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Welcome to the Great American Songbook Themed Recital. Links to the recordings are in the posts following this one. Please refrain from commentary in this thread. Take any and all comments to the General Discussion Thread for this recital.

Thank you!

In addition to the recordings below, and the zip files linked below, we have an online streaming player. Just click on the link to hear all the recital pieces without having to download the zip files:

Streaming Player

For the convenience of forum members, we also have a collection of zip files. This makes it easier to create personal CDs and playlists.

These zip files have been posted at the following URLs:

zip1.zip
zip2.zip
zip3.zip
zip4.zip
zip5.zip
zip6.zip

And here is the index to past recitals:

ABF Recital Index

Have fun listening, and remember, post your comments in the Discussion Thread.

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Performer's name:KevinM
From:UK
Experience:6
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://vimeo.com/544243481
Home page link:https://soundcloud.com/sheffieldkevin/sets/my-progress
Title of piece:Forgotten Dreams
Composer:Leroy Anderson
Duration:01:47
Source of music:Sheet music via musicnotes.com
Instrument used:MP11SE using the Bosendorfer VC280 virtual piano from VSL
Recording method:Directly from standalone virtual piano player
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:I think this is a lovely sweet little piece.

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Performer's name:pianist685 (Constantin)
From:Hamburg, Germany
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Experience:12 years of classical piano lessons from age 6 to 18, 35+ years of playing without a teacher since
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:https://imslp.org/wiki/User:C._Stephan
Title of piece:But Beautiful
Composer:van Heusen / Burke
Duration:03:10
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Sauter upright with retrofit Pianodisc silent system
Recording method:Silent system MIDI-out to notebook with Galaxy Vintage D, directly recorded from Kontakt Player with Savihost plugin
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Additional info:This romantic song from 1947 appeared in the movie "Road to Rio" with Bing Crosby. Here is the lyric:

Love is funny or it's sad
Or it's quit or it is mad
It's a good thing or it's bad
But beautiful
Beautiful to take a chance and if you fall, you fall
And I'm thinking I wouldn't mind at all

Love is tearful or it's gay
It's a problem or a play
It is heartache either way
But beautiful
And I'm thinking if you were mine
I'd never let you go
And that would be
But beautiful
I know

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Performer's name:pianist685 (Constantin)
From:Hamburg, Germany
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Experience:12 years of classical piano lessons from age 6 to 18, 35+ years of playing without a teacher since
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:https://imslp.org/wiki/User:C._Stephan
Title of piece:Laura
Composer:David Raksin
Duration:02:58
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Sauter upright with retrofit Pianodisc silent system
Recording method:Silent system MIDI-out to notebook with Galaxy Vintage D, directly recorded from Kontakt Player with Savihost plugin
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Additional info:"Laura" was composed for a 1940s film noir with Gene Tierney. I love those mysterious harmonies.

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Performer's name:pianist685 (Constantin)
From:Hamburg, Germany
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Experience:12 years of classical piano lessons from age 6 to 18, 35+ years of playing without a teacher since
Direct music link:click to download
Home page link:https://imslp.org/wiki/User:C._Stephan
Title of piece:Embraceable You
Composer:Gershwin
Duration:02:26
Source of music:sheet music
Instrument used:Sauter upright with retrofit Pianodisc silent system
Recording method:Silent system MIDI-out to notebook with Galaxy Vintage D, directly recorded from Kontakt Player with Savihost plugin
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Additional info:"Embraceable You" is a famous Gershwin tune composed in 1930. I am playing an arrangement from the 1980s that tries to imitate the style of Gershwin's Songbook in which this song cannot be found because it was written later.

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:65+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:1 Always; I've Got the Sun in the Morning and the Moon at Night
Composer:BERLIN
Duration:08:21
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Kawai 5,5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM40 320 Mb
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:This is the first of 11 submissions, which showcases a couple of songs each by 11 composers that I consider to be the most influential in the development of the "Great American Songbook. I based the assessment on both quantity and quality of songs that became "Standards", from 1910 -1960 or so. In all cases, I used either
a jazz transcription of the Standard or the original score with my embellishments.

First up is Irving Berlin, who I consider to be the "Elder Statesman" of the Great American Songbook, henceforth known as GAS. The first of these is "Always", one of the great Songs from the 1910 - 1930 era. The Jazz arrangement here is by Dick Hyman, who knows everything about this genre and has proven it over the years at the piano. He's 90+ now, but AFAIK is still going strong. The second one is from the 1946 musical "Annie Get your Gun". Christopher Marlowe is the pianist/arranger for this one; he was the pianist for the superb cabaret singer Nancy Lamott.

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:65+ years.
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:All the Things You Are; The Song Is You
Composer:KERN
Duration:08:22
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM40 320 Mb
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Additional info:After Berlin (slightly; they mostly overlapped), Jerome Kern has got to be regarded as one of the giants in GAS. He has multiple Standards to his credit, all the way from the early teens to the early forties, stopped only by his death in that time period.

I chose two songs: the first of these, "All the Things You Are", is one of the most popular of the Standards, because of its unique, exceptionally beautiful chord progressions. This arrangement might be termed "Jazz meets New Age"; the arranger, Liz Story, is better known in the New Age bracket, but in a previous life, she was a Jazz pianist -- and I would say, a very good one, to judge from the sensitivity of this arrangement. The second, "The Song Is You" is another sumptuous arrangement from the pen of Dick Hyman. "All the Things You Are" was written in 1939, and "The Song is You" in 1932, both for movie-musicals very popular at the time - i.e., both are late works from his magnificent portfolio.

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Performer's name:PianogrlNW (Ellen)
From:Seattle area
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Do It Again
Composer:Gershwin
Duration:01:50
Source of music:Gershwin Transcriptions for Piano - 18 Song Hits Arranged by the Composer
Instrument used:Schimmel Grand
Recording method:Zoom H2N
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Do It Again was composed in 1922 for the musical comedy The French Doll. Like Gershwin's other piano transcriptions, the score has lots of dense chords and chromatic passages as well a back and forth between triplet and duple rhythms.

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Performer's name:Beemer/Ian Jackson
From:Scotland
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Experience:63 years
Direct music link:click to download
Video link:https://youtu.be/56xKOR64Uks
Title of piece:And the Angels Sing
Composer:Johnny Burke
Duration:02:58
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:2017 Bluethner Model A
Recording method:Sound Devices MixPre-3 II, Neumann KM184 matched pair condensers, Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes

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Performer's name:Beemer/Ian Jackson
From:Scotland
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Experience:62 years
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Title of piece:As Time Goes By
Composer:Herman Hupfeld
Duration:03:25
Source of music:Performed by Dooley Wilson (Sam) in the 1931 film Casablanca
Instrument used:2016 Bluethner Model A
Recording method:Sound Devices MixPre-3 II, Pair of Neumann kM184 condense mics, Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:Performed by Dooley Wilson (Sam) in the 1931 film Casablanca

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Performer's name:Beemer/Ian Jackson
From:Scotland
Experience:62 years
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Title of piece:Blue Moon
Composer:Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Duration:02:54
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Bluethner Model A
Recording method:Sound Devices MixPre-3 II, pair of Neumann km184 mics, audacity
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Performer's name:Beemer/Ian Jackson
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Experience:62 years
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Title of piece:Our Love Affair
Composer:Harry Warren
Duration:03:12
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:2017 Bluether Model A
Recording method:Sound Devices MixPre-3 II, pair of Neumann km184 condenser mics, Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:Composer for the 1957 film 'An Affair to Remember.

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Performer's name:Beemer/Ian Jackson
From:Scotland
Experience:62 years
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Title of piece:Laura
Composer:Johnny Mercer and David Raksin
Duration:01:51
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Bluethner Model A
Recording method:Sound Devices MixPre-3 II, pair of Neumann km184 condenser mics, Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:1945 film - Laura

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Performer's name:BillM
From:Taneytown, Md
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Video link:https://youtu.be/WkbyqMjjJL8
Title of piece:The Way You Look Tonight
Composer:Jerome Kerns and Dorothy Fields
Duration:03:00
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Baldwin R Artist Grand
Recording method:Shure MV88 to iPhone 8.
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:I wish I had closed the shutters and combed my hair before making the video.

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:65+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Gershwin concert arrangements
Composer:GERSHWIN
Duration:07:36
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM40 320 Mb
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Additional info:Berlin, Kern, and Gershwin were the earliest great contributors to the American Standards -- all had several "hits" in the 1910s as well as the 20s and 30s. In Gershwin's case, I did something different in the presentation -- since he had prepared many short concert-style piano pieces on his own Songs, I chose to prepare a bouquet of five: "Nobody But You"; Oh, Do It Again;"Clap Yo'Hands"; "Do-Do-Do"; and "S'Wonderful". I could not find any commentary on why Gershwin made these concert arrangements: I suspect Gershwin used them in some of his solo piano concert gigs, as encore "charmers". He was an excellent pianist as well as composer.

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:65+ years
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Title of piece:You Are Too Beautiful; Oh, What a Beautiful Morning
Composer:RODGERS
Duration:08:43
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM40 320 MB
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Additional info:Richard Rodgers had just a staggering number of quality contributions to the American Popular Standards -- particularly in the late 20s-1930s with his colleague Lorenz Hart. He then joined forces with Oscar Hammerstein, and the two crafted many additional hits in the 40s, 50s, and 60s.

I have chosen the following two: "You Are Too Beautiful", again visited with sensitive and provocative reharmonizations by New Age pianist Liz Story. This song comes from early Rodgers and Hart, in 1932.

Dick Hyman has provided a Gospel-tinged take on the Rodgers-Hammerstein hit from their groundbreaking musical "Oklahoma" in 1942 -- "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning".

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Performer's name:Marklings
From:Italy
Experience:3 years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:Along Came Betty
Composer:Benny Golson
Duration:01:18
Source of music:Sheet music, piano arrengement
Instrument used:Garritan CFX VST, Yamaha CP88 Master keyboard
Recording method:Cubase
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:Benny Golson is not one of the very big names but I found this piece to be rather beautiful.

He did not write many standards but a few really stand out. This one IMO and of course "Remembering Dexter".

I find the harmony of this piece truly awesome, incredible how some daring passage (example, there's an Ab major 7th to Eb minor change !) sound so natural. Somehow it reminds me of Chopin if I may say so. Great craftsmanship!

The piano arrangement was made by my piano teacher, really excellent. Thanks Daniele!

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:65+ years
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:"Solitude"; "Love You Madly"
Composer:ELLINGTON
Duration:09:26
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM40 320 MB
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:It always has seemed to me that Duke Ellington should be reckoned to be in the same league as George Gershwin: both had extensive connections to Classical Music, and composed a number of large pieces for Classical ensemble and Opera -- which really make them unique amongst practitioners of the American Songbook. And of course Gershwin died early, but Ellington maintained his elegant presence for several decades after the 1930s.

I chose two songs from his extensive catalogue -- both of them were written in the 1930s - his immensely fertile period, at least for Great American Standards. "In My Solitude" is an arrangement by Lee Evans, who IMO writes very expertly to capture the sense of Jazz. The second, "Love You Madly" is a knuckle-busting transcription of one of Marian McPartland's live performances

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Performer's name:Kepijapa
From:Spain, Granada
Experience:15?
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:The Man I Love
Composer:Gershwin
Duration:05:43
Source of music:Piano Transcription of a T Monk solo studio recording.
Instrument used:VPC1, Pianoteq 7, Pleyel 1835, Close Mic 415Hz
Recording method:Digital
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I could not resist posting this. I am a real adult beginner here and I cannot improvise more than 1 mm. Nevertheless, I was trying to figure out this song, just block chords, melody, it is all I can do, so boring, better play some Schubert. But then I found this tune played by Thelonious Monk. Surprisingly, it starts of just like what I was trying, (sort of block chords, melody), but it was just so incredibly beautiful in Monks hands, so simple yet so sophisticated, a real piece of art.

So I made a transcription of it (cheating, using Transcribe), learned how to play it. I know, this is just Museum Art, but I really like the sound and the feel it gives me when I play it. And hey, where are you going to find Monk playing a 1835 Pleyel tuned to 415 Hz (This was Pianoteqs old setting, but I kept it for the new versions, somehow it sounds better).

In fact, this is quite special, as it was from the last studio recording of Monk. It was recorded at Chappell Studios, London 15th November 1971. Soon after, he suddenly stopped playing altogether. So, while you listen, imagine Monk lying on his bed fully dressed, or walking in the park looking at the flowers, never to touch a piano again . . .

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:65+ years
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Title of piece:"Just One of Those Things"; "Every Time We Say Goodbye"
Composer:PORTER
Duration:08:45
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM40 320 MB
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:Along with Richard Rodgers and Duke Ellington, Cole Porter was a 3rd kingpin of creating Great American Standards in the 1930s. What an incredibly fertile period, American music from 1930-1950! I've chosen the following pieces from his extensive discography: A Jazz arrangement of "It Was Just One of Those things" by Matt Dennis -- a pianist/composer also himself responsible for several Standards ("Violets For Your Furs"; "Angel Eyes", etc). The 2nd is a gorgeous setting of the more serious side of Porter: "Every Time We Say Goodbye" by Diana Krall. This arrangement is really closer to Art Song than Jazz, and is absolutely compelling in its intensity.

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