Posts filed under ‘Straight-ahead jazz’

Angels We Have Heard on High

Here we have the third new recording of the 2014 holiday season, the traditional carol “Angels We Have Heard on High”. I’ve given it a jazz-samba treatment.

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

 

December 15, 2014 at 7:50 am Leave a comment

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

So this is the second new recording of the 2014 holiday season, the traditional carol “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”.

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

 

This arrangement is similar to one I did a few years ago, but this one adds a piano part and an extended solo section. The basic feel is sort of a 1960’s light jazz vibe owing quite a bit to Wes Montgomery..

December 10, 2014 at 7:22 pm Leave a comment

Bright Size Life

Pat Metheny is one of the guitarists and musicians that I hold in the highest regard. Besides being  a great player and leader, he is one of jazz’ greatest composers as well. Bright Size Life is the title track of his debut album, released in 1976 on ECM, when Metheny was only 21. The album features Jaco Pastorius on bass.

I’ve recorded and released this composition before, but thought I’d take another crack at it in a quartet format. Mainly I just wanted to create some new backing tracks for myself so that I could play it more regularly.

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

 

September 28, 2014 at 7:17 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.

[audio http://home.comcast.net/~drahcir.nilknarf/music/fusion/MaidenVoyageB3.mp3]

 

June 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm 1 comment

Cry Me a River


This is my new arrangement and recording of the 50’s heart-breaker,
Cry Me a River.

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It was written by Arthur Hamilton and first published in 1953, and made famous in the version by Julie London, 1955.

A jazzy blues ballad, “Cry Me a River” was originally written for Ella Fitzgerald to sing in the 1920s-set film, Pete Kelly’s Blues (released 1955), but the song was dropped. Fitzgerald first released a recording of the song on Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! in 1961. The song’s first release was by actress/singer Julie London in 1955, backed by Barney Kessel on guitar and Ray Leatherwood on bass. A performance of the song by London in the 1956 film The Girl Can’t Help It helped to make it a bestseller.

This is a clip of the original Julie London hit as featured in the movie:

A somewhat different version was a staple of Joe Cocker on his Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour:

 

November 17, 2013 at 8:22 am Leave a comment

Herbie Hancock’s “Dolphin Dance”

This recording is of my new arrangement of Herbie Hancock’s classic tune. I hope you dig it and please share!

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October 29, 2013 at 9:49 am Leave a comment

Pent-up House

One of the things I like to do is take a jazz standard an put it over a rock feel. That’s what we have here; Sonny Rollins classic “Pent-up House” done rock-style.

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July 22, 2013 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

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