Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
It was translated into Italian here: https://www.allaboutjazz.com/i-10-cd-nel-cd-player-di--nick-millevoi-nick-millevoi-by-vincenzo-roggero.php
But here it is in English:
Jeff Parker - The New Breed (International Anthem - 2016)
Friday, March 31, 2017
"Sleepwalk" is a guitar standard. I originally heard this when I was 13 on Brian Setzer's album, Dirty Boogie. He plays a great version of it.
It's originally from 1959, by guitar and pedal steel playing Italian brothers from Brooklyn, Santo & Johnny. Their uncle plays drums on the tune and Santo's wife Ann co-wrote it with them. Their record was a #1 hit.
It's been covered by so many guitar players that I'm not going to bother even listing any. YouTube can tell you all about that. For my tastes, I'm sticking with the original, Danny Gatton, and Brian Setzer.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Poinciana - Song of the Trees
POINCIANA - Song of the TreesPosted by Nick Millevoi on Friday, March 24, 2017
I thought "Poinciana" was an Ahmad Jamal tune because of his iconic version from At the Pershing. I never looked for an earlier version until a couple years ago. Turns out it's from 1936 and was based on a Cuban folk song, "Song of the Tree." There are lots of great versions of this, including ones by the Four Freshman, Frank Sinatra, and one by Vulfpeck that's all on vocoder.
Ahmad Jamal trio guitarist Ray Crawford used to play his guitar percussively to imitate the sound of congas, which is another thing about Ahmad Jamal that I didn't realize for a long time. I thought he was switching off and actually playing a percussion instrument, but he was hitting his guitar. Even though Crawford was out of the band by the time of At the Pershing, I included some "conga guitar" at the top of this arrangement as a tribute.
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Friday, March 17, 2017
Your Cheatin Heart
YOUR CHEATIN HEARTPosted by Nick Millevoi on Friday, March 17, 2017
The first time I played this song was from a copy of a handwritten chart of Bill Frisell’s that Dan Blacksberg brought back from a summer program in college. I realized that learning country tunes was just as cool as learning jazz tunes and went on a bender learning songs by Hank and Willie.
I just learned from Wikipedia that “Your Cheatin Heart” was the B-side to “Kaw-Liga,” which seems completely ridiculous now (if you don’t know that song, give a listen and you’ll get why). This song was recorded in September 1952 and released in January 1953, shortly after Williams’ death on New Years. The original recording features Chet Atkins on lead guitar.
I have a real thing for jazz and r&b versions of country tunes. I really dig the Ray Charles version from 1962: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G68gA72y6fU and the James Brown version from 1969’s Soul on Top: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=462TXP95oVU. “Can ya feel it?”
#hankwilliams #yourcheatinheart #guitar #sologuitar #telecaster #countryguitar #twang #twangy