What Record Are You Listening To Today?

(Hayden Hill) #297

I always try to post the YouTube link for ease of access by everyone, but I can’t find this version on YouTube.

Eddie Harris - In A Sentimental Mood (Solo Piano)

Such a beautiful recording :star_struck:

(Pierre) #298

+1 for a cool funk teacher )

iTs Eddie Higgins … :slight_smile: another style too than Barry Harris and even from Eddie Harris who seems to be a jazzfunk sax player

(Scott Foll) #299

I’ve been listening to Andrea Motis recently. Her voice fascinates me. The song linked here was recorded when she was fifteen or sixteen. (She’s now around 23.) She plays trumpet and sax and began around age 11 with a jazz artist and educator from Catalunya (Spain), Joan Chamorro, multi-instrumentalist playing bass here. Anything he does is worth a listen. He has a youth jazz group as well as his own various groups and big bands. Besides traditional standards, his various groups do a lot of Latin rhythms as well. Well worth a listen for those in the bossa nova class. The pianist is Ignasi Terraza. Scott Hamilton is on sax here.

(Hayden Hill) #300

Wonderful recording Scott, what a fantastic talent!

Her vocal style reminds me a little of Cher Baker’s recording of this tune. I love Chet’s solo here:

We also have a jazz standard lesson on that tune, it’s one of my favourites actually, lovely harmonies to play around with:


(Ariel Jupiter) #301

I got a record of Ahmad Jamal - Jamal Plays Jamal. This is a beautiful record/album.

(Ariel Jupiter) #302

I bought today a record by Andrew Hill named “Passing Ships”. Andrew Hill’s style is very unique in my opinion and his quite underrated pianist in 50’s 60’s jazz scene.

Other recommended albums: Point of departure, Compulsion, Black Fire, Andrew !!!

(James Lambie) #303

I have loved this Brazilian fusion tune for many years - it is so atmospheric and slightly moody, but also incredibly warm. And Flora’s discography is amazing. What a lovely surprise to then find out recently it was co-written by one Jovino Santos Neto!

(Scott Foll) #304

This is from an album that I keep coming back to, “Weak” from Gretchen Parlato’s album Live in NYC. Her voice is haunting, and this group is very tight. I’ve also been listening to the pianist Taylor Eigsti’s albums on Apple Music. I think we’re going to hear a lot more of him in the future. (Also been listening to a lot of Wynton Kelly, but that’s another post. :slight_smile: )

(James Lambie) #305

(Hayden Hill) #306

Red Garland Trio - C Jam Blues

I had an hour drive earlier and indulged in some Red Garland Trio recordings, this was my favourite of what I heard:

Brilliant syncopation in his lines and great use of repeated single notes.

For me his playing is instantly recognisable within hearing a few notes of the recording. Wonderfully delicate lines with the strong sense of swing that is so synonymous with his style of improvisation.

I also love Red’s left hand comping under his solos… lot’s of Charleston Rhythm … so light but so right.

Then of course his infamous “Red Garland Voicing” - I love that sound so much… such a ‘cheery’ and happy chord voicing:


(Hayden Hill) #307

Love the solo on this James… it would be great to study his left hand comping patterns under his solo… awesome recording :sunglasses:

(Michael J Albanese) #308

i had the opportunity to see Tyler Eigst live in a very small (100 person) theater. Amazing talent, a lot of high energy original music, but he could crank a gew jazz standards… go see him if you can


(Lisa Cogan) #309

I think this a gorgeous version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

(Hayden Hill) #310

Yes what a lovely performance Lisa!

Notice that he uses some material from the Bridge for his intro… that’s a nice way to introduce the tune which I also like to use.

It’s also nice how he changes to a swing feel at 2:12 which is a great way to add some energy to ballad performances.

Introduce Yourself Here! :earth_americas:
(Hayden Hill) #311

I’ve been listening to Duke Ellington’s haunting ballad “In A Sentimental Mood” since including the tune in my recent masterclass on Reharmonising Stepwise Melodies.

I have been compiling a Spotify playlist for the tune here:

There’s only 3 records in there at the moment but I will be adding more.

The Eddie Higgins version is delightful, love his fills and melodic embellishments - and his solo is sublime :star_struck: i’m going to transcribe it all when I get the time.

Then there’s the Hank Jones/Tommy Flanagan duo version which has a wonderful introduction which I’m also going to transcribe and study. I’m always amazed when 2 pianists play over a standard together. It must take such discipline to complement, enhance, and not overpower each other when 2 pianos are in the same room. I need to listen to this recording for a lot longer to take it all in… there’s so much beautiful stuff going on between those 2 giants of the jazz world.

And finally the Piano Trane version has some lovely blues licks and fills which I like. The blues material has a very bright and soulful quality which is cool. Not my typical style of playing, but I’d like to learn some more about that kind of sound and this tune is perfect to study/apply it to… lots of minor harmony and space to fill.

Overall the Eddie Higgins version is my favourite. Such a brilliant performance.

(Scott Foll) #312

I came across a very fine album, Song of Delilah–The Music of Victor Young by the Cedar Walton Trio. It’s definitely worth a listen.

Here is his version of “Beautiful Love.” (“My Foolish Heart” and “Golden Earrings” are also nice.)

(James Lambie) #313

Just beautiful, will break it down when I have more time, but sounds essentially a minor 12 bar blues in its set-up:

(Hayden Hill) #314

Great record Scott… love his embellishments on the melody in head of the tune. Such subtle things, but add so much character to the performance.

The solo would be nice to transcribe from, the sound quality of the record is very clear, and aside from the fast run at 2:38, there is nothing overly virtuosic in Cedar’s solo.

@LoriNelson - you mentioned to me you were working on this tune… this recording may be of interest for transcribing from :+1:

(Hayden Hill) #315

Nice… I must listen to more of Trane’s music, particularly his own compositions.

I enjoyed the comping under the sax solo, simple but effective and also with a solid groove which allows Trane to be a little freer with his melodic phrasing. Beautiful.

A wonderful teacher of mine once said the following to me once:

take any jazz record, listen to it normally as you usually would, then listen to it again but just focusing in on one of the instruments. For example, just listen intently to the piano, then next focus intently on the bass, and just focus intently on the drums. And finally listen to the recording again as you normally would.

The teacher said that this then gives you a greater appreciation for the tune.

I found myself doing this with this record. There’s so much space with the slow tempo. It really gives you time to hear all of those different layers created by the 4 musicians.

After you have listened to each instrument individually and then listen normally again, in a strange way, it kinda ‘opens up your ears’ to everything that is going on… Try it out.

A fun little exercise :sunglasses:

(Lori Nelson) #316

Love this. Thanks Scott ! I think I’ll put this as my primary transcribe project.
I won’t mind listening to it 200 times… is just a 12 bar form, but he does quite a variety of pleasing and simple things with it. I want to transcribe how he comps during the bass solo.