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Published on Aug 5, 2012
This beautiful song is probably most associated with Nat Cole. It is a very simple song, and I tried to play it that way. I will put the video (free to download) on my website. http://www.bushgrafts.com Keith Jarrett and his trio have played it, and preserved its simplicity. The best version I have heard is a solo performance by perhaps our best Australian jazz pianist, Joe Chindamo on his Album 'Live at Umbria Jazz '05' - available on itunes. I improvised this from a simple leadsheet with melody and chords but has been transcribed exactly by Bjarne Nielsen which he then played and recorded on his beautiful Steinway Grand. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yUHle... I will put both Bjarne's transcription, and mine (as above) on my DVD. Bjarne has transcribed quite a few of my videos, and reproduced them on his wonderful Steinway - 'Over the Rainbow', 'Moonlight in Vermont', 'My Shining Hour', 'Peace Piece'. I have put all of his transcriptions on my DVD. I have been surprised how many pianists have wanted full transcriptions of my videos - my original intention was to just add another dimension to these tutorials, so that improvising pianists would be able to adapt some of the musical ideas and apply them to their own playing. All - now close to 300 transcriptions - are on my DVD, or can be bought singly. http://www.bushgrafts.com/jazz/DVDbuy... As tutorials, they are best used in conjunction with the videos. Not only can the keyboard display, the annotations and in most cases the view of my hands be seen, and the music heard, the notation will also help to de-code what is going on. Modulating more or less abruptly to another key helps to lift the perfomance. Bill Evans often does this even within the 32 bar structure of a song (e.g. 'The Days of Wine and Roses). I have moved between 2 keys apart by a minor third (Eb Major and C Major) - an idea 'stolen' from Joe Chindamo's Umbria performance of the song but he moves by a major third (A Major to C# Major)!