What Record Are You Listening To Today?


(Ariel Jupiter) #365

Came across this recording today. Very relaxing and enjoyable Jazz Rock, Fusion not sure really what it is :slight_smile:


(James Lambie) #366

@ariel Wow! And that’s just the cover… :open_mouth:

Talk about energetic, and varied. That playing is immense. I like that Ray Barretto is on percussion too.

Just looked him up on Discogs - really quite active in the 70s. Wonder if his other albums are similar.


(Lonnie Moseley) #367

Mark, I have listened to 7notemode guy for the last couple of years. His version of “Wichita Lineman” is just gorgeous and I learned a lot from trying to play it. And most definitely, “I Loves You Porgy” is a gem. I have always wondered what happened to him and why he didn’t post ever again. I found out that he played a lot for his church in the south; and i wonder if his religious values somehow influenced his decision to stop posting lessons. Whatever…he has left us with some gorgeous interpretations of compositions to learn from. I will also check out that software you found that transcribes from audio. Thank you.


(Hayden Hill) #368

Yes 7notemode is a wonderfully talented musician @lonnie1277456

I’ve always enjoyed listening to his solo piano arrangements and found them to be a great source of inspiration.

Here’s a link to his channel for anyone interested:

His use of “question & answer” approach or “call & response” is exceptional in my opinion. Truly like having he’s having a conversation with himself whilst playing. Such a great talent.

And yes it’s a shame he hasn’t posted in 5 years, but none the less he has shared so many treasures on his channel… I’ll be listening to a few of his arrangements to start my day today!


(Hayden Hill) #369

Agreed @lonnie1277456 - this is a wonderful arrangement:

“I Loves You Porgy” - Solo Jazz Piano - 7notemode:

@Tuomo has covered this tune for us in a jazz standard lesson - the lesson hasn’t started the editing process yet, but it will be edited and published in the coming weeks.


(Christian Silva) #370

“Strange Meadowlark” by The Dave Brubeck Quartet

I’ve been listening to this entire classic album (Time Out) a lot recently. I love the whole thing from start to finish, but this beautiful little piece has to be my favorite track. That wonderfully expressive 2-minute solo piano intro is something I’d love to learn in the distant future.


(Hayden Hill) #371

Wow, that’s an amazing piano introduction and some beautiful voicings in there!

Some parts of the intro sound quite complex to transcribe, I find the key is to just do a little each day, embrace the slow progress, and stay focused. That’s a lot of work in transcribing just that 2 minutes of playing - i’d say months of studying, listening intently, and transcribing - just so you’re aware of the task that lies ahead Christian!

I’m not familiar with the tune, but I’ll study the form when I get a second and try to figure out what he is doing for the 2 minute intro.

Also, check out Tuomo’s 5-min masterclass on Ear Training & Transcription. I think you will find it useful guidance for aurally working out chord voicings, progressions, and melodies:


(Christian Silva) #372

Thanks for the guidance, Hayden! I had a feeling it would be quite some time that I’ll be at the level to tackle something like this. I’m still working my way through Tune Up :slight_smile: but someday!

Since I’m in a sharing mood, here’s a simpler piece I quite like. This is a song originally done by The Glenn Miller Orchestra, but I much prefer the tenderness of this trio arrangement. It may border on the stereotypical “rainy day jazz” category, but I like it all the same. Fun fact: the pianist on this plays every night as the warm-up to the Penn & Teller magic show in Las Vegas.


(James Lambie) #373

I love fun facts! Thank you @TactfulCactus :grin:


(Hayden Hill) #374

Yes we must all start with the basic tunes like “Tune Up”

Each tune that you learn will teach you something new about harmony, and then once you have 10 or 20 tunes under your belt, you will be feeling much more confident reading and interpreting lead sheets and scores.

It’s encouraging to see that you are listening to lots of jazz…

Ultimately, if we don’t spend the time to listen to recordings, and study them, we are depriving ourselves of jazz music in its purest form. So keep this up!!

I have to admit I did not dedicate enough time to this in my early jazz studies. I would certainly attach more importance to this if was I to start over again because there is so much going on beyond the theory.

Things like the feel, the articulation, and the phrasing of the music, can only be absorbed through listening, transcribing, and emulating our favourite players.

Nice recording… I love the down-tempo vibe and thanks for sharing the fun fact too :grinning:


(James Lambie) #375

Ryo Kawasaki is an unsung and (in my opinion) quite under-rated jazz guitarist, with leanings towards funk, fusion and soul. He’s still out there doing it in his early 70s.

Anyhow, I’ve been discovering some of his material, of which this is possibly the best known. I’m going to add a breakdown and transcription of this to my ‘to do’ list once I’ve finished with my busy work/further study period - thankfully the end is in sight! (sadly not for work altogether, mind …:grin: )

Hope you enjoy this: