Keith Jarrett’s Ballad Stylings on “Danny Boy” (LOTW #134)

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Keith Jarrett interprets the traditional Irish Ballad “Danny Boy” with a personal touch at this Tokyo solo concert from 2002. He uses voicings that you don’t hear from most pianists, some including major 9ths and passing tones. Note how he throws in his personal flair with a reharmonization in the 5th bar! When compared to Bill Evans’ famous recording from … Read More

Bill Evans Rubato Stylings on “Danny Boy” (LOTW #133)

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Bill Evans interprets the traditional ballad “Danny Boy” with his elegant piano style and beautiful voicings. Note how he presents the melody with advanced harmonies and splits the voicings between two hands with the flexibility to still bring out the melody. Bill Evans shows his mastery in this recording, the rest of this track is definitely worth checking out!

Phineas Newborn Plays the Blues (LOTW #131)

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Hear how Phineas Newborn plays the blues on “Cheryl” from his classic album “A World of Piano” in 1961. His use of chromaticism and blues vocabulary gives his playing a modern edge that still cuts through by today’s standards.

Chick Corea’s Burning Lines from Now He Sings, Now He Sobs (LOTW #127)

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On his original tune “Matrix,” Chick Corea burns through this blues chorus with unique flair and creativity at a blistering tempo. He begins with some F suspended vocabulary which is reminiscent of McCoy Tyner, one of his major influences. He ascends dramatically to the top of the keyboard, and returns down to Earth to burn through the rest of the … Read More