In Memory of Elizabeth Reed

I am still exploring of the music of the Allman Brothers Band.

In Memory of Elizabeth Reed  was one the ABB’s instrumental jam numbers. It is the fourth track on the group’s 1970 album Idlewild South. Composed by Dickey Betts, it is the first instrumental written by a bandmember, and the first of several that Betts would write and become popular. The song is named after a headstone Betts saw at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Georgia a place frequented by band members in their early days to relax and write songs.

The original is quite clearly jazz-influenced. My arrangement, while pushing things even further into the jazz realm, is very much in the spirit of the original, and is set for guitar, bass, drums, and piano. As usual, I played the guitar and bass parts while using Sibelius/midi to compose/program the others.

 

allman-brothers-band

July 20, 2014 at 8:40 am 1 comment

Ramblin Man

Here I am continuing my exploration of the music of the Allman Brothers Band.

Ramblin Man was the ABB’s only top ten single, topping out at number two on the charts. Written by Dickie Betts, it was released in 1973, about two years after Duane’s death.

My arrangement, while instrumental, is very much in the spirit of the original, and is set for guitar, bass, drums, piano and organ. As usual, I played the guitar and bass parts while using Sibelius/midi to compose/program the others.

 

allman-brothers-band

July 15, 2014 at 2:41 pm 2 comments

Grub A La Burg

This is my latest track. It’s in a funk/fusion style, set for guitar, piano, bass and drums. As usual, I played the guitar and bass parts and used Sibelius/midi to compose/program the keyboard and drums parts.

 

July 12, 2014 at 2:09 pm Leave a comment

Evitative

This tune is a little different, and as such, I’m not actually sure how well it works. Maybe you can let me know.

I set out with some goals for it, which I met it terms of structure and content. Whether it is pleasant to hear I am not sure yet.

The style is jazzy/smooth jazzy – maybe a little bit new-age/ambient.

July 4, 2014 at 7:11 pm 2 comments

Taco Cat Part II

This track is development of some of the ideas originally explored in my tune Taco Cat. I have therefore decided to title it Taco Cat – Part II.

It is essentially a  mashup of classic-rock style funk riffs. The instrumental setting and style (Guitar, Bass Drums, B-3)  also recalls early Deep Purple — at least for me.

As usual, I played the guitar and bass parts, and relied on midi for the organ and drums.

There certainly isn’t anything groundbreaking going on here, but I think it’s fun.

 

taco-cat

June 27, 2014 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

Jessica

This is my second cover of an Allman Brothers’ tune. One of the things I really like about them is the instrumentals, and Jessica certainly is a classic. This arrangement is pretty loyal to the Allman’s version.

So much is going on that I needed to add an additional keyboard part to my usual practice of guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. As usual, I played the guitar and bass parts and programmed the drum and keyboard parts.

 

Nash Les Paul

June 11, 2014 at 11:30 am Leave a comment

Maiden Voyage Take II

I might also call this ‘Deep Purple does Herbie Hancock’.

This new recording of Maiden Voyage is based on a recording I did a couple of years ago, when I first started playing around with setting jazz standards over a rock feel.

However, this version takes things quite a bit further down the road to good, old-fashioned 60′s style hard rock, with the setting for guitar, B-3, bass and drums.

 

June 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm 1 comment

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