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One Note Samba

This is my instrumental arrangement of “One Note Samba”, which was composed by the great Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. It was first recorded as a vocal by Joao Gilberto with Portuguese lyrics by Newton Mendonça for his 1960 album “in 1960 for his album O Amor, o Sorriso e a Flor“. The English lyrics were later written by Jon Hendricks.

It is considered a Jazz standard and has been recorded by countless vocalists and instrumentalists.

September 25, 2020 at 7:18 am Leave a comment

Wave

This is my arrangement of “Wave”, which was composed by the great Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. It was first recorded as an instrumental by Jobim for his 1967 album “Wave”. Jobim later wrote English lyrics which were subsequently used in recordings by Frank Sinatra and many others. The song has been recorded by over 500 different artists.

September 11, 2020 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

Meditation

This is my instrumental arrangement of “Meditation”, which was composed by the great Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim with Portuguese lyrics by  Newton Mendonça and English lyrics by Norman Gimbel. The first recording was by Brazilian singer/guitarist João Gilberto in 1960. It has been recorded by many other vocal and instrumental artists and is considered a jazz standard.

September 9, 2020 at 7:55 am Leave a comment

Pepper’s Blues

Pepper’s Blues” is an original 12-bar blues in a jazzy, swing, classic rock style. I played the guitar and bass parts (on screeen) and programmed the drum and organ parts.

September 5, 2020 at 7:33 am Leave a comment

All My Tomorrows

This is my instrumental cover of “All My Tomorrows“, a 1959 ballad with lyrics by Sammy Cahn and music by Jimmy van Heusen. The song was written for Frank Sinatra. It was introduced in the film “A Hole in the Head ” where Sinatra sings it in the opening credits.

August 24, 2020 at 8:05 am Leave a comment

Blue Bossa

This is my cover of “Blue Bossa”, composed by trumpeter Kenny Dorham and first recorded by Saxophonist Joe Henderson in 1963 for his album “Page One”. It is considered a jazz “standard”.

 

August 17, 2020 at 8:05 am 1 comment

Laura

This is my instrumental cover of the classic theme from the classic 1944 film “Laura”.

Laura is a 1944 American “film noir” produced and directed by Otto Preminger. It stars Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews. The American Film Institute named it one of the 10 best mystery films of all time.

The theme was composed by David Raskin. Inspired by a “Dear John” letter he received from his wife, Raskin composed the haunting theme, also entitled “Laura”, for which Johnny Mercer later wrote lyrics. It eventually became a jazz standard recorded by more than 400 artists.

August 10, 2020 at 7:45 am Leave a comment

Tenderly

This is an instrumental quartet arrangement of “Tenderly”.

First published in 1946 with music by Walter Gross and lyrics by Jack Lawrence. It has since become a popular jazz standard.

July 31, 2020 at 7:48 am Leave a comment

When Sunny Gets Blue

This is my instrumental cover of “When Sunny Gets Blue”. It was written by Marvin Fisher and Jack Segal, and became a jazz standard. The song was first recorded by Johnny Mathis and Ray Conniff and his Orchestra in 1956 as the “B side” to “Wonderful, Wonderful” and became a big hit inits own right.

July 29, 2020 at 8:02 am Leave a comment

Here’s That Rainy Day

This is a cover of “Here’s That Rainy Day“, a song with music by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Johnny Burke that was published in 1953. It was first introduced in the Broadway musical Carnival in Flanders. It is an “American Songbook” standard and has been recorded by countless vocal and instrumental artists in many genres.

July 27, 2020 at 7:33 am Leave a comment

Rosse Forp

“Rosse Forp” is an original instrumental intended to be in the style of the Shadows…more specifically in the “quasi-jazz” style of their tunes “Nivram” and “Dean’s Theme”.

July 17, 2020 at 8:06 am Leave a comment

Cast Your Fate to the Wind

This is my cover of “Cast Your Fate to the Wind”, an instrumental which was originally written and performed by jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi. His recording was a top-40 hit in 1963, reaching #22 and staying on the charts for 18 weeks.

Despite the its popularity and straight-forward nature, I could find no recordings by and instrumental guitar bands such as the Ventures or Shadows.

May 20, 2020 at 7:28 am Leave a comment

I Will Say Goodbye

This is my instrumental cover of “I Will Say Goodbye”, with music by Michel Legrand. The original French title was “Je Vivrai Sans Toi”. For my arrangement, I tried giving it a setting in the style of the Shadows.

 

May 2, 2020 at 7:35 am Leave a comment

Summertime

This is my instrumental version of “Summertime“, which was composed in 1934 by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess.  The song soon became a popular and much recorded jazz standard.

The Ventures included a cover on their 1962 album, “Mashed Potatoes and Gravy”, with Nokie Edwards playing the lead.

January 26, 2020 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

Corcovado

This is my instrumental version of “Corcovado” (known in English as “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars”) It was written by Antônio Carlos Jobim in 1960. An English lyric was later written by Gene Lees. The Portuguese title refers to the Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro.

January 25, 2020 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

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