What Record Are You Listening To Today?

(Hayden Hill) #265

Lovely album Yves… I always enjoy listening to Bill Evans accompanying vocalists.

He has such a soft and subtle touch… always the perfect amount of harmonic support.

This is completely unrelated, but you may find it interesting, Bill Evans accompanying himself to the tune “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”:

I love the dissonant voicings he plays.


(James Lambie) #266

In honour of the new Brazilian course’s arrival, am listening to my favourite Brazilian band. Around for over four decades and still recording and releasing amazing stuff now, and touring (with Marcos Valle). How about that for a work ethic?

(Hayden Hill) #267

Awesome record James… love the vibe.

Reminds me a little of St Germain the French producer. I believe his genre is nu-jazz.

This record is a little funkier… i like it. :+1:

I imagine there is a lot of crossover between Funk and Latin/Brazilian styles.

(James Lambie) #268

I love this version (though it’s a tribute to A Night In Tunisia really) - I gave a vote to covering this in lessons in the future. I love Herbie Hancock’s solo here and of course the vocals by the irrepressible Ms Chaka Khan:

(Hayden Hill) #269

Awesome thanks James… nice recording.

I will speak with our team of teachers and figure out who is best to create a tutorial and arrangement.


(Pierre) #270

wow lovely groove )) thanks for all your sharing James …
discovering funk jazz recently even my 50th years ) really so fun to play … and on bass too ) … coooollll :sunglasses::sunglasses::sunglasses:

love the mix of electric and acoustic piano …

lets share some of my favourites
love this album Bex Emmanuel B2Bill …

(Pierre) #271

Fred Hersch and his melodic and counterpoint mastering… those 2 are my favourite … fresh and deep music … and his touch of piano …

i have the chance to meet him in a music workshop in south of France , very kind and humble person… and so insight music … impressive

(Pierre) #272

this young bassist with lovely arrangement
more on the funk side but with some jazzy touch

and this old one

…this may inspire you james

(Hayden Hill) #273

Interesting Pierre, I haven’t seen these modern tributes before… thanks for sharing.

One of my favourite albums of Bill’s is his album “From Left to Right” released in 1970 . He is playing both the acoustic grand, and a fender rhodes simultaneously.

And my absolute favourite record is that album is his rendition of “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life”:

(James Lambie) #274

Awesome, thanks Hayden!

(James Lambie) #275

Hey @Pierrot - thanks for these! :smiley:

(Hayden Hill) #276

@james505545 … this is now my favorite jazz funk recording - along with “Rodney Franklin - The Groove” a close second place - both fantastic grooves :sunglasses:

Our next new teacher will be a funk specialist - I’ve spoken with a few funk teachers, but not yet found the right fit for PianoGroove for various reasons.

I have most of this month free whilst I’m back in the UK visiting family, and my priority is creating some more beginner tutorials for the beginner-end of the syllabus where many of our students want more content.

My other priority is to headhunt our funk specialist. My aim is to have someone in place this year. I’m very confident I can achieve this.

I’ll post updates as soon as it materialises.

(James Lambie) #277

Jazz funk is quite a broad genre, but The Crusaders and Rodney Franklin are definitely up there with the best examples of it! I had an idea of making my own standards list based upon the broader genre as a whole!

(Hayden Hill) #278

Yes I think that’s a great idea James.

I was thinking that it would be nice to have dedicated sections for different genres.

This thread, of course, is for whatever records we’re currently listening to - so it includes any genre.

However, I also think it would be nice to have these kinds of threads divided by genre so that we can easily find lists of specific styles.

The Next Round Of Forum Work

The next round of development work on the forum will be on the ‘Category’ aspect of the community area.

Discourse - the system that powers this community/forum - has lots of potential which we are not currently using to it’s fullest potential. We have a couple of super talented developers who do the forum work and I’m excited to work with them more as soon as we have the time/resources.


You can see how I introduced threads on my own favourite musicians.

I think a ‘higher-level genre approach’ will be awesome too.


(Hayden Hill) #279

I like to start my day listening to a few numbers by Red Garland. He has such a soft and delicate touch which still swings like crazy. Here’s a great tune:

The Red Garland Trio - ‘Please Send Me Someone To Love’

Red Garland (piano)
Paul Chambers (bass)
Art Taylor (drums)

The whole album “Red Garlands Piano” is worth checking it if you like his style.

(Pierre) #280

What are you doing the rest of your life is such a lovely song :star_struck: :heart_eyes:

romantic and sweet … the movie have his own color too , i just watch it those last days … and make the song sound even deeper … the mood of this song really fit so much with the movie … Michel Legrand is really a great composer and this is one his master piece.

thanks for making me discovering it and your arrangement so lovely too… i am under the spell of it :sunglasses::sunglasses:

(Hayden Hill) #281

Yes Pierre, that tune is one of my favourites.

Also listen to this version. Listen to how Bill and his trio change the dynamic at 2:19:

Bill ‘straightened out the 8th note’ meaning that his style of swing is a little ‘straighter’ than those before him.

He was a pioneer and the one person who piqued my interest in jazz many years ago.

He will always be one of my main inspirations despite now that I’m exploring earlier musicians such as Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, and Bud Powell.

The above recording is absolute geniuses at work! I love it from the bottom of my heart :heart_eyes:

We cover that tune by the way, it’s in this course:


It’s a 3 part video.


(Hayden Hill) #282

Yes he is.

He is known for creating challenging harmonies in his music and compositions.

They are all difficult (but very enjoyable :wink:) to play.

Using “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life” as an example… he moves through the some of the ‘brighter’ major keys in the bridge (A Major, E Major) - keys that are not common in jazz standards.

Do some research into his relationship with Bill Evans… the 2 of them collaborated. I find it interesting to research the history around the music.


(Scott Foll) #283

I’ve been listening to Larry Golding’s Awareness (1997), There’s some good stuff here. The trio is rounded out by Larry Grenadier on bass and Paul Motian on drums. Not bad when you can get one of Bill Evans’ drummers backing you.


(please, listen all… she was incredible…)