Add to EJ Playlist This is a tutorial on a jazz approach to the great song by Eden Ahbez, with some alternative harmonies to try. The basic leadsheet I used was from Sher Music's 'New Real Book No. 1' p231.
I used one of the Rhodes sounds on my Nord piano 2, and played it with a swing rather than a straight 8th note latin feel.
The first chorus is played freely - but I have adjusted the notation to fit correctly into a 32 bar form. It is not a considered or highly polished arrangement as such, but is intended more as a source of ideas for other improvising musicians - though many have taken these tutorials to be finished arrangements, and that is OK, though I have resisted the temptation to edit and polish the improvisation except for minor corrections. The first chorus could be played as a relatively easy piano solo.
I have posted the video and midi files (free to download) on my website http://www.bush grafts.com and placed the transcription and bass and drums backing track on my DVD, and both are available together for ($1.20) - details here http://www.bush grafts.com/jazz /DVDbuy.htm#tra nscriptions
Add to EJ Playlist 'Nobody Does It Better'. the theme from the James Bond film 'The Spy Who Loved Me'. This is in a slightly different style from my usual. I heard a solo version by Fred Hersch recently, and the first note (F#) in the song on the C major chord is striking, I have also changed the original fairly simple harmony.
The melody has been added above the piano notation - perhaps to show how the original was interpreted in the piano improvised arrangement below.
I will put the video and the midi file I recorded while filming, on my website - http://bushgraf ts.com The printable transcription will be on my DVD and is also available for download. I have recently re-vamped my website, and now have made available individual transcriptions for purchase at $1.20 - http://bushgraf ts.com/jazz/DVD buy.htm#transcr iptions
Add to EJ Playlist I have just completed a one chorus play-through of this song which I posted yesterday on the great site 'Jam of the Week' on Facebook (https://www.fa cebook.com/grou ps/jamoftheweek group/
I will upload it to my website (http://www.bus hgrafts.com), along with the midi file that I recorded while filming the video.
I will leave the printable pdf file of the transcription for a short time free to download from my website - here at
http://bushgraf ts.com/jazz/Mov ies/ImConfessin ThatILoveYou.pd f
Add to EJ Playlist 'I'm Through With Love'. Lots of solo piano versions around. Keith Jarrett does a wonderfully simple version on his 'The Melody at Night, With You' CD.
I played this from a simple melody and chords leadsheet (in Sher Music's 'New Real Book Volume 3' p.165
The video can be streamed or downloaded from
A transcription in pdf format is on my DVD or can be purchased separately from my website at http://www.bush grafts.com/jazz /DVDbuy.htm#tra nscriptions
Add to EJ Playlist I played this classic bar-room piano song freely. It was played out of tempo without a click track.
It was improvised from a basic leadsheet - it is not a considered 'arrangement' as such - it still has some poor note choices, but it might suggest some ideas for other piano players playing the song.
I was able to rationalise the transcription after recording using midi by assigning a 'click' to each separate beat, and using software to create a tempo map that placed the notes played correctly within each bar.
I will put the video on my website, and add the video and a printable transcription to my instructional DVD. It can also be purchased as a separate transcription for $1.20. Details are on my website -
Add to EJ Playlist This is a great song by the wonderful pianist Fred Hersch.
This video has had an interesting history!
Over 10 years ago, before I started creating these videos, I often posted, on a midi newsgroup, some of the jazz piano midi files (including this one) that I had recorded. Some years later, I found on another website a CD for sale that contained this, and 4 other songs that I had midi-recorded and had also posted on the jazz midi newsgroup. This CD titled 'Inspirations' was (and still is) available for sale on iTunes https://itunes. apple.com/au/ar tist/patrick-cu rley-3s-a-crowd /id4403746, Amazon http://www.amaz on.co.uk/Inspir ations-Patrick- Curley-3s-Crowd /dp/B002IH79IO, Soundclick http://www.soun dclick.com/band s/default.cfm?b andID=71145 and CdBaby http://www.cdba by.com/cd/pc3ac The CD was claimed to be the work of another pianist - Patrick Curley and his group '3's a Crowd'. There is quite a bit of information about him on these websites - including interviews, pictures, testimonials (including one from McCoy Tyner)!. The CD is called 'INSPIRATIONS' - and contributing musicians are said to be : Patrick Curley, Piano all tracks. Guitar: Carmine D'Amico, Drums:Tony Messina, Bass: Roland Geeter. The full 'Inspirations' CD is also on Spotify - proudly announcing on the CD cover 'Featuring the piano artistry of Patrick Curley'!
This video was created from the original midi file, but the audio comes from the CD. As you can see, the notation from the midi file is exactly in sync with the audio that was passed off as the work of these musicians. Someone has overdubbed some (very bad) congas over my original midi drum track, but the bass track is exactly as originally recorded including all of the bends that I originally recorded! And the piano also has simply been recorded directly from the midi file, with no alteration.
There are other tracks on the CD that are direct audio copies of other midi files that I recorded and posted in the past including 'You've Changed', 'Spring Is Here', 'If Ever I would Leave You' and 'Turn out The Stars'
The other tracks on this 'INSPIRATIONS' CD (inluding 'Autumn Leaves', 'Night and Day', and 'My Funny Valentine' ) were taken from a now discontinued midi instructional jazz piano program for Windows called 'The Jazz Pianist' published by PG music. This guy certainly has a hide, as these were recorded by very well known pianists including Renee Rosnes, Miles Black and others.
Although imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I did find this just a little annoying. There is no point in following up this as I haven't been able to track this Patrick Curley down - I would have liked to at least let him know that his hoax was exposed.