Posts filed under ‘Jazz’

Naima

Naima” is a jazz ballad composed by John Coltrane in 1959 and named after his wife, Juanita Naima Grubbs. It first appeared on the landmark album Giant Steps and is notable for its use of a variety of rich chords over a bass pedal.

My  version uses classic rock instrumentation and has a rock feel.

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December 4, 2017 at 8:12 pm Leave a comment

One World One Word

“One World One Word” is an original, instrumental smooth-jazz ballad. For many years, smooth jazz and fusion were the main styles in which I worked.  If you visit my artist page at CD Baby, you can see some of the albums I released over the years. You might also try my artist page on Spotify.

 

October 8, 2017 at 11:03 am Leave a comment

Ten Weeks

“Ten Weeks” is an original jazz-rock-funk fusion track.

September 30, 2017 at 12:10 pm 1 comment

Nivram

“Nivram” (Marvin spelled backwards) was a track from the Shadows 1961 album “The Shadows” — the first album release, which went to #1 on the UK album charts.

Writing credit for “Nivram” is given to Bruce Welch, Hank Marvin and Jet Harris. It is a swing jazz tune.

 

September 26, 2017 at 7:08 pm Leave a comment

Round Midnight

Round Midnight” is a jazz standard composed by pianist Thelonious Monk. Primarily performed as a slow ballad, it is one of the most recorded jazz compositions ever.

I have given it an instrumental setting incorporating stylistic elements of jazz and sixties rock.

September 4, 2017 at 5:43 pm Leave a comment

Stella by Starlight

Stella by Starlight” was composed as an instrumental by Victor Young, drawing from thematic material composed for the main title and soundtrack of the 1944 Paramount Pictures film, The Uninvited. It appeared in the film’s underscore as well as in source music as an instrumental theme song without lyrics. Lyricist Ned Washington wrote the lyrics for it in 1946.

“Stella by Starlight” is one of the most popular standards of all time, recorded by countless vocalists and jazz players. My instrumental arrangement is in the style of a guitar rock-band ballad/slow dance.

September 4, 2017 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

Chuloe

“Chuloe” is a rumination and tribute to jazz guitarist/composer/producer Chuck Loeb, who passed away from cancer earlier this week.

Although I don’t consider him a major influence on my own work, I was an enormous admirer of his. One of the hallmarks of his music — no matter his role — was a perfect balance of taste, clarity, and virtuosity.

I will miss him.

August 3, 2017 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

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