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Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Pianist685] #2822847
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Originally Posted by Pianist685
Ed - I Mean You What a fun piece! Thanks for making my day. Just one minor issue: at some points of the melody you seem to be a couple of milliseconds behind the backing track. I think I have observed that in some of your previous recordings of fast pieces as well. Maybe my ears are mistaken, but I am tempted to think you did that deliberately to fulfil your motto "My fingers are slow..."


I am definitely pushing my limits on this one, tempo-wise. In places I was struggling to keep up.

Today I took another shot at it - several shots, in fact, till I got somewhat more comfortable with the pace. You can listen at the same link. It is the same arrangement and essentially the same solo, but with a simpler backing track.

I'll never get it perfect, but I think the groove issues are less obvious now.

Ed


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

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Ed - I Mean You, 2nd version I think you did get it perfect now. Your second recording is truly wonderful. Such a happy tune...
Handyman - My Foolish Heart What a pleasure to listen to your romantic rendition of a very romantic song I like very much, a perfect complement to "When I fall in love".

Re: March Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt] #2822994
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Ed - even better thumb

Re: March Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt] #2822998
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Here's one from the archive, very short and (hopefully) sweet. This is an improvisation on two chords , pretty much the way Bill Evans played them in Peace Piece. On this one I recorded the chords first and improvised the melody over the backing.

Improvisation (short)

Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Riddler] #2823005
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Originally Posted by Riddler
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Handyman, isn't that a gorgeous song? Great melody, wonderful chords...

Ed


Yes, a gorgeous song indeed with a great melody and Dan Coates has arranged some wonderful chords around it - it's from his songbook "Decade by Decade - 1940s". I added a few chords of my own and altered the arrangement slightly, but it's still mostly his - as an arranger he's both prolific and creative, a rare combination!


John

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Ed,

My head was nodding along to your snappy beat. Some day I hope to post a faster number than my usual ones. Unlike your playing my fingers at speed sometimes trip over each other smile

Very enjoyable!

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Handyman,

My Foolish Heart - A well chosen song for a Piano Bar and so clearly played and recorded.

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Re: March Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt] #2823942
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Originally Posted by jazztpt
Here's one from the archive, very short and (hopefully) sweet. This is an improvisation on two chords, pretty much the way Bill Evans played them in Peace Piece. On this one I recorded the chords first and improvised the melody over the backing.

Improvisation (short)


So many musical remembrances floating around in there - Peace Piece, Gymnopedie, Maria and a couple of other things I can't put my finger on. A very reflective, contemplative improv. Nicely done.

Ed


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Re: March Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt] #2824124
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Jazztpt, liked both. The EP worked great at 1:00 with the harmonic development.
Definitely Satie and good melodic improv with the second piece.

Beemer, lots of real expressiveness in both.

Tim, love your signature walk to the piano! Two of my favorites. Have you tried “Ruby My Dear”? Not as well known, but even more beautiful for me. I liked the version of Jimney Cricket’s classic. Those Disney songs were often deep and deserved interpretation. Well done on both.

Pianist 685. I enjoyed this. A very rich melody by Hoagy. Have you heard his “Baltimore Oriole.”? He definitely was on a different trajectory,

Handyman, both tunes played very sensitively. Lovely.

Ed, you know, tho Monk is a core guy for me somehow I missed this one! I like that you use backup beats. Would love to see you extend to more arranging as you sometimes do. Real easy and affordable on an iPad.

Lots of Monkishness this month and well done by all.

See if you hear T. Sphere’s influence in this track I made last night, all based on a split midi piano bass track.

https://soundcloud.com/michael-levy-387395070/tingler-1

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Re: March Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt] #2824319
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IosPlayer - very intersting Mike, that's really 'out there' , Ornette Coleman meets the ABF. So a couple of questions , who/what is T.Sphere and are you playing the bass part at the same time as the melody line?

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Originally Posted by jazztpt
IosPlayer ... who/what is T.Sphere ...


Sphere was Monk's middle name. In the days of LPs, I had an album cover with his full name spelled out on it.

Michael, you are certainly adept at creating unusual sounds. Like Monk's works, your piece seems very angular, with lines that make total sense but keep me recalculating where the tonal center is. Very interesting, as usual.

Ed


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Originally Posted by jazztpt
IosPlayer ... who/what is T.Sphere ...


Sphere was Monk's middle name. In the days of LPs, I had an album cover with his full name spelled out on it.

Michael, you are certainly adept at creating unusual sounds. Like Monk's works, your piece seems very angular, with lines that make total sense but keep me recalculating where the tonal center is. Very interesting, as usual.

Ed


Thanks Ed, I must admit to not being a great fan of Monk which may be why I didn't get the T.Sphere reference.
Might of been clearer to just say Monk !

Re: March Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt] #2824541
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Hi Jazztpt, most folks don’t know the “Sphere” part. Just a little tease for fun. Yes, I often play the bass simultaneously with a right hand melody and chords. Recently I got an app called MIDI Tools which allows me to do keyboard zones. So now I am able to record a discrete bass track whereas in the past it was all mixed together and much harder and more limiting to arrange,

Thanks for listening, Ed. You are not the first to use the word “angular” about my some of my stuff. It’s a very visual word, but I get it as in going off in an unexpected direction. Funny, this sounds almost old fashioned to me now. But fifty years ago how I longed to be able to do it!

Music is vast. Here is something very non angular...

https://soundcloud.com/michael-levy-387395070/west-wind-1


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IosPlayer - You little tease you!

Very pretty Mike , improvisation or composition ?

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Improvisation, jazztpt. Composition takes too long!


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Re: March Piano Bar [Re: IosPlayer] #2824844
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Originally Posted by IosPlayer
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Handyman, both tunes played very sensitively. Lovely...



Thanks Mike - but I only submitted one song so far this month - you might be thinking of Ian???


John

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Re: March Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt] #2830091
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I read in FB that it is Stephen Sondheim's 89th birthday today (wow!) -- and in honor of that, I'm resurrecting the March Piano Bar thread to feature two of his songs from a musical that really bombed on Broadway: "Merrily We Roll Along", in 1980. As it turned out, this was the last of the Hal Prince/Steven Sondheim collaborations, which was remarkably successful in the 70s, given that they took on what were considered challenging projects in the 1970s -- it started with "Company" (1970), then "Follies" (1971), then "A Little Night Music" (1973), then "Pacific Overtures" (1976), then "Sweeney Todd" (1978). It is generally felt that Sondheim's music was as strong as it ever was in those musicals , but the basic premise of the book, a story of a successful businessman in the entertainment world bemoaning his choices, going backward in time to his idealistic high school days, was just too sour in tone. I agree, though, that Sondheim provided some wonderful songs in that musical, and here is one of them: " Not a Day Goes By", a passionate love song between two of the protagonists.

Not a Day Goes By -- Stephen Sondheim

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And here is the second selection from "Merrily We Roll Along" -- a piece called "Old Friends", sung by the three main characters in the musical -- just the very embodiment of the Broadway up-tempo "hit"

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We'll try it again -- here is a piece from Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along" called "Old Friends", featured somewhere in the middle of the backwards-in-time narrative. I think it's the very embodiment of an up-tempo Broadway number. Why does it remind me of Stravinsky -- like a lot of Sondheim?

Old Friends -- Stephen Sondheim

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3 songs by Stephen Sondheim, just wonderful, thanks, Tim. My favourite Sondheim is "Send in the clowns". Stravinsky, hmm, I would not say so.

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