The closest thing I’ve heard to a solo arrangement of this tune is Kenny Drew’s performance.
For the 1st 1.5 minutes he plays solo, and then his trio joins in. Check it out here:
The YouTube version cuts off towards the end, the full version is here on Spotify:
Some beautiful block chord harmony to start and lovely inner voice movement throughout… very much my cup of tea!
Kenny Drew was a wonderful pianist. I love his improv style, quite sharp and pronounced in places but still played with a delicate touch.
His son also - Kenny Drew Jr - was an extremely virtuosic and talented pianist. Unfortunately he passed away unexpectedly a few years back which was sad to see the end of such talent at a relatively young age. His recordings are worth checking out too.
We can definitely cover this tune, leave it with me
Beautifully unique Bryan… just what I love about jazz!
Thanks for sharing.
I’m just finalising the arrangement for this tune, I’ll be recording it when I wake up tomorrow. I’ve drawn influence from many of the recordings in this thread.
I really hope it doesn’t disappoint… firstly it’s a hard tune to arrange. Secondly, this thread now contains recordings of the tune by many of the greatest jazz piano players to ever live which is awesome, but I’m a mere mortal and these guys are the giants of the jazz world!
Anyhow I’ve put a lot of work into it so hopefully, it will be useful.
Stupidly I hadn’t allowed .mid file extension upload to the forum. I’ve just changed the settings so that students can upload midi files moving forwards.
In other news, it’s an exciting day for me… I’ve met a talented blues/soul pianist who is interested in teaching on PianoGroove.
He’ll be arriving here shortly and I’m going to record this lesson in front of him so he can see how it works. The idea is for him to be teaching on PianoGroove ASAP which is exciting.
I’ll get this tutorial edited and published asap, in the mean time take another listen to the recordings above and try and spot the bits of inspiration that I’ve taken from each. The Barry Harris recording was my favourite as you will probably hear.
It’s also in the same key which makes it easier from a transcription standpoint.
Simply beautiful. I love your arrangement. This melody is so beautiful that I hate it being overplayed. I love it played lyrically, not straying too far from the melody. Of all the arrangements on this page I enjoy yours the most. Honestly, it makes me melt. Can’t wait to dive into it.
Wow, so lovely. LOVE that Stephan Grapelli / Tyner video. Which would also be a good example in any lesson on accompaniment. McCoy Tyner is so smooth in the background and the comping phrasing so nice and clean Thanks for the piano arrangement and lesson Hayden. Sweet song.
Thanks for sharing that Tyner / Grapelli piece. Bryan.