Sunday, November 6, 2016

Cavatina II

Well, I've been on a long hiatus from posting to this blog.  Seven months!   There seems like there has been way too much to do in real life lately to spend time on blog.  Then when I did want to get back and do a few posts,  the blog was in a state of dis-array.   Once again,  the embedded music player that I was using is no longer supported.   Ugh.   I did find another one,   but it does seems as though it has numerous limitations.    I am using the SCM music player now.   It appears to not work on some mobile devices and does not support https.    So you would have to access the blog with http: in order to see the music player.  Lovely.   I somebody knows of another free music player for blogs,  I'd love to know about it.  Thanks

Now for the song.  Cavatina (From the Deer Hunter)   I have already done a treatment of Cavatina once in a prior blog post.   This is one of my favorite songs because it is so rich harmonically, and has a simple yet beautiful melody.   It has elements of a classical music feel also.   The first time that I tried an arrangement for it,  I played it as a waltz with a (virtual) trio.

I have been in a solid mode of trying to work on my solo piano studies with my teacher, Ed.  Maybe it was losing my ipod to my son Cliff,  or having my Band-in-Box software go four years out of date,  but I've felt that I really wanted to work more and more on the solo aspects of jazz piano.  Some days I might be getting to a point where I could actually pull some of it off.

This time I am playing Cavatina in 4/4  with the distinctive rhythmic vamp  that Kent Wehman came up with.  He, of course,  plays this with a full trio and it sounds great.   But between legato sections, and his rhythmic vamp with solos,  there seems to be enough  material to work as a solo number as well.

Monty Alexander's brilliant solo version of Cavatina was also a big influence on me as I was trying to come up with an arrangement.

I recorded this quite a while ago,  so I don't exactly remember everything that happening at the time. I do remember that I wanted to put in a solo passage that was "out",  and it sounds like I got that in there in a decent place.   It sounds like quite of number of different chords substitutions throughout as well.  Overall,  it is kind of a rhythmically challenged, muddy mess,  but that is part of the process I guess :-)

Kent Wehman

Monty Alexander Solo

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