What Record Are You Listening To Today?

A while back, I came across Tete Montoliu (28 March 1933 – 24 August 1997) a jazz pianist from Catalonia, Spain. Born blind, he learnt Braille music at age seven. His styles varied from hard bop, through afro-cuban, world fusion, to post bop. He recorded with Lionel Hampton in 1956 and played with saxophonist Roland Kirk in 1963. He also worked with leading American jazz musicians who toured in, or relocated to Europe including Kenny Dorham, Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, Lucky Thompson, and Anthony Braxton.

Here are a couple of tunes–his take on “Girl from Ipanema” and a blues tune. Always nice to find fine players. Enjoy! :musical_keyboard:

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I’ve been listening to bits and pieces of the “Live from Emmett’s Place” series since it began over a year ago with the advent of the pandemic. It’s always great. But this one just brought a smile–just felt good. So I thought I’d share. I actually listened to the entire session–something I’ve never done before. It’s a session that merits a full listen!

This one features the great guitarist Peter Bernstein. I’ve been listening to his recordings for some time, mainly as a part of a trio with Larry Goldings. They’ve played together off and on for over 30 years.

Around 40 minutes in, there’s a brief dialogue that’s well worth a listen. At around 42, you get a bar or two of montuno. Also, at around 1:14 there’s another great exchange. Some great keys here, as always.

At any rate, give this one a listen and see what you think. Enjoy! :musical_keyboard:

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Check this wild thing out :slight_smile:

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Love the rhythm thing he’s got going with the percussion, bass, and guitar. It is pretty wild, sort of horn heavy. Check out Ackmoor’s Homage to Cuba. It’s “wild” with an Afro-Cuban feel. And if you really want “wild” horns, check out Coltrane’s last album, Kulu Sé Mama (Verve 1965). The players include McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, and Pharoah Sanders.

I just came across this fascinating take on “Someday, My Prince Will Come.” It’s by Tigran Hamasyan, an Armenian jazz pianist (b. 1987). He plays mostly original compositions, which are strongly influenced by the Armenian folk tradition, often using its scales and modalities. . . . [H]is improvisations often contain embellishments based on scales from Middle Eastern/South Western Asian traditions. Some of his later stuff is sort of prog/jazz like Keith Emerson’s prog/rock. Enjoy! :musical_keyboard:

In my live seminar today we are exploring the tune “Body & Soul”, and we will be analysing Beegie Adair’s rendition of the tune. I thought it would be nice to post the recording here for reference:

Here’s the live seminar URL: "Body & Soul" Jazz Piano Arrangement & Harmonic Analysis (starting in 50 minutes and the recording will be published afterwards with chapters and slow down controls)

Beegie Adair Christmas Piano Arrangements

On a related note she also has some lovely Christmas jazz piano arrangements, here’s my favourite of her Christmas albums:


Here is a short transcription of Beegie Adair’s 8 bar intro on the above recording of “Body & Soul”.

Beegie Adair - “Body & Soul” Introduction.pdf (191.7 KB)

The transcription doesn’t include everything she plays, but it should be helpful nonetheless to understand the progression and chord colours that she is playing around with for her intro.

Definitely use your ears to pick out some of the finer details and nuances of her intro.

Also check out the full seminar here for a more in-depth discussion and demonstration of the voicings and playing style.



Thanks Hayden. Was a great lesson :blush:

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Hayden…thank you so much for the transcription. I agree with Paul. It was a great session!

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Saw the amazing British Crime Movie “Sexy Beast” yesterday again after 10 years and in one of the scenes this amazing tune comes in:

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Some time back there was a thread on Horace Silver’s “Song for My Father.” Here’s a fine version by Michel Camilo that I recently came across. Enjoy! :musical_keyboard:

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A friend shared this record with me a few days ago. It isn’t jazz but I thought some folks might enjoy the chill out / meditative vibe:

I was playing along with the recording and it’s mainly simple triad shapes with lots of arpeggiation ( Eb to F, to G- ) and also a LOT of reverb!

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Just got around to listening to this. It’s a style that I like very much. If you check the Virtual pianos on offer, most have a setting for Cinematic or something like that that is very much like this. Thanks for sharing, @Hayden!

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Listening to the Kosenko piece, I remembered a couple of tunes by Ruslan Sirota that
I thought you might like. He’s showcasing a new piano by the same folks that brought us the Ravenscroft 275, the Modern U, considered by some to be the best upright library. It has some interesting sounds. I’ve more or less worked through a transcription of “A Lifetime Away.” Enjoy! :musical_keyboard:

Love this song! Thanks Scott for sharing…such passion and connection to this tune he wrote. I actually contacted him about this song to get a copy of the score

Thats interesting @paul1523727. What was his response to your request, if I might ask.

I’ve been listening to and working on a simple, beautiful ballad by Silvio Rodríguez, “Rabo de nube.” It has become something of a standard. Rodríguez was central to the Nueva Trova movement in the 1960s that drew upon traditional folk music and infused it with contemporary social and political themes.

He is widely considered Cuba’s best folk singer and arguably one of Latin America’s greatest singer-songwriters. . . . Rodríguez, musically and politically, is a symbol of the Latin American left. His lyrics are notably introspective, while his songs combine romanticism, eroticism, existentialism, revolutionary politics and idealism.

Many of his earlier lyrics are clearly aligned with the ideas of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara–one of Argentina’s most famous exports. I remember his saying somewhere that “revolution is my vocation.”

You can see the tune is popular by looking at Spotify: there are around 105 different versions in styles ranging from guitar/vocal, Afro-Cuban, Latin jazz, traditional jazz, full chorale to electro dance music. There’s even a version by Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders.

At any rate, here are a few versions that you might like. Enjoy! :musical_keyboard:

The first is the original version.

One of the very finest versions of the tune is by Charles Lloyd on his Lift Every Voice (ECM 2002), written in response to the 9/11 attacks. It has a stellar list of players: Geri Allen (p), John Abercrombie (g), Marc Johnson (b), and Billy Hart (d). YouTube has put it in their Premium offerings, but if you have Spotify, you can get it here:

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Ye lovely version this Song for my father is gorgious ! colourful and respectful a must !! …la classe Thanks

ps Wanna add it to the best version in my old post … but it was already there … always good to hear again, even more when you forgot it was so good :smile:

For those who are following Jovino’s Live Seminars (and those of you who should be :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:), here are some tunes from his latest solo piano album Luz, released a couple of weeks ago. It’s a very fine collection of tunes and offers some great examples of what he’s been sharing with us. We’re lucky to have him with us here on PianoGroove. Enjoy! :musical_keyboard:


Thanks for sharing Scott!

Here are the full album links on various services for those interested: