Jazzwire

I joined an online Jazz workshop in November of 2020. We work for three weeks on a song and I tend to record a number of different versions, using different backing tracks. I am playing mostly, tenor, Bari and alto saxophones, with an occasional soprano sax and since recently also a beginning trumpet. I will link to a directory that then has a catalogue of songs with in them a variety of mp3 files. It is a work in progress.

Jazzwire Recordings

The Real Recordings

I made these recordings with my good friend Frans van den Hurk in the Netherlands (going back to high school). Frans started playing trumpet in midlife, and we made a large number of recordings exchanging Audacity files, using nice backing tracks. I play tenor sax on all pieces (my soprano playing didn't pass Frans' critical judgement. He is right as usual). We had a lot of fun doing this, and you can download recordings from his website. https://sites.google.com/site/franswebding/the-real-recordings

Bari-Videos: Some movies of me playing my Baritone Sax

  • Last Tango in Paris (Gato Barbieri)
  • Triste (Bossa Nova)
  • But Beautiful (ballad)
  • Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White (Cha Cha Cha)
  • Little Waltz
  • Alfies Theme
  • Four
  • A Child is Born
  • Blue Bossa
  • I hear a rhapsody (on tenor, as a ballad)
  • In a Sentimental Mood

    Bari-irealpro: List of recordings on Bari-Sax

    In January 2020 I got myself a P Mauriat Baritone saxophone (Bravo) and I absolutely love it. It has a nice gritty sound (think Pepper Adams). I play it now with a 2.5 van Doren reed (more grit!) and usually play it sitting down (it gets heavy) while recording using a Shure M5 microphone. The backing tracks used are standard irealpro. I have realbook themes written for tenor (b flat), so I switch up the chords by 5/2 to get it right for my bari. Unfortunately that means I loose all information on chords and scale information that I can get from irealpro. So I just improvise off the melody line. I usually don't stray away to much from it. The recordings posted were all recorded on two evening settings in the week before springbreak (mid February 2020). I want to post to share with some of friends. Here is a list of the tracks. With irealpro it is just recording in one shot, no edits, no corrections. So the occasional poor note pops up. I can live with that. That's how it is.

    Ballads

  • My Funny Valentine.m4a
  • Angel Eyes.m4a
  • Darn That Dream.m4a
  • Chelsea Bridge.m4a
  • Lush Life.m4a
  • Round Midnight.m4a
  • Sophisticated Lady.m4a
  • Tenderly.m4a
  • More Ballads (added March 8/15)

  • Round Midnight.m4a (Alternate, longer)
  • Body and Soul.m4a
  • Nature Boy.m4a
  • Misty.m4a
  • In a Sentimental Mood.m4a
  • These Foolish Things.m4a
  • Moonlight in Vermont.m4a

    The one and only (my favourite piece):

  • Goodbye Pork Pie Hat.m4a
    (The first couple of bars are a little stiff, but it gets better after.)
  • Goodbye Pork Pie Hat.m4a (alternate March 1)

  • More upbeat pieces

  • Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise.m4a
  • Solar.m4a
  • Footprints.m4a
  • Little Sunflower.m4a
  • Four.m4a
  • Blue Bossa.m4a
  • More upbeat pieces, added March 1/8/15 2020

  • St. Thomas.m4a
  • Tune Up.m4a
  • Well You Needn't (Thelonious Monk!) .m4a
  • West Coast Blues.m4a
  • All Blues.m4a
  • Softly as in a morning sunrise.m4a (alternate)
  • Fall.m4a
  • Little Waltz.m4a
  • Four.m4a (alternate)

    More pieces, added April 3 2020

  • Nica's Dream.m4a (Argentinian Tango version)
  • Perdido.m4a (More Latin)
  • Ill Wind.m4a
  • Fly me to the moon.m4a (classic for lovers)
  • Naima.m4a (John Coltrane ballad)
  • Mr. PC..m4a (John Coltrane original, on the Bari)
  • Bye Bye Blackbird.m4a
  • I Can't Get Started.m4a
  • Chelsea_Bridge.m4a (Alternate)

    More pieces, added April 11-12 2020

  • Pannonica.m4a (Monk tune, no improvisation!)
  • Friday the 13th.m4a (Monk tune, 4 bars! repeated ...)
  • Polkadots_and_Moonbeans (ballad)
  • Autumn in New York (Beautiful cords. Improvisation needs more work)
  • My Ship (Kurt Weil song, first time effort ...)
  • Dolphin Dance (Herbie Hancock, even eights open chords. Right amount of crazy?)
  • Afro Blue (12/8 rythm)

    More pieces, added April 18-19 2020

  • All of Me
  • Autumn in New York (in tenor key)
  • On Green Dolphin Street (even eights)
  • Ruby my Dear (Monk beauty)
  • Moment's Notice (Coltrane original, played more slowly
  • Alfie's Theme.m4a (Sonny Rollins original)
  • Desafinado (somewhat slow)
  • Little_Waltz.m4a (Alternate)
  • Isfahan (Duke Ellingon song for Johnny Hodges)
  • Darn that Dream (Alternate)

    More pieces, added April 26 2020

  • Body and Soul (Alternate)
  • Sophisticated Lady (Alternate)
  • Ill Wind (Alternate)
  • It's only a Paper Moon
  • That's All.m4a (Ben Webster Classic)

    More pieces, added May 2 / May 7, 2020

  • I Mean You (Monk piece)
  • You don't know what love is (Standard inspired by Sonny Rollins)
  • Gee Baby Ain't I good to you
  • Tenderly (Alternate, longer)
  • Desafinado (Alternate, slow)
  • Autumn in New York (Alternate, keep trying)
  • Alfie's Theme (Alternate, So much fun to play)
  • Moonlight in Vermont (Alternate)
  • Autumn Leaves
  • My funny valentine (Alternate)
  • Blue Bossa (Alternate)

    More pieces, added May 10, 2020

  • Someday my Prince will come
  • Ruby, my Dear (second attempt)
  • Dolphin Dance (Alternate)
  • Naima (Alternate)

    More pieces, added May 17, 2020

  • Cherokee
  • On the sunny side of the street
  • Summertime
  • Fly me to the Moon (Alternate)
  • Autumn Leaves (Alternate)
  • Jordu (Clifford Brown)
  • Let's fall in Love
  • Manha de Carnaval

    More pieces, added May 28, 2020

  • Flamingo
  • Impressions (John Coltrane, but slower, more peaceful)

    More pieces, added June 26 / 29, July 1, 2020

  • Joy Spring (slow)
  • Recordame
  • Valse Hot
  • Corcovado
  • Afternoon in Paris
  • All of You
  • Agua de Beber

    More pieces, added July 4, 5, 2020

  • All the things you are
  • April in Paris
  • Anthropology (Slow !!)
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Autumn in New York
  • Ana Maria
  • April Joy
  • Bessie's Blues
  • Black Coffee
  • Bewitched
  • Black Narcissus
  • Black Orpheus (Manha de Carnaval)

    More pieces, added July 6, 2020

  • Bluesette
  • Blue Monk
  • Blue in Green
  • The Blue Room
  • Blue Bossa
  • But Beautiful
  • Bye Bye Blackbird
  • Come Sunday
  • Chelsea Bridge
  • Solar

    More pieces, added July 12, 15, 2020

  • Call Me
  • Can't help lovin' dat man
  • A Child is Born
  • Ceora
  • C'est Si Bon
  • Chega de Saudade
  • Cherokee
  • Impressions_July_12
  • Contemplations
  • Autumn in New York
  • Autumn Leaves

    More pieces, added July 27, 2020

  • Daahoud
  • Darn that Dream July 23
  • Desafinado July 23
  • Days and Nights waiting
  • Dear old Stockholm
  • Dearly Beloved
  • Django
  • Dolphin Dance July 27
  • Don't get around much anymore
  • Dream a little dream of me
  • Epistrophy
  • Easy Living
  • My funny Valentine July 27.m4a
  • You don't know what Love is July 27
  • Alfie's Theme July 27

    More pieces, added July 30, August 3, 2020

  • The Girl from Ipanema
  • E.S.P.
  • 500 Miles High
  • 502 Blues
  • Fee Fi Fo Fum
  • Fine Romance
  • For Heaven's Sake
  • For Sentimental Reasons
  • Four July 30
  • Freddie the Freeloader
  • Full House
  • Gee Baby, August 3
  • Giant Steps
  • God bless the Child
  • Have you met miss Jones
  • How high the Moon
  • Insensatez

    More pieces, added August 4-5, 2020

  • Loverman
  • I can't get started
  • Almost Blue
  • Alone Together
  • Almost like being in Love
  • Basin Street Blues
  • Beatrice
  • Beautiful Love
  • Begin the Beguine
  • Besame Mucho
  • Caravan
  • Cantaloupe Island
  • Doxy
  • Embraceable You
  • Triste
  • Harlem Nocturne
  • Passion Flower
  • One Note Samba

    More pieces, added August 9, 2020

  • I can't give you anything but Love
  • I could write a Book
  • I got it bad and that ain't good
  • I let a song out of my Heart
  • I love Paris
  • I love You
  • I'll remember April
  • I remember Clifford
  • Meditation
  • Love for Sale
  • Last Tango in Paris
  • I am beginning to see the light
  • If you never come to me
  • In a mellow tone

    More pieces, added August 30, 2020

  • There will never be another you
  • There is no greater Love (Gipsy)
  • Theme for Ernie (played by Coltrane) #
  • Here's that rainy Day (Bolero)
  • Here's that rainy Day (Bolero, alternate)
  • Call me irresponsible
  • Surrey with the fringe on top
  • Summertime
  • Minority
  • Un Homme et une Femme
  • Blue Moon
  • I'll take Romance
  • Danny Boy

    More pieces, added September 13, 2020

  • Softly as in a morning sunrise
  • Stella by Starlight
  • Tune Up
  • My foolish Heart
  • I've never been in love before
  • On Green Dolphin Street
  • It had to be you
  • I'll be seeing you
  • Mack the Knife
  • I'm a fool to want you
  • If I were a Bell
  • Skylark

    More pieces, added September 19, 2020

  • I will wait for you
  • I've got your under my skin
  • I remember you
  • I fall in love too easily
  • I get a kick out of you

    More pieces, added October 3, 2020

  • My favorite things
  • Maiden Voyage
  • Lazy Bird (Coltrane)
  • Lady Bird (Dameron)
  • Invitation
  • Iris
  • Laura
  • Lullaby of Birdland
  • Mahjong (Tango version)
  • Midnight Mood
  • Milano (Bolero version)

    More pieces, added October 17, 2020

  • My one and only love
  • Nardis
  • Nefertiti
  • My shining hour
  • My Romance
  • My Ship (alternate)
  • So What
  • Idle Moments
  • The night has a thousand eyes
  • Waltz for Debby
  • Never will I marry
  • Up jumped spring

    More pieces, added November 15, 2020

  • Nuages
  • Nostalgia in Times Square
  • Only trust your heart
  • My one and only love (original bari key)
  • Out of Nowhere
  • Oliloqui Valley
  • Days of Wine and Roses
  • Blue Skies
  • Cry me a River

    More pieces, added November 15, 2020

  • Indiana
  • It might as well be spring
  • It's all right with me
  • It's impossible
  • Just Friends
  • Just squeeze me
  • Love for Sale (alternate)
  • Lady sings the blues
  • Prelude to a kiss
  • Naima November 21
  • Softly as in a morning sunrise
  • Theme from Love Story
  • L-O-V-E

    More pieces, added December 26, 2021

  • Laura_Xmas_21
  • The Nearness of you (ballad)
  • My_One_and_Only_Love_Xmas_21
  • Skylark_Xmas_21
  • Autumn in New York, alto, Xmas_21
  • Isfahan on Alto
  • Almost_Blue_Xmas_21
  • Pharoah_play_along_alto
  • Isabelle_Kamasi_play_along_Soprano
  • Soul Eyes
  • Invitation (on tenor)
  • Pensativa (tenor)


    More Pieces, added Easter, 2022

  • You'd be so nice to come home too (Bossa, tenor)
  • All of You (Ballad, tenor)
  • Tune up (like Sonny)
  • Senor Blues
  • Isfahan April 2022
  • Night Dreamer (Wayne Shorter Song)
  • Invitation Alto Bolero
  • Love for Sale, Alto, Samba


    Music: List of music recordings

    Over the years my colleague PN and I together with other mucicians have made a number of "home studio" recordings. I play tenor and soprano saxophones, as well as the EWI -electronic wind instrument- , a kind of synthesiser that is played as a horn (a flute more or less). It allows me to play other instruments (or imagine it at least). PN plays guitar, bass, and the occasional drums. Other mucisians include Scott Hopkins (guitar), Lee Huntingon (bass), and Yves Richards on trumpet or drums. I will list below some of the mp3 files, together with some comments. Most of the recordings come together as a jam (often a one-time thing). As a result some of these songs go on (and on). Us enjoying the creation in the moment.

  • loveishere.mp3

    This piece, which we recorded July 2014, has PN on guitar and me on soprano. It is a composition by PN. The first time we played it in this setting and tempo!

  • Take That.mp3

    This piece was recorded August 1, 2014. Composition of Scott Hopkins. Musicians: Scott Hopkins chords on guitar, PN lead guitar (synth), Marcel: tenor and soprano sax (coming in a little after 3.15). We have jammed on this before, sometimes. Now made it permanent.

  • All Blues.mp3

    A classic by Miles Davis of course. Here I am indulging on tenor sax for (too) many choruses. PN provides chords on guitar in a loop, drums by a computer (it shows). Near the end PN joins in with some drumming touches of his own.

  • Autumn Leaves.mp3

    Another classic, played majestically by Miles many times. PN is on guitar, while I play the EWI, using a "trumpet harmon mute setting". The sound of the EWI is recorded through a microphone. You can hear me breathing heavily. I sweat as much on the EWI as on a real life trumpet! In the middle I sing a chorus (in my best french, followed by some unintended portugese!)

  • rama.mp3

    This is an old composition from PN's student years. PN plays guitar on it in this version, and I play bandoneon on the EWI (think Astor Piazolla as I do). There is some singing in an ancient slavic language, with a Dutch accent. I like the feel and timings I coax out of the bandoneon. Fun to do! Again, first and only time we played it like this. Love the improvisation mode of music. Of the moment.

  • melissa.mp3

    And now for something completely different. Melissa is an "out of tune" romping blues. PN on bass (great!), Yves on the drums and me having fun on the tenor.

  • Candy.mp3

    This song has a bit of a fusion feel to it. I named it after Candy Dulfer. PN on base (driving the song), Scott on guitar, I on the tenor. It was an inspiring evening. We have only played this song once, to my regret. We can't seem to remember it. Rosy is on the drums. She sounds for real!

  • return.mp3

    We recorded this as I returned for a week or two to Waterloo, from a sabbatical stay at Muelheim an der Ruhr. I rented a beautiful (and expensive) Selmer sax for the period, and PN and I got together. This mp3 file has two songs: our favorite blues (PN soulful guitar, me the Selmer tenor). The second recording is called nlogn, PN's favorite composition. It has me on the selmer, me on a trumpet EWI and me on a clarinet from the EWI, PN is playing guitar and bass. There is some annoying "egg rattling" thrown in in the middle (also me). The nlogn song is "Montreal Crazy" style: Cacafonia!

  • soprano.mp3

    A song with PN guitar, me on my new found love, the soprano sax. A great instrument, but a bit hard to play in tune.

  • africa.mp3

    A song started by Scott playing a great "highlife" riff on guitar, PN on bass. I am trying to find my way on tenor. PN, as usual, is pushing us in another direction at the end of our run. Fun to hear how we try to find our way. The song ends abrubtly as we run out of preasigned drum track. That was the end of that.

  • Survive.mp3

    Survive by Gloria Gaynor, one of PN's favourites (It starts at 4.50, before that is PN only in an arabic mood, we forgot to record the sax). We give Survive a relaxed jazzy feel. PN loops the theme using his guitar (great rythm to play on). Then we both go on, endlessly. In the end PN switches to a fretless bass. He still needs to practice a bit ...

  • Scotts_mints.mp3

    I am definitely running out of respectable tunes to post. PN on his new gimmick a guitar synthesiser (his third or so), Scott on guitar, me on soprano (mostly) and some tenor at the end. The first three choruses are respectable, then we start to get off on a limb (blame PN's new toy). Still this is a pretty typical session of ours, trying to follow wherever the flow takes us.

  • Sad.mp3

    Lee Huntington on the bass (great!), PN uses his magic to get a great guitar sound. I am growling through my horn, and my vocal cords. We had a lot of fun doing this one (even if it sounds ever so desperately sad).

  • Rotta.mp3

    Finally a little piece of crazy to sum it all up. This piece is termed Rotta after the composer who worked many times with Frederico Fellini. Imagine the marching band going around in circles ...

  • More music added on December 13, 2014

  • Leona.mp3

    This is a song composed by Scott (guitar line) a decade ago. We recorded this first version with PN on bass, and me wiggling my butt while creating the melody line. The song has potential!

  • Leona.mp3 take 2!

    Same song, now with our new member "Roger" on drums. The song needs to be rock tight. We are not quite there yet.

  • Brit-Pop.mp3

    Another riff by Scott on the guitar (great sound!). We added a "human league" drum to it, with PN finding a great matching bass. I am exploring first on soprano, later on using the tenor. We kept going for a while!

  • Lisandro-Cubana.mp3

    PN had a visiting colleague, and we have the rule we only invite musicians! Lisandro plays a nylon-string guitar. This song is a Cuban original driven by Lisandro. PN plays nice lines on the guitar, I am singing a bit and coming in on soprano, later on tenor. Nice feel Lisandro!

  • Guantanamero.mp3

    Cuba classic. A slow dance, with PN and me going all over the place. Our warming up song with Lisandro.

  • Lisandro-dark-alley.mp3

    This was a total improvisation on our Lisandro evening. The song is driven by the bass of PN. Lisandro picking his strings and me on tenor mostly, with a surprise soprano entry at 3.40. Lots of fun.

  • NlogN_roger.mp3

    PN's favourite composition NlogN, first time with Roger on the drums. Scott guitar, PN bass, me on the saxes.

  • Africa.mp3 (take 2)

    A second version of Africa, Scott's high-life riff, Roger on drums (great!), PN bass, me coaxing a melody line.

  • Ramakagda.mp3 (take 2)

    A second version of Rama (see above). Totally different feel this time. Lee on bass, Yves on drums, PN guitar, me on tenor and stretching my vocal chords. The lyrics sound angry (what's in a language?).