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Phos Duo - The Lost Sessions: Moment's Notice (J. Coltrane)

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Published on Aug 24, 2014

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***** PHOS DUO PRESENTS *****
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****** THE LOST SESSIONS ******
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This video is a part of a series which was planned to be done with a professional studio recording along with two CD releases; however, when humans make plans, Gods laugh, as they say. A very unfortunate accident left a good part of the studio recordings damaged beyond repair, and the project was pretty much killed. However, we - Phos Duo, who are Antonis Ladopoulos on Saxophone and yours truly (Sami Amiris) on piano - decided to salvage anything salvagable and post it here on Youtube, as a way to keep something alive out of all this, no matter how little. Thus the lost sessions were born, and they truly are lost.

The only audio available is the audio from the two cameras we used, and we did everything we could from that. So you will hear all sorts of sounds, cracks from my poor, suffering piano stool, etc., but we assure you they are all innocent sounds! So, these are not perfect recordings. They are a small and very raw sample of what would have been. Still, we present it here for your pleasure, and hope that the poor sound quality won't irritate you too much.

We do plan to re-record everything soon.

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***** MOMENT'S NOTICE *****
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This is one of my most favorite pieces to play in any style, tempo, key or whatnot. This version here is a bit unorthodox, because it is slow and highly interactive.

It is deliberately slow, because I believe that "Moment's Notice" has one of the most beautiful harmonic progressions ever created. And the very best way to explore the harmony of a song is to make it a ballad, play it slow and really dig in the harmony, see what can be done, really get into the tune. And this particular song has everything one would ever wish for, and then some. Well, what can one say when facing the monumental titanic figure of John Coltrane? Bow one's head in utter respect and celebrate the man and the music. People like John Coltrane prove that humanity has something good to offer to the universe.

It is highly interactive because we, Phos Duo, believe in being highly interactive. We can play in a more orthodox, comp-solo type of situation, which is of course a great and very difficult thing to do well, especially in a duo format. But what we try here is another approach: almost soloing together, as a form of quasi-counterpoint. It produces an effect which can be more challenging to the ear, but still function well in the framework of the song.

There are other takes of this tune that we played entirely differently, exploring the harmonies in completely different ways - others more subtle, others more complex. There is no way one can fit everything doable on a single take. We picked this one because it is clear and simple.

I truly hope you like it as much as I like playing it!

-Sami Amiris

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