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Re: March Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt] #2830530 03/23/19 04:50 PM
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Send in the Clowns -- Stephen Sondheim

I aim to please -- and so, here is the original piano arrangement of "Send in the Clowns", from "A Little Night Music", in 1973.
I remember getting into serious trouble regarding this song because I indicated that I disliked Judy Collins's cover -- this was regarded as utter blasphemy at that time!

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Re: March Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt] #2830553 03/23/19 06:11 PM
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Tim, great stuff. I could listen to you play Sondheim all day.

And tell you family we don't mind their chatting, makes it all seem kinda like home.

As for Stravinsky, Sondheim must have been listening to this section of Petrushka before he wrote that song. Wonderful music.

Petrushka

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Re: March Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt] #2830643 03/24/19 12:22 AM
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Thanks so much, Tim, that was really, really nice. What a perfect start into this Sunday. Great music.

Re: March Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt] #2830704 03/24/19 06:35 AM
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Tim - Got to agree with all of the above, marvelous.

Re: March Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt] #2830806 03/24/19 11:21 AM
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Tim - really nice playing on all the Sondheim pieces - and thanks for the reminder of all the musicals he brought to life thru the years with his fine music - I didn't even know about "Merrily..." shocked


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Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Tim Adrianson] #2830841 03/24/19 12:24 PM
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Tim,

Firstly I want to thank you for posting again late in the month. I was beginning to feel that our piano bar was only open for first, and not last orders 😦 I think that we should all remind ourselves that the bar is open every day of the month. I was reluctant to post again thinking that folk only might listen at full moon time. I'll therefore post another quite soon but due to other committments it might have to be in April.

Regarding your Sondheim tunes. He is not one of my favourite composers and certainly 'Not a Day Goes By' went by me without stopping. However 'Old Friends' made up for that. I did not know this music, but it is such a jaunty piece and you played it with great style. You really made lovely sentimental listening of 'Send in the Clowns'.

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Re: March Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt] #2830866 03/24/19 01:10 PM
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Tim, I missed your walking to the piano on Not a Day Goes By! Remember, branding!
Very nice rendering of Sondheim. Lest we forget, he writes lyrics quite nicely, too. A real genius. And still alive.

Here is a bit more homage to a genius no longer with us. A big influence on my music, T. Monk. I think I channeled him pretty well on this improv. Note that the guitar is just the piano midi part converted to a classical guitar app in BeatHawk. I tried to give it the feel of those great jazz recordings from the forties, like Charlie Parker on Dial.

https://soundcloud.com/michael-levy-387395070/messin-with-monk


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Re: March Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt] #2831165 03/25/19 08:32 AM
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Great to ear a few more submissions -- here are my comments:

jazztpt -- A beautifully proportioned "little gem" of an improvisation. Besides, Bill Evans's "Peace Piece", I recall playing Chick Corea's "Where Have I Known You Before", based on the same principle. I credit Frederic Chopin for "inventing" this type of composition -- his late "Berceuse", Op 57.

IosPlayer -- Three really fine submissions this month, IosPlayer -- I especially liked "Tingler", with the tradeoffs from instrument to instrument. "West Wind" came off for me as background music for some type of gentle story in rural America -- I loved the three-note motive with repeat, anchoring the entire improvisation so charmingly. And "Messin' with Monk" was indeed an effective channeling of his unique style -- so influential in the PostWar Bebop era. Thanks for sharing these!

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Sorry, Handyman, my comment was about Ian's pieces. I could not find your contribution, but, then again, I am headed for cataract surgery!

Thanks, Tim, these threads are always fun.


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Re: March Piano Bar [Re: Handyman] #2831500 03/26/19 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Handyman
Here's my contribution to the Bar this month - composed by the highly talented and very prolific team of Victor Young and Ned Washington for the 1949 film of the same name - it lost the Oscar award for best film song to (the now strangely controversial) "Baby, It's Cold Outside"...

Interesting side note: Washington wrote the lyrics for "When You Wish Upon a Star" and Young wrote the music for "When I Fall in Love", both heard here this month.



My Foolish Heart


Here you go Mike...

Last edited by Handyman; 03/26/19 06:42 AM.

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Re: March Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt] #2831625 03/26/19 01:14 PM
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Little cheesy tune I came up with the other day

https://youtu.be/NOB4G_zFCog



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Larry,

I get an error when trying to play your video.

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Re: March Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt] #2831718 03/26/19 06:13 PM
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Thank you very much, Handyman. Your heart may be foolish but you have a lot of it! I like that your music breathes and is never rushed. For me that is the core, even when playing fast. I wish I were better at that relaxed fast part, but, heck, I have only been at it sixty years. Very lovely. Glad I didn't miss it.


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Re: March Piano Bar [Re: IosPlayer] #2831859 03/27/19 06:03 AM
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Originally Posted by IosPlayer
...I like that your music breathes and is never rushed...


Thanks Mike - that's mostly because I'm old and tired and have "settled" into that pace - and also because my technique is rather, um, er, unsure...


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Re: March Piano Bar [Re: LarryShone] #2831893 03/27/19 08:45 AM
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Hi, Larry! Well, I didn't get any sense of "cheese" in the tune -- just a very simple, straightforward statement, nicely presented. And here I was expecting cocktail music, complete with upward arpeggios and phony emotion. Well, drat!

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Originally Posted by Tim Adrianson
... And here I was expecting cocktail music, complete with upward arpeggios and phony emotion...


So, "cocktail music" (whatever that really is) takes another shot to the solar plexis - it ought to be waving the white flag by now after so many years of brutal assault by it's many detractors - but just how does the "phony emotion" manifest itself? Is it in the music itself, or the way it's played (including with those upward arpeggios), or in the feigned painful expressions on the face of the pianist during it's performance (maybe caused in part by an empty tip jar)?


John

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Re: March Piano Bar [Re: jazztpt] #2833803 04/01/19 10:10 AM
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IosPlayer - well yes, very well channeled Mike, pretty unmistakable influnce here. Interesting sound with the mixed guitar patch. Absolute command of your concept I would say.

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LarryShone - some nice touches Larry, keep writing and creating, well done.

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