Standard that is so harmonically complex and arises from the language of Jazz so organically. For me, Harold Arlen is only other one I think of who provided many American Popular Standards directly out of Jazz/Blues language. In your hands, the really quite complicated progressions sounded unforced and natural, and that very much to your credit!

jazztpt -- Well, I thought your improv had enough internal structure to keep it focused for the bulk of its 3 minute length -- I was getting a little sense of desperation in the last 20 sec or so, but you ended it with grace and aplomb. And your sense of invention is, as always, fluent, lyrical, rhythmically charged without being overpowering -- wonderful to listen to, in brief.

RootSeventHird -- A very straightforward cover of "Stella by Starlight" -- the bulk of Jazzers just love the chordal progressions of this Standard, and this aspect you underlined very sensitively. Thanks for sharing it!

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Tim, That is so kind of you to take the time to give such a thoughtful response. Lennie was all you describe as well as being a colorful fellow. He once got into an altercation with the often argumentative Charles Mingus. Mingus wanted to resort to violence. Lennie agreed, on one condition, that all the lights be turned out. Lennie was blind. It is heartening to hear your positive remarks as recently I have been under fire for my lack of talent and ability. Though pretty confident, it is always welcome to get some reassurance from outside my own skull. Thanks.


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Pianist685 Nice version of Smile. I didn't realize the original was like this. It made me listen to the original Charlie Chaplin orchestral version. It is so nice! It seems reminiscent of Victor Young's orchestral style.

jazztpt Island and The Causeway are such nice compositions and very well played. Your music really is an inspiration.


Tim Adrianson Really nice/accomplished playing. I especially liked the Marian McPartland. I use to love listening to her piano jazz radio program. She is probably one of the biggest influences in jazz piano.

Handyman Nice version of I'll be seeing you. It seems to use a rhythm pattern I mostly use. I learned it when I was an early teen and I still use it to this day smile

I will see if I can comment on the rest shortly smile

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Riddler Nice version of Bewitched. I know coming up with convincing intros can be very hard. I think you did a great job! I also play this song.

You did an amazing version of Lush Life. I like playing jazz standards this way myself. At least I try smile


IosPlayer Extraordinary recordings of Lush Life and my one and only. I especially enjoyed your version Lush Life. Beautiful improvisations and playing. It is very accomplished. I can hear the Lennie Tristano influence. I also like playing these songs, but of course not nearly at the same level.

Beemer Nice playing! I have an uncle who likes playing the same way. He has the largest collection of popular sheet music (Readers Digest and others) that I have ever seen. It can be a lot of fun to just flip through those books and play a few songs.

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RootSeven, great rendition of Stella. Makes me wonder why I never played it. These standards offer such great opportunity for expression. How did folks ever create them. A gift of the muse.
I could feel the breath in your playing. I yearned for more space, but I wasn't the one playing!
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Thanks IosPlayer!

Your feedback means a lot to me. Appreciate the time you took to listen.

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RootSeven, great rendition of Stella. Makes me wonder why I never played it. These standards offer such great opportunity for expression. How did folks ever create them. A gift of the muse.
I could feel the breath in your playing. I yearned for more space, but I wasn't the one playing!
Thanks for that. I will PM you,

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ladypayne great version of this land. It sounded like you were having a lot of fun at the piano.


jazztpt Congrats on let loose. It must feel amazing to be able to improvise like this. Your voicings and lines are really amazing. It's so nice.

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I have enjoyed listening to the recent jazz pieces, but this is not a genre I have much experience either listening or playing. However I thought it an opportune time to dive in and get my feet wet. The biggest problem is that I don't know the blues and jazz pieces I have chosen from my book library so the tempo may not be appropriate. I am reluctant to listen to them online as I'm sure that the no doubt good performances would put me off posting. So here they are and I look forward to your comments: (Sorry the recording level on some might be a little too low)

Do you Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans

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The midnight Sun will never Set

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I came up with this today, just playing with minor chord progressions. Goes from Gminor to Cminor, and uses a couple of unknown chords , one is D, Eb snd G, another is F G and B




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