Latest Ideas

So I’ve been keeping up with the practice, and looking at some other possible recital songs. Hopefully I can start and get some of these ideas set down and begin writing music, lead sheets etc. Here are some that I’ve been listening to:

George Duke – “It’s On” (Java Jazz Fest 2010) – A great funky tune with Ronald Bruner Jr in the drum seat on this version. I like this version, as it has a lot of groove and feel, but they all let rip as the song progresses, especially the drums.

Alan Pasqua – “Proto Cosmos” – This is a bit of a fusion standard, and I’ve looked through many different versions. Some of the more well known versions can be found with the likes of Greg Howe and Allan Holdsworth playing guitar. The version I’ve picked here is by a group named ‘Mr DanZ’. Drummers Dennis Chambers and Tony Williams do versions of this song and the drums really seem to drive; Mainly due to the open Hi-Hats on each beat. This version I have picked has more of a laid back groove, and there are other versions like it too floating around.

Steely Dan “Aja” – Steve Gadd at his best.

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Moanin’ – Great drumming, great feel, great song. I’ve discovered a lot more Jazz recently. Going through a bit of a Miles Davis phase at the moment which is great! I would love to get something like this into a recital set.

Trying to narrow it down and make selections is a lot harder than I thought. I think I have enough song ideas in the bag now,  so I just need to be a little more decisive. Having said that, it is near impossible now for me to listen to some new music without thinking ‘..I wonder if this would be fun to play’. Ah well. I guess I’ll just pick one at a time and hopefully at the end of it I’ll have a set.

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