6/8/14: Caravan

This is my take on Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” from the Piano Diaries live show at the Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago. Tickets are  $15, $8 for students/seniors. Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8pm. Sunday matinee at 2pm. The show runs through July 6.

1/29/2014 (My Country Tis of Thee?)

1/29/2014 (My Country Tis of Thee?)

This is from the archives: I actually recorded this two years ago (1/23/14 to be precise) but once again found it when I was looking for something else. That’s how the universe basically works, given quantum reality and all of that. In any case this is a very odd take on My Country Tis of Thee  (or God Save the Queen/King if you’re from that side of the pond.) It’s kind of insane, and perhaps sloppy in places, but well worth it because it’s just completely unexpected. Right then.

7-26-13: Fury with a Singe on Top

7-26-13: Fury with a Singe on Top

This has nothing to do with that great Rodgers & Hammerstein tune, Surrey with Fringe on Top; I just happened to take a liking to that particular play on words is all (as Curly, the character who sings that song, might put it.) My favorite interpretation of the real tune, along of the movie version (which is spectacular,) is this version by McCoy Tyner. Never ceases to amazes to me.


This, on the other hand, does have something to do with that hallowed tune:

Yes, after writing the above, I felt it necessary to actually do something—though in a veiled way—with the main theme of the tune itself. I say (and play) veiled because I’m always wary of the copyright police. There are people out there (some of them I know all too well) who will argue that because I quote seven notes from the theme of the aforementioned tune, that I should register it with the Harry Fox Agency so the estates of R&H can collect micro-royalties every time this is streamed.  Who has time for that nonsense? Thus, my veiled reference: I never actually play a significant part of the melody, so I should be left alone. I call this track Flurry with a Hinged Outcrop. Another veiled reference.

12-1-11: My Country Tentatively

12-1-11: My Country Tentatively

I occasionally take up this tune, even if I don’t really like it. You don’t have to like a tune to improvise on it, after all. It’s enough that the tune focuses your attention in a particular way that may yield interesting results.

 

December 10, 2008: And many more…

December 10, 2008: And many more…

I suspect that I intended to send this to someone as an actual gift; that is, before it went horribly wrong.

1/28/13: C​.​T. With a Fringe on Bottom

1/28/13: C​.​T. With a Fringe on Bottom

There is a not so veiled reference to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma classic Surrey with a Fringe on Top here. C.T. refers to Cecil Taylor (see earlier January tracks: 1/24/13 and another from the same date for more about him.) So this is, if the title is to be believed, the sweet R & H tune as filtered through the mind of the great avant garde pianist. But of course, it’s not through the mind of the great avant garde pianist; it’s through my mind, which is sub-filtering through the mind of the great avant garde pianist—which is quite different.