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Handyman - wonderful music, so pure in the harmony I’ve had 3 listens so far and got hold of a lead sheet. From little ole England I can almost see the wagons heading west.

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Handyman,

A beautiful evocative melody. I understand that Jay wrote it whilst sitting in a tepee. It has strain parts that are so familiar to us Scots.

Well played!

Ian


Thanks Ian - it is a very evocative and haunting melody in the style of a Scottish lament - this piano arrangement is really nice and is very satisfying to play - in the documentary it appears in part many times and sounds incredibly beautiful there since it is performed on a solo violin (or fiddle) joined by a guitar and bass in it's later stages - the theme music for the deservedly popular BBC murder mystery program "Shetland" is very similar in sound and feel - I'm sure you're probably very familiar with both the program and it's music (and the Islands)...


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IosPlayer - well it doesn't sound like Skylark................... however it does sound amazing and once again you have blown me away. Simply an amazing soundscape and so far away from any concept I have of composition. The build up to the climax at the end, the changing textures, the flow , just fantastic.

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Thanks so much Jazztpt. I’m glad you liked it so well. My stuff is a bit of an ear stretch at times, but at least one outlier is tolerable, no? Of course, I think you are to be congratulated in being able to make that leap. Not many are even willing to stray from their favorite genres.

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Handyman, excellent playing of that haunting tune. It (and the solemn reading of the Gettysburg Address) really packed an emotional wallop to the Civil War series. Tunes come and tunes go, but this one will be remembered.

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IosPlayer, what a musical adventure. Here and there, something that reminds me of Cecil Taylor, or Stockhausen. Not your typical piano bar stuff, that's for sure, but interesting and appealing. Well done!

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Hi, folks! Catching up on a couple more submissions --

Iosplayer -- Well, "Freaking Atude" is indeed all of that -- a combination of etude and attitude! The introductory material evoked for me background music for a 1940s Film Noir movie, but then it morphed into a late 1950s - early 60s free form jazz improvisation. It started out as purely atonal, but then settled into a predominantly tonal framework -- which IMO separates it from Cecil Taylor's efforts, which for me anyway was resolutely atonal from beginning to end. I thought it was closer to, say, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, or Eric Dolphy, although I suspect there were jazz pianists at that time who did much the same thing. Very gripping and dramatic -- thoroughly satisfying from beginning to end. Besides your expert change in colors, I was fascinated by the drums, providing rhythmic gestures which did not match the flow above it.

Handyman -- I've always been a big fan of "Ashokan Farewell", and more generally, Americana; in particular, Appalachian folk music. And I would say that genre was predominantly informed by folk music from the British Isles, which explains its pronounced Celtic flavor (which I also love). Thanks for sharing it!

Variations on "The Black Dress"

In the interests of shameless self-promotion, and following up on the Americana theme, here is a variations I wrote 30 years ago on a piece by John Jacob Niles -- a composer and singer/performer who lived in Kentucky and spent the bulk of his time collecting and arranging Appalachian folk tunes. The piece is entitled "The Black Dress", the lyric of which, like many others, depicts a sorrowing woman pining for her lost love. It's a beautiful tune -- hope you like it!

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Tim,
Both the original and the composer are completely unknown to me, but I looked him up and was surprised to see several songs that I am aware of and love. JJN songs are listed as
THE BLACK DRESS
BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY TRUE LOVE'S HAIR
THE BLUE MADONNA
CALM IS THE NIGHT
CARELESS LOVE
THE CAROL OF THE BIRDS
EVENING
THE FLOWER OF JESSE
GO 'WAY FROM MY WINDOW
I WONDER AS I WANDER
JESUS, JESUS REST YOUR HEAD
THE LASS FROM THE LOW COUNTREE
LITTLE BLACK STAR
THE LOTUS BLOOM
MY LOVER IS A FARMER LAD
REWARD
RIBBON BOW
THE ROBIN AND THE THORN
SWEET LITTLE BOY JESUS
UNUSED I AM TO LOVERS
WAYFARING STRANGER
WHAT SONGS WERE SUNG
WHEN I GET UP INTO HEAVEN
THE WILD RIDER
THE ROVIN' GAMBLER
THE GAMBLER'S LAMENT
THE GAMBLER'S WIFE (BY-LOW)
GAMBLER, DON'T YOU LOSE YOUR PLACE
GAMBLER'S SONG OF THE BIG SANDY RIVER
THE CHERRY-TREE
LULLE LULLAY
DOWN IN YON FOREST
JESUS THE CHRIST IS BORN
THE SEVEN JOYS OF MARY
SEE JESUS THE SAVIOUR

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Thanks, Tim. I found your observations spot on. The drum tracks do have a certain counterpoint and off oneness. Part of that is because I record to a metronomic beat and add the drums afterward. The drum apps sync with the DAW app and it lines up, but sometimes the one is not the one and that leads to some interesting results as it did on this one. I listen closely that the drums are on the best mostly, but the one... well, it's only jazz and I like the incongruity.

Handyman, nice iteration of a unique piece. I've watched The Burns epic several times and never grew tired of the melody. Sometimes it is just got. He got it and so did you.

Here is one that is straight on down the road.... to make amends for bringing a small orchestra into the piano bar...

https://soundcloud.com/michael-levy-387395070/my-love-supreme

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Tim - The Black Dress - beautiful tune , beautiful music, great arrangment and playing, all in all a great listen.

IosPlayer - That doesn't sound like Skylark either ! However we have morphed into a proper jazz bar. Wow I mean wow ! Loved the bit where the sax doubles the piano, thought I was listening to Keith Jarrett and Dewey Redman with Charlie Haden on bass.
(By the way Mike this is not really a leap for me, 30 years ago I was very into this sort of improvised music, these days I listen to everything from Loius Armstrong to Delius ,depending on my mood [ though I must admit, excluding pop music and rap] )

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Does anyone know what happened to BillM who used to contribute vocals here on a regular basis? Hopefully not illness...


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Originally Posted by Handyman
Does anyone know what happened to BillM who used to contribute vocals here on a regular basis? Hopefully not illness...


Good question. I miss him and his style.

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Thank you so much, Tim. Those are great musicians to be associated with! I guess I am stretching the limits of the piano bar’s tolerance. So here is another rule breaker. It is a piano track... I just turned the piano midi info into a Spanish guitar. All is fair in love and software....

https://soundcloud.com/michael-levy-387395070/andalusian-doggie


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