Tags : | Jazz | 1.70 MB

Description : Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim. This particular piano arrangement is from one of jazz sheet piano books I found on scribd. The electric piano is MrRay22 plugin which I played on Casio CDP220 digital piano. This is also a new piece that I learned today so it was quite tricky to get a proper touch at places and overall make the entire thing sound anywhere realistic. I tried many times and this was probably the best take. Also I am relatively new to playing latin piano music. I didn't manipulate any notes after recording - instead I added few virtual vintage amps. I choose jazz but it is a bossa nova latin style. Enjoy and feel free to comment and download.

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  1. bbedford48
    bbedford48 on Sat 8th Apr 2017 - 5 years ago

    Great playing. Nice rich harmonies a bright mood, and good percussive playing. I'd love to hear this with bass and drums, maybe congas.

  2. Zergmazter
    Zergmazter on Tue 16th Feb 2016 - 6 years ago

    So you did this in a single take (after some practice like you mentioned).

    That alone is great, then also the fact that you were reading from a sheet. That's even greater. All this for an impressive 1 minute and 51 seconds.

    I don't think people who don't play the piano will fully understand how difficult that is. Beautifully executed and with no editing post performance.

    I don't know too much about reading music, but I am curious about the way you touched the chords. Does the sheet tell you how hard to hit the keys or is that just your style. Either way to get that right in a whole 1:51 minute performance take is awesome.

    It was nice piece.

    Reply by promenade2239

    thanks for listening and your review.

    here you can find the arrangement: http://pl.scribd.com/doc/167800051/All-Time-Standards-Piano#scribd

    I intend to record the other one, titled 'One Note Samba' from this particular collection too but next time I will probably use my old upright piano, not a vst. Also after experimenting with my virtual Kontakt pianos for quite some time now I think I am able to come up with some satysfying results as well - anyway there will be always a problem with a realistic response of the sample based pianos. I am using a Casio digital piano with weighted keys to practise at the moment only, not a real piano.
    Im academically trained keyboardist (classical, not jazz) and have much experience with real instruments. There is so much of sheet music out there and lot of jazz transcriptions available. Great stuff to learn and develop stylistical playing! The other way is transcibing licks/riffs from the recordings by ear. I am trying to use both methods when learning.

    There is actually not much information inside the sheet about how to play 'music'. Basically the traditional partition provides only basic informations about the pitch and the duration of notes; it may provide tempo, fingering, phrasing suggestions and similar. Yes, there are some accent marks too. This recording is just my interpretation filtered through my style of playing. It is honestly quite straight played as I stick with the sheet closely (see planetjazzbass' point on lack of swing) but I think the results are quite satysfying.

    I actually find it cool that this piece sounds easy and effortless to the listener - music should always be performed that way.

    To learn the composition I practiced this for 2 hours but after switching to that 'MrRay22' plugin I had a hard time for next 2hrs to find the proper 'connection' with the virtual instrument (you know, unnatural velocity response and overall midi latency delay). I still think it sounds quite unnatural at certain places and not the way I really wanted it to sound. Anyway I have probably tried 10 times until recorded this finally.

    I do not believe that correcting afterwards will help too much when there are issues on the basic level of the performance. It's simply artificial.

    Thanks for nice words. Im glad you liked the recording.

  3. Planetjazzbass
    Planetjazzbass on Mon 15th Feb 2016 - 6 years ago

    Hey Alex...careful man once you drink the waters of Bossa Nova there's no turning back...it'll start with little things like buying open neck shirts with frilly cuffs and tight bell bottom trousers, soon after you'll start rolling your 'r's when you speak and drinking pina coladas by the dozen and you'll always carry a pair of maracas in your back pocket...you might even grow a moustache!(that is if you don't already have one!)....nice vibe man,I like the straight up symmetry without too much swing it's almost a folk musical rendition which adds to it's integrity....I've heard this tune what must be at least a thousand times and you've reinvented it for my ears..thank you for that!......cheers Dave :)

    Reply by promenade2239

    hi Dave!

    Thank you so much for listening and a nice review!

    Do not worry - I won't lose the connection with the proper rhythm (I just acquired a mechanical metronome ha!) and definitely will go somewhere further with swinging eights for sure in latin styles next days (I have few days exclusively for myself and much space as well as some perspectives on eventual developing subtleties in playing yay!).

    I simply need more time to internalize the proper variations of different 'rhythm patterns' in latin styles. I am practising both comping and soloing at the moment (ok, just simple 251 licks and basic pentatonic runs exercises when comping same time lol).

    I am practising 16th note funk grooves as well but this is an another story. I am far away to get the proper swing of 16th notes. Those are 2 separated and very different things (I mean latin and funk). I am still struggling with connecting rhythm ideas.

    I am happy you liked my track!


  4. ronabo
    ronabo on Fri 12th Feb 2016 - 6 years ago

    Nice Jazz.. If only I could play like that. Very nice listening.


    Reply by promenade2239

    hey Ronabo! thanks for nice review. I like your playing too! I simply played everything from the sheet piano arrangement but I also plan to develop an improvisational soloing skills. Lot to learn ahead haha

    Glad you enjoyed the song.

    Best, Alex

  5. Mykael
    Mykael on Thu 11th Feb 2016 - 6 years ago

    Jazz is my first love, and my hat's off to you! This is nicely done for bossa nova foray. I enjoyed it very much. Well done, Alex!

    Love & Light,


    Reply by promenade2239

    hey Mykael

    I'm happy you liked this little recording!

    I plan to incorporate more stylistical jazz elements into my playing and will be uploading more stuff like this to looperman - we can always do a collab when the genre is jazz.

    Thank you for nice words!

    Best to you, Alex

  6. Tumbleweed
    Tumbleweed on Wed 10th Feb 2016 - 6 years ago

    wow...this one goes back a long ways...I don`t know when it originated but I recall hearing it in my youth (just after the last ice age...haha)...very nicely done Alex (as always) and salute to you for taking this one on........great job...Ed

    Reply by promenade2239

    Thank you Ed! I found this song few years ago - it was an old calssic version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJkxFhFRFDA but didn't plan playing any latin piano music then. I always liked that song and the latin grooves. This tune is probably one of the most famous bossa jazz songs, beside of 'Corcovado' 'Aqua de Beber' 'One note samba' and others which I want to learn as well.

    I will be recording more jazz standards and want to develop the stylistical playing. Thank you for the nice words and your continous support!
    Best to you, Alex

  7. lechina
    lechina on Tue 9th Feb 2016 - 6 years ago

    great ivory work.dont understand jazz but the piano sounds expertly great.well done

    Reply by promenade2239

    thank a lot for your nice comment! I am glad you liked the piano. there are many styles in jazz - this one is kind of latin jazz. Let's say: the bossa rhythm meets jazz harmonic language. I am still learning all this and will be posting more jazz stuff in the near future.

  8. crucethus
    crucethus on Tue 9th Feb 2016 - 6 years ago

    Very nice rendition, classy and perfect in it's execution with just a hint of urban angst.

    Reply by promenade2239

    Thank you cru for a nice review!
    I am glad you enjoyed listening to this recording. I had some difficulties with velocities of the virtual instrument but I am happy with the results.

  9. GhostAssassin
    GhostAssassin on Tue 9th Feb 2016 - 6 years ago

    Not normally a fan of this type of music, but this sounds really good. The piano tho!

    Reply by promenade2239

    Thanks a lot for listening and good words! I appreciate that.

  10. KJamRecords
    KJamRecords on Mon 8th Feb 2016 - 6 years ago

    like from brazil

    Reply by promenade2239

    thanks for the fave!

    Glad you enjoyed it

  11. joecramer
    joecramer on Mon 8th Feb 2016 - 6 years ago

    Well well :)

    Sounds fine to me. Nice overall feeling of the Bossanova style.
    :) Isn't it a kind of crime to post it here befor 2044? Antomio died 1994 .... LOL

    I bet he would like it!
    And i like it too :)

    stay tuned

    Reply by promenade2239

    Hello Joe!

    Thank you for such a nice comment!

    Surely there is nothing much about Antonio to celebrate at the moment. Honestly I'm just simply playing sheet music here.
    It will probably sound strange but there is a need to acquire more 'patterns' under my fingers. This is the only way I can grow musically.

    I am glad you enjoyed listening!


  12. Orlando51
    Orlando51 on Mon 8th Feb 2016 - 6 years ago

    Nice and sweet rendition my friend...keep it up!:)


    Reply by promenade2239

    Thanks for checking it out!

    It was hard to record a bassline, the comping rhythm and filling harmonies as well as the melody on the top in such a short time in one take using 2 hands only. I like the ease emanating and the final result too. Music is a hard work for me basically.

    Thank you for your support!

  13. Musicante
    Musicante on Mon 8th Feb 2016 - 6 years ago

    You can't go wrong with the old standards. Good job; nice playing.


    Reply by promenade2239

    Hello M

    Thanks a lot for your comment! I came across Getz/Gilberto performance about 5 years ago. The the book the arrangement is from is titled 'All Time Jazz Standards' and I intend to play and post the other tunes in different jazz styles as well. I can't record the real acoustic piano so that is why I experiment with it's electric emulations. Casio has weighted keys so I coud find some connections.

    Glad you liked the performance.


  14. GoldenOokami
    GoldenOokami on Sun 7th Feb 2016 - 6 years ago

    Very smooth and subtle. Very incredible. Loving the bossa style of the piece. I could picture a light drum kit playing along gently. Thank you for sharing!


    Reply by promenade2239

    hello Ookami

    Thanks for such a nice comment! This is a new style I am practising currently. Yes, I was thinking about the loop and playing along it but couldn't find anything corresponding. I didn't play with metronome but still trying to stick with the beat as possible.

    Glad you liked the music.


  15. mildperil
    mildperil on Sun 7th Feb 2016 - 6 years ago

    That was actually quite hypnotic. Thanks for sharing :)

    Reply by promenade2239

    Thank you for your positive comment.

    The rhythm is absolutely hypnotizing to me as well.


  16. HunterFoxzAC
    HunterFoxzAC on Sun 7th Feb 2016 - 6 years ago

    The Track shows that you took the time and efforts to get it just right.Sounds really nice. HunterFoxz.AC

    Reply by promenade2239

    thank you for listening and a nice comment.

    I spent 4hours on this one. Playing keys is a hard work, what can I say. This is a good start for me into something new.


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