Isaac Applebaum | Song of Myself

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Song of Myself

by Isaac Applebaum

This jazz album features an all-star quintet playing original compositions and standards with proceeds benefiting research, treatment and outreach for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sakura
8:22 $1.49
2. The Penguin
7:54 $1.49
3. Amazing Grace
8:33 $1.49
4. Black Odyssey
8:52 $1.49
5. There Is No Greater Love
8:40 $1.49
6. Song of Myself
10:47 $1.49
7. Autumn Leaves
9:08 $1.49
8. Misty
11:29 $1.49
9. Lejos
8:11 $1.49
10. Hamantaschen
7:18 $1.49
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Album Notes
Song of Myself

The magic starts.
It is nearly imperceptible at first, like a tsunami a thousand miles from shore,
A wave building inside me,
Carrying along and mixing together like flotsam
The light European chords of “Autumn Leaves” and echoes of a blues guitar wailing in darkness.
My heartbeat becomes one with the shuffle of the hi-hat and the bass’ insistent throb,
With feet stomping in a dusky church and the pounding of drums before the griot spins his tale.
The audience recedes into the distance and the unknown magic takes hold.
Suddenly I am soloing,
I do not feel the crowd or the keys, only myself and the amalgamation of all that is within me.
The fear and self-consciousness vanish behind a rainbow-coated curtain of sound,
No separation of black and white keys, only brown fingers flying.
Just me singing through my hands as the spirit of God fills me,
Fills me with a beauty and power beyond myself,
To find and connect the parts of myself
And give voice to a raw, spontaneous song of myself.
In each note, each fleeting musical moment,
There is truth.

-Isaac Applebaum

About the Tracks:

Sakura - My arrangement transforms this Japanese folk-song into a modal jazz burner that channels the influence of McCoy Tyner

The Penguin - An original composition, this cool blues showcases the band's soloing chops and infectious swing

Amazing Grace - This solo piano rendition of one of my favorite hymns attempts to express my relationship with God, the greatest blessing in my life, creating islands of serenity while also channeling the passion and power of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme"

Black Odyssey - Inspired by the vibrant rhythms and storytelling traditions of Africa, this original tune's beautiful melody serves as a vehicle for incredible individual and group improvisation

There Is No Greater Love - This swinging rendition of Isham Jones' standard highlights our hard-bop influences and includes excellent solos and trading-fours

Song of Myself - This beautiful, funk-inspired original provides a transcendent experience, featuring a memorable melody and my Fender Rhodes keyboard playing

Autumn Leaves - As Autumn Leaves was one of the first tunes I learned, revisiting it in a joyous trio setting helped me to showcase my unique musical voice and pay tribute to Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett

Misty - This lush ballad features Ingrid Winkler on bari sax and includes some of the album's most melodic playing

Lejos - My original composition, this foot-tapping bossa channels the influences of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Djavan with tropical Fender Rhodes vibes

Hamantaschen - I wrote this tune in memory of my grandmother, who always used to bake hamantaschens, a Jewish holiday cookie, for the whole family, just one of the ways she spread light and love to everyone she met


Isaac Applebaum - Piano, Fender Rhodes
Marcel Wiedmaier - Bass
Eliza Salem - Drums
Ingrid Winkler - Baritone Sax
Ben Wolstein - Trumpet

Supporting a Great Cause:

50% of the proceeds from this album will go towards research,
treatment and outreach for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome,
a genetic disorder that affects 1 in 5000 people worldwide.


I would like to thank God, whose grace, blessing and unconditional love are the source of the beauty and depth I hope this album conveys. I would also like to thank my parents for inspiring, challenging and teaching me that there is no limit to what you can achieve if you try your best, work hard and live with substance. Without their years of support, love and patience, I would not be the person or musician that I am today. This album would not exist without the efforts of Marcel, Eliza, Ingrid and Ben: your creativity, talent, humor and love of pizza continue to amaze me. Thanks to Jeff Gruber of Blue House Productions for your incredible recording and post-production expertise. While this album is titled “Song of Myself”, it truly took a village to create and I am grateful to everyone who has been a part of this incredible journey.

The cover painting is “Piano Man” by Rayhart,
an award-winning Washington, D.C artist.
Album design by Isaac Applebaum
Copyright 2017



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