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Thought I'd open the September Piano Bar door with some background piano.

Here is a very short improvisation called, Interstices

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That improvisation was lovely, Glen. It's exactly what a piano bar is about and I felt like someone in a piano bar enjoying a tall, cool drink and listening to you play. I wish I could improvise like you do. It's really beautiful.

Here's a Clayderman piece I recorded last week. One of my favorite pieces.



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You love Clayderman! Always nice playing in your cozy looking home.


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Beautiful!

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Glen, as always that was an excellent improv. What a nice, relaxed swinging feel. Very expressive, but with the appearance of effortlessness. Loved that moody intro, too, nice harmonies!

Choo, lovely performance! Kind of sad, haunting, but with some drama, too. Your playing is very much in the Clayderman style, very appropriate. Impressive work on those difficult arpeggios!

My piece this month is In Your Own Sweet Way, a ballad written by jazz pianist Dave Brubeck in the early 1950s. According to his recollection, he composed it (plus another song) in less than half an hour, to win a bet with saxophonist Paul Desmond. Be that as it may, it is a much-loved jazz standard and has been recorded by many of the greats. I first heard it in the late 1950s and have always loved it. Jazz improvisers generally consider it to be a good vehicle for improvisation because of its interesting harmonies. I am playing the piano, but the bass and percussion parts are from a recorded backing track.

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Glen - An excellent improv with Interstices. I'm envious of the speed at which you can play those tasty licks while keeping the groove tight. Very, very nice.

Candlelightpiano - a beautiful, expressive job with the Clayderman piece. I'm always so impressed that you can play these pieces from memory.

Ed - I'm surprised that you had time to work on Your Own Sweet Way, when you did a different song for the GAS recital. And another tough one at that. Nice soloing throughout. Were you choosing between these two?


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Thanks, Candlelight, Ed, and Ken for the kind comments on the short improv.

Candlelight, I've not knowingly listened to Richard Clayderman before, but now that you've reintroduced him to me, I'll spend more time checking out his music. This piece seems quite sad and longing. You always play with great sensitivity and a strong connection to your piano; very beautiful.

Ed, here you go again, inspiring me to learn more music!. This is a fantastic tune and Dave Brubeck always gets my attention. This is very smooth and fluid playing - it must be a difficult tune to play, especially to get it to sound so clean. I like the connected lines you use. Your musical vocabulary is quite broad - really nice.


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here is my contribution to the bar this month, I just finished this piece so its still not polished but its all I got this month.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5ErS9Zoi_M&feature=youtu.be

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Sor: Your Schubert Impromptu was absolutely delightful. So expressive, sings so beautifully and your technique was brilliant. Bravo!

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Thanks DebussyChopin, Sor, Ed, Kenjazz and Glen for your comments. They mean a lot to me.

Ed: I enjoyed your piece very much. Lovely beat and so relaxing.

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Great little piece Glen. I love all the little turns you do with your right hand and that fun little stride with the left. All very cool.

Candlelight piano, a very pretty piece. I especially like the drama at about 1:45.

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Yor improv -is lovely!


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As I said on youtube -this performance has a lot of the hallmarks of a pro -the beautiful revelation of the melodic line -I love it that you savour every note -but don't lose the shape of each phrase -lovely.


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Originally Posted by candlelightpiano
Thanks DebussyChopin, Sor, Ed, Kenjazz and Glen for your comments. They mean a lot to me.

Ed: I enjoyed your piece very much. Lovely beat and so relaxing.

I like how the background windows show the cars and people passing by , and while set to the music, it kind of makes mundane their plight..sort of speak , for me. It puts an irony to it. Great music and I am glad you are recording hopping over to your piano still !


and great performances by the others as well.


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This piano bar is irresistible. It has become a regular stop for me.

Thank you, Glen, candlelightpiano, Ed, and Sor for these contributions, as well as for all your past offerings. I'm sure many more of us than just the ones who post comments come here and enjoy your music and are inspired by it.

Thanks again.


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Here is a new improvisation! This one is good, I promise!

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Originally Posted by Peyton
Candlelight piano, a very pretty piece. I especially like the drama at about 1:45.


smile I like your description very much! Thanks.

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As I said on youtube -this performance has a lot of the hallmarks of a pro -the beautiful revelation of the melodic line -I love it that you savour every note -but don't lose the shape of each phrase -lovely.


You make my day! smile Thank you.

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Originally Posted by debussychopin
I like how the background windows show the cars and people passing by , and while set to the music, it kind of makes mundane their plight..sort of speak , for me. It puts an irony to it. Great music and I am glad you are recording hopping over to your piano still !

and great performances by the others as well.


You're too funny! laugh I would never have considered all that. Thank you.

Thanks, too, Raubucho, for your kind comments.

TEODOR: Fascinating improvisation. Menacing and dramatic in many parts. I enjoyed it very much.

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Sor, that was absolutely superb! A beautiful selection, which I really love, played with impressive pianistic skill and feeling. Quite a lot to memorize, too. IMHO, you play like a gifted musician who has been taking lessons for ten years from an topnotch teacher, not like a self taught person who has learned mostly from Youtube videos. I hope you continue to participate here, and that you also join us in the recitals.

Teodor, that was very original and quite lovely. Very lyrical melodies, intriguing harmonies, fascinatingly Bartokish in places (really). Good recording, too; I'm sure you weren't playing that old piano on the beach! Well done, more please!

Ken, Glen, Choo, Ralph, debussychopin, thanks for listening to my piece/commenting.


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