Piano Improvisation Series
Azure Miles Records Piano Improvisation Series
Cover art is handmade paper from India
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1. How About You? (Burton Lane and Ralph Freed)) 25:30
Michael Robinson - piano
2. I Remember You (Victor Schertzinger and Johnny Mercer) 21:15
Michael Robinson - piano
All music performed by Michael Robinson on piano
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Catharine Wood at Planetwood Studios
All songs used with licensing permission from the publishers
|Joy Unknown, Another World and Color of Your Dream were recorded during one afternoon session on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.
These liner notes are for all six albums.
There are seventeen total tracks on these six albums, including twelve standards, four Beatles songs, and one original.
While previously believing Beatles songs were impervious to reinterpretation, I've found myself surprisingly drawn to them both emotionally and technically. In terms of substance and originality, the finest Beatles songs are equal in quality to jazz standards. My sense is that one key towards reinventing them is to stray far from their original renderings in search of personal resonance.
The twelve standards I've focused on for these albums are all timeless classics with myriad memories attached to each one in terms of recorded and live performances.
Nearly all of the standards here I know most recently from the recordings of Frank Sinatra, regarded as the leading jazz vocalist by myriad jazz greats. Sinatra's recordings span both swing and modern jazz in their evolutionary settings.
My interpretations of standards and Beatles songs are unusually abstract in terms of melodic and harmonic relationships, resulting from a polymodal orientation, and Indian classical background, my left hand creating a new type of tamboura in the guise of a double bass, while my right hand sings inner visions.
My love of standards is deep, first hearing them played while a child by my mother on the piano at home. Beginning around 16, I was awakened to how standards were largely the primary improvisational material together with blues and modal forms for the artists informing my immersion into recordings and live performances of modern jazz. My love for the music of the Beatles began around the tender age of 8.
An avant-garde artist myself, my compositions and performances for meruvina began as my vision of jazz and Western classical following the Interstellar Space album by John Coltrane and Rashied Ali. In recent years, my piano improvisations have become a second personal jazz direction.
Joy Unknown - Junction, Don't Worry 'Bout Me, In A Mellow Tone.
Another World - My Foolish Heart, I Get A Kick Out of You, Serenade In Blue
Color of Your Dream - Tomorrow Never Knows, Day By Day, Polka Dots and Moonbeams
Gazing Down - I Didn't Know What Time It Was, Love For Sale, The Gypsy
Distant Bell - How About You?, I Remember You
Chance To Say - Dear Prudence, Come Together, The Word
- Michael Robinson, July 2022, Los Angeles
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