Posts filed under ‘Straight-ahead jazz’

I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face

“I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face”, from the Lerner & Lowe musical “My Fair Lady”, is such a beautiful tune. BTW, please do not mistakenly think the title is actually “I’ve Thrown a Custard in Your Face”.

August 8, 2015 at 3:15 pm Leave a comment

Green Dolphin Street

“Green Dolphin Street” has been a staple of the straight-ahead jazz repertoire ever since Miles recorded it back in 1958. My arrangement is in a smooth-jazz vein, and I think it works pretty well. Great tune.

August 7, 2015 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

Feverish 8 years later

This is a tune I wrote and first recorded almost 8 years ago. While going through some older material, I re-discovered it, and thought I’d take another crack at it.

February 20, 2015 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

Blues for K. B.

My latest recording is a tribute to one of my favorite jazz guitarists, Kenny Burrell.

 

February 13, 2015 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

Over the Rainbow

Here is a live recording with my friend Stephanie Swan. Just voice and guitar:

January 30, 2015 at 5:44 pm Leave a comment

I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face

This is such a wonderful song from the classic musical, My Fair Lady. The melody and the changes are just beautiful, and the lyrics truly touching.

I felt the need to do one last thing before the semester starts on Monday. There isn’t much to this short solo, chord-melody arrangement, but I do think it is pretty.

[audio http://home.comcast.net/~drahcir.nilknarf/music/AccustomedToHerFace.mp3]

 

*** Click here for transcription of arrangement ***

I’ve grown accustomed to her face
She almost makes the day begin
I’ve grown accustomed to the tune
She whistles night and noon

Her smiles, her frowns, her ups and downs
Are second nature to me now
Like breathing out and breathing in

I was serenely independent and content before we met
Surely I could always be that way again and yet
I’ve grown accustomed to her looks
Accustomed to her voice, accustomed to her face

She’s second nature to me now
Like breathing out and breathing in
I’m very grateful she’s a woman and so easy to forget

Rather like a habit one can always break and yet
I’ve grown accustomed to the trace of something in the air
Accustomed to her face

January 3, 2015 at 7:34 am Leave a comment

Cry Me A River

I really like this song, especially as originally recorded by Julie London backed by jazz great Barney Kessell, one of my guitar heroes and also a member of the Wrecking Crew.

I have been working with my friend, Stephanie Swan, on  a number of guitar/voice arrangements, and this is our first recording. Hopefully many more will follow.

This totally live effort features Stephanie handling the vocals while I am basically covering Kessell’s guitar backing.

[audio http://home.comcast.net/~drahcir.nilknarf/music/CryMeARiverLive.mp3]

December 19, 2014 at 7:38 pm 2 comments

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