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Nobody's Jazz (Bernard Pulham Plays Trenet and Kapustin)

by Bernard Pulham

Bernard Pulham performs sixteen virtuosic and fully notated jazz piano solos; some transcribed from famous improvisations and others fully composed concert pieces.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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1. Coin de rue
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2. Vous oubliez vôtre cheval
1:36 $0.99
3. En Avril à Paris
3:14 $0.99
4. Boum!
2:09 $0.99
5. Vous qui passez sans me voir
2:39 $0.99
6. Ménlmontant
1:11 $0.99
7. Variations Op. 41
6:31 $0.99
8. Tea for Two
3:38 $0.99
9. Concert Etudes Op. 40, No. 1 Prelude
2:08 $0.99
10. Concert Etudes Op. 40, No. 2 Rêverie
3:23 $0.99
11. Concert Etudes Op. 40, No. 3 Toccatina
2:16 $0.99
12. Concert Etudes Op. 40, No. 4 Reminiscence
4:32 $0.99
13. Concert Etudes Op. 40, No. 5 Raillery
2:32 $0.99
14. Concert Etudes Op. 40, No. 6 Pastorale
2:43 $0.99
15. Concert Etudes Op. 40, No. 7 Intermezzo
3:39 $0.99
16. Concert Etudes Op. 40, No. 8 Finale
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Album Notes
With this album I have brought together piano music by Nikolai Kapustin and arrangements of music made famous by french singer Charles Trenet.

The styles throughout may be called jazz, and the mood is swing, both adventurous and nostalgic. Yet the title of this album suggests something could be amiss. This is jazz that has been passed on. These solos don't belong to one single person.

Every track is read from notated sheet music, then practiced and interpreted to incorporate the creativity of those great musicians who came before. Hopefully the spontaneity of a true jazz genre is still somehow present in these recordings, even if the intermediate stage of 'written down music' has juxtaposed a contrary pianistic tradition to the living art of jazz performance.

The cover artwork incorporates a painting by the Canadian abstract artist Fiona Neal, which I very much wanted to use alongside the colourful and active Kapustin pieces. The typography also picks out the three colours of the French flag for the Trenet melodies, as well as the black and white of a piano keyboard.

Tracks 1-6
An exceptional pianist made a rare vinyl recording in the 1950s of himself playing six arrangements of Charles Trenet Songs. Each one was inventively arranged, and displayed a dazzling piano technique,. He recorded under complete anonymity calling the record "Mr Nobody Plays Trenet" (Lumen). Then after he died it became known that the recording artist was in fact Alexis Weissenberg, a towering classical virtuoso of his time. Now those wonderful recorded arrangements have been closely listened to in a process known as transcription, and apart from including a little more melodic detail from Trenet's original vocal line, I have endeavoured to play them again in the spirit of Mr Nobody.

Track 7
Nikolai Kapustin's Variations opus 41, takes the opening bassoon theme from Stravinsky's modernist masterpiece " The Rite of Spring" (1913) and completely twists it into many mainstream jazz styles. The resulting 6 minute confection, includes stride, ragtime, Gershwin, Brubeck and bebop influences, and will take the listener as far from Stravinsky's world as can be imagined, although the piece is surely intended as a good natured homage to his Russian/Ukranian compatriot!

Track 8
A transcription of a truly great 1933 recording of Tea for Two (Vincent Youmans) made by Jazz pianist Art Tatum. Classical master Vladimir Horowitz begged for his friend to write out his "arrangements" but Tatum's firm response declared they were totally improvised and never written down so Horowitz made his own fine arrangements of jazz standards instead. Thanks to a long process of listening, slowing down recordings and studying other attempts to do the same, my playing of this transcription is presented here, where I endeavour to recreate just a little of Art Tatum's fabulous invention!

Track 9-16
The increasingly well known and immensely popular pianist-composer Nikolai Kapustin has no worry about the classical/ jazz distinction. He acts thoroughly as a classical composer, writing and editing his music in great detail, and publishing it to be played without variation from the score. Pragmatically, as a composer he can pay as close attention to the inner voices and bass line melodies as Bach or Chopin with this process while retaining the improvisatory shape and expression of the music in his preferred jazz styles which often match the virtuosity of artists such as Oscar Peterson. These 8 Concert Études are full of exciting rhythmic energy and contrast with extrovert, ballad, jazz rock and ragtime, stride, and Boogie-woogie references.



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