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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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Additional info:Performed by Dooley Wilson (Sam) in the 1931 film Casablanca

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Performer's name:Beemer/Ian Jackson
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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
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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
Technical feedback wanted:No
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
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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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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:65+ years
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Title of piece:Come Rain or Come Shine/This Time the Dream's on Me
Composer:ARLEN
Duration:09:44
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM40 -- 320 MB
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:Harold Arlen is IMO one of the most underrated of the major composers operating in the Great American Songbook sphere. He is of course known for "Over the Rainbow", but there are so many other Standards from the 30s and 40s for which he was responsible, in a number of different styles although usually Blues-based, that he rivals Berlin or Rodgers in sheer quality/quantity. Berlin himself admitted that "Harold's best is THE best."

The two songs I chose were, first, "Come Rain or Come Shine", because of its relative familiarity in GAS. This version is a Jazz perspective by Lee Evans that IMO retains all the intensity of the magnificent original. The second is a far more extended and rich set of improvisations on "This Time the Dream's On Me", by Marian McPartland.

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Performer's name:Wie Waldi
From:Munich, Germany
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Experience:6 month self teaching (+3 years of accordion lessons, 35 years ago as child)
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Video link:https://youtu.be/q6f7TDEe74Y
Title of piece:Linus and Lucy
Composer:Vince Guaraldi
Duration:03:49
Source of music:Sheet music, but I simplified it and added the intro from Jerry Granelli Trio.
Instrument used:Kawai CN29 (sound: Studio Grand)
Recording method:Headphone-out -> DI-box(-20dB) -> Sony-A6300(mic-in)
Unfortunately there is a humming sound recorded. I am not sure, but I guess this happened because the camera was connected to piano/aux and PC/USB at the same time and therefore a ground loop happened frown
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I know this doesn't exactly belong to the Great American Songbook and it is kind of a childrens-song, but this is what beginners are supposed to learn first. On the other hand this piece also belongs to post-1950 jazz standards and was published by Hal Leonard, so this is hopefully not too much off-topic.

With little over 2 months, the progress was rather slow. Especially as there are still mistakes if I play everything from top to bottom. Not to mention the issues with holding tempo and remaining constant volume. Trust me: those issues weren't there during playing; they sneaked somehow into the recording afterwards smirk

I fell in love with this piece when I heard it for the first time and I always said to myself: If I will ever learn piano, this will be one of my songs. And guess what - I am not alone with that, there is even an old Linus and Lucy challenge thread. Amazingly this song didn't make its way to the recitals so far.

So I can proudly present this as premiere and I hope you enjoy listening!

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Performer's name:BillM
From:Taneytown, Md.
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Title of piece:Be Careful Its My Heart
Composer:Irving Berlin
Duration:02:17
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Baldwin R Artist Grand
Recording method:Shure Mic to iPhone
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Additional info:I love Bing Crosby's performance of this song in White Christmas.

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Performer's name:TomLC
From:So. Calif.
Experience:6 Years
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Title of piece:Stardust
Composer:Hoagy Carmichael
Duration:02:13
Source of music:Based on a score.
Instrument used:Kawai NV10
Recording method:Digital to Mac (Quicktime)
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:I planned to submit a recording of The Nearness of You that I have been working on. However it has been difficult to find some uninterrupted time to get finished. So here is another Hoagy tune in the meantime. I will try submit Nearness by the 15.

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:65+ years
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Title of piece:An Affair to Remember; I Got a Gal in Kalamazoo
Composer:WARREN
Duration:06:29
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM 40 320 Mb
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Additional info:Of all the truly giant contributors to GAS, Harry Warren has got to be the least known -- from the late 20s to the late 50s, song after song made it into the American Standards. It might be of interest to know that his original name was Salvadore Guaragna, and of Sicilian heritage. I've always thought that some of Warren's music had a distinctly Italianate character, much like Irving Berlin's had a Russian-Jewish flavor. Both gentlemen, though, were thoroughly professional in their craft; they proved that they could write in any American style as needed.

The first of the two submissions was Warren's last major "hit"; he wrote it in 1957 for the movie "An Affair to Remember". The arrangement here was provided by English Jazz pianist George Shearing - but one who sensed the wisdom of writing in a classical style for certain pieces. Just a beautifully sensitive running left hand. By contrast, the second is Warren's appropriation of American Swing and Big Band, so popular in the late 30s to early 40s. This by and large is Warren's own arrangement, and you can sense how evocative it is.

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:65+ years
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Title of piece:Here's That Rainy Day; Moonlight Becomes You
Composer:VAN HEUSEN
Duration:10:17
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM 40 320 Mb
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Additional info:Similar to Harry Warren, Jimmy van Heusen has provided a great number of contributions to the Great American Songbook -- but the songs are far more familiar than the person who composed them. Van Heusen, like Warren, provided a number of "hits" in conjunction with movies -- a rich storehouse that was very popular from the late 30s to the early 60s.

The first of these two pieces - "Here's That Rainy Day" is a transcription of Bill Evans, who in general is considered one of the finest practitioners of Jazz Piano, and more particularly with "The Standards". The second, "Moonlight Becomes You" is somewhat earlier Van Heusen - the late 30s. Like so many of the Standards, it was introduced in a movie.

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:65+ years
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Title of piece:Skylark; Two Sleepy People
Composer:CARMICHAEL
Duration:07:57
Source of music:Sheet music.
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM 40 320 Db
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Additional info:Hoagy Carmichael is yet another who has provided some giant contributions to the GAS -- he was the composer of "Stardust", which pretty much owns the #1 ranking in American Standards -- not to speak of "Georgia on My Mind"; "The Nearness of You"; and the infamous "Heart and Soul" - and so many others.

"Skylark" he wrote in 1937 -- the piano arrangement here is that of Nelson Riddle, who oversaw his final project in the mid-80s with Linda Ronstadt to produce a two-album set of Standards. The second, "Two Sleepy People" was also written in the late 30s, again for a movie. The arrangement is a transcription of Oscar Peterson's performance from the 1950s.

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From:Vancouver, WA
Experience:8 years of lessons up until HS graduation. Off & on since retirement in 2004.
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Title of piece:Someone to Watch Over Me
Composer:George Gershwin
Duration:03:52
Source of music:From 'Simply Standards' book. Arrangements by Mike Springer.
Instrument used:Yamaha CLP-635 digital piano
Recording method:thumb drive w/audacity to convert from wav to mp3 & increase sound level.
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:My thanks to the piano teachers sub forum 'student saver' threads where I learned about Mike Springer and other fun arrangers and composers.

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Performer's name:lilypad
From:Vancouver, WA
Experience:8 years lessons until HS graduation. On & off since retirement in 2004.
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Title of piece:Over the Rainbow
Composer:Harold Arlen
Duration:04:03
Source of music:The World's Most Beautiful Music -'easy'piano. Arranged by Dan Coates.
Instrument used:Yamaha CLP-635 digital piano.
Recording method:thumb drive recording. Audacity used to normalize volume and convert from wav to mp3.
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:Another arranger discovered thanks to the piano teachers sub forum 'student saver' thread.

Not sure if I've ever played this perfectly, but the 'red dot' or for my digital piano '00:00' gave me the jitters. I've heard that it gets better.

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Performer's name:lilypad
From:Vancouver, WA
Experience:8 years lessons up until HS graduation, then on & off since retirement in 2004.
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Title of piece:My Buddy
Composer:Walter Donaldson
Duration:02:14
Source of music:Lesson piece from Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Method by by Mark Davis. The lesson piece only had the chorus, and after listing to a recording from the 30's on YouTube, I really wanted to add the verses, so I did that part of the arrangement myself.
Instrument used:Yamaha CLP-635 digital piano.
Recording method:thumb drive recording from digital piano. Audacity used to normalize volume and convert from wav to mp3.
Technical feedback wanted:No

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Performer's name:lilypad
From:Vancouver, WA
Experience:8 years of lessons up until HS graduation, then on & off since retirement in 2004.
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Title of piece:A Foggy Day
Composer:George Gershwin
Duration:01:41
Source of music:Sudnow Method 'dot song'.
Instrument used:Yamaha CLP-635 digital piano
Recording method:thumb drive recording from digital piano. Audacity used to normalize volume and convert from wav to mp3.
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:Tony B's forum posts got me interested in the Sudnow Method for voicing jazz standards and I subscribed to the website for a year.

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Performer's name:lilypad
From:Vancouver, WA
Experience:8 years of lessons up until HS graduation, then on & off since retirement in 2004.
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Title of piece:Bye Bye Blackbird
Composer:Ray Henderson
Duration:02:25
Source of music:Simply Standards book arranged by Mike Springer
Instrument used:Yamaha CLP-635 digital piano
Recording method:thumb drive recording from digital piano. Audacity used to normalize volume and convert from wav to mp3.
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:Discovered Mike Springer arrangements thanks to piano teachers sub forum 'student saver pieces' threads.

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Performer's name:lilypad
From:Vancouver, WA
Experience:8 years lessons up until HS graduation, then no piano or keyboard access until retirement in 2004. On & off since then.
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Title of piece:Take the "A" Train
Composer:Billy Strayhorn
Duration:01:53
Source of music:BigTime Piano Jazz & Blues arranged by Faber & Faber
Instrument used:Yamaha CLP-635 digital piano.
Recording method:Thumb drive recording from digital piano. Audacity used to normalize volume and convert from wav to mp3.
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Additional info:My first 'good enough' recording of this piece sounded bland to me and not like the piece that I have in my head.
I tried emphasizing key parts of the piece, but the recording still came out bland. I listened to a YouTube video of Randall Faber playing the piece and it sounded much more expressive and also it didn't sound as if he used any pedal. I tried the piece without pedal (my normal mode is heavy foot) and it sounded much better to me.

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Performer's name:Barbaram
From:Ireland
Experience:10+
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Title of piece:Cry Me A River
Composer:Arthur Hamilton, Arr Dan Coates
Duration:01:42
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Kawai CS8 digital
Recording method:DP to Audacity
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:This is from a collection of very accessible arrangements of GAS pieces by Dan Coates. I feel he manages to bring plenty of atmosphere and interest while keeping the challenge within reach for a wide range of players. I got the book for our previous GAS recital and have played a number of the pieces from it over the years. I learned this one earlier this year for this recital and I really like it. I had ambitions of also submitting "As Time Goes By" but it never came together for me. Another time!

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Performer's name:winterflower
Experience:plenty
Direct music link:click to download
Title of piece:I Loves You Porgy
Composer:Gershwin
Duration:01:39
Source of music:I was practicing trying to use from something of a leadsheet (er, a Hal Leonard Real Book).
Instrument used:Pianoteq 7: 1922 Erard (apparently; slight chance it was actually 1926 Pleyel)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I am glad that I was able to stream Porgy and Bess. It was affecting and effective.

But moreover I like this music. That's enough.

Comments welcomed.

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Performer's name:winterflower
Experience:plenty
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Title of piece:Bess, You Is My Woman Now
Composer:Gershwin
Duration:04:40
Source of music:still attempting to use something like a leadsheet. On duet portions, I had a nice excuse to ignore more of the harmony, mostly play melody....
Instrument used:Pianoteq 7: 1922 Erard (likely)
Technical feedback wanted:Yes
Additional info:I reversed the songs' chronology because I prefer this order of moods. (But did I contrast / mix moods enough?)

I like comments.

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:65+ years
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Title of piece:The Things We Did Last Summer; Just in Time
Composer:STYNE
Duration:07:56
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Kawai 5.5' baby grand
Recording method:TASCAM 40 320 Mb
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:Julie Styne had perhaps the longest tenure in providing songs that entered into the Great American Songboook. In the 20s through the 40s, he wrote predominantly traditional songs; but, starting 1945 or 50 or so, he became heavily involved in Broadway Musicals, penning quite a few Standards through the 50s and 60s. His last big hit was "People" from the Musical "Funny Girl" in 1967. The first piece presented here: "The Things We Did Last Summer", was introduced in 1947, and is IMO a perfect example of his considerable in song-writing. The Jazz arranger is again Marian McPartland, with her lush, romantic stle clearly in evidence. The 2nd by contrast is a piece from a Broadway Musical in the mid 50s. The Jazz arranger here is again Lee Evans, who this time imparts an abstract feel to what is clearly a soft-shoe entertainment.

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Performer's name:Tim Adrianson
From:Madison, WI
Experience:65+ years
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Title of piece:Somebody, Somewhere; Once in Love With Amy
Composer:LOESSER
Duration:07:53
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Kawai; 5.5' Baby Grand
Recording method:TASCAM 40 -- 320 Mb
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:From a GAS perspective, Frank Loesser is a most interesting guy. In the 1930s-early 40s, he was predominantly known as a lyricist for other composers. While in WW II, he began to write both song and lyric, mainly patriotic potboilers to maintain or heighten morale. After the War, he got involved in Musical Theater, and maintained this path until his death in 1968. He was responsible for two monster hits: "Guys and Dol, ls" (1950) and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1963), along with several other Musicals of high quality.

"Somebody, Somwhere" is from one of the others -- "The Most Happy Fella" (1956), which I personally consider to be Loesser's masterpiece. The second, "Once in Love With Amy" is from Loesser's first effort in Musical Theater -- "Where's Charley?" (1947). Both arrangements are Loesser's own, supplemented by my interpolations at various points.

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Performer's name:Sam S
From:Georgia, USA
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Experience:11
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Title of piece:Promenade (Walking the Dog)
Composer:George Gershwin
Duration:03:16
Instrument used:Yamaha C3
Recording method:Zoom Q8
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:The piano part sounds easy, but it was very difficult for me. I worked on it about a month. The problem is that the chords change every half measure - never the same. I missed a few...

Let's set the stage, from the movie "Shall We Dance": Ginger Rogers is crossing the Atlantic on an ocean liner. Fred Astaire is chasing her. Ginger wants nothing to do with Fred. Fred discovers that Ginger walks her little tiny (and very cute) dog every day on the Promenade deck. He bribes the steward to get him a dog to walk so that he can encounter Ginger. He ends up with a huge dog - hilarity ensues. Later in the movie the scene is repeated, but this time Fred gets a pack of dogs. It's all very light-hearted and fun.

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Performer's name:BillM
From:Taneytown, Md.
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Title of piece:What Are Doing New Years Eve
Composer:Frank Loesser
Duration:02:30
Source of music:Sheet Music
Instrument used:Baldwin R Artist Grand
Recording method:Shure mic to iPhone
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:My piano/vocal rendition of the 1947 Frank Loesser classic. Even though the title suggests this is a holiday song, the composer never intended it to be viewed as one. In any case I hope you enjoy my recording. This is really a fun song to sing.

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Performer's name:rwsavory
From:Memphis
Experience:More than 30 years, off and on
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Title of piece:Moon River
Composer:Mancini/Mercer
Duration:04:14
Source of music:Sheet Music:
Intro inspired by Al Lerner - Cocktail Piano Standards
Song published by Famous Music Corp.
Instrument used:Kawai GL-40
Recording method:Tascam DR-05
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:From the film, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" I hope you enjoy it.

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Performer's name:Jason Lenthe
From:Philadelphia area
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Title of piece:Gladiolus Rag
Composer:Scott Joplin
Duration:04:06
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Cunningham Parlour GRand
Recording method:Zoom H4
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:I learned this piece during 2020 and its been my favorite thing to play for a while. This is my second time recording it, but first time submitting it to a pianoworld.com recital.

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Performer's name:jazzyprof
Experience:Self-taught as a kid, 7 years of lessons in my fifties, now back to "teaching" myself.
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Title of piece:When I Fall in Love
Composer:V. Young and E. Heyman
Duration:02:30
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Steinway B
Recording method:Zoom H4n
Technical feedback wanted:No

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Performer's name:jazzyprof
Experience:Self-taught as a kid, 7 years of lessons in my fifties, now back to "teaching" myself.
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Title of piece:Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Composer:H. Martin and R. Blaine
Duration:02:08
Source of music:Sheet music
Instrument used:Steinway B
Recording method:Zoom Q2n
Technical feedback wanted:No
Additional info:A lovely Julian Bradley arrangement.

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That's all folks! Please listen and let the performers know that you listened over in the discussion thread.

Enjoy!

Sam

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