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#224873 - 12/01/13 11:11 PM [User Showcase] Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming
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Ok, this may not be everyone's (read: anyone's) idea of a Christmas song, but I wanted to highlight a BIAB feature that I think is really great.

I will admit that I had no idea that this was a Christmas song until I looked into it. I've had a version of it on it on my Christmas playlist for years by this cat named Rick Modlin, and whenever it comes up I have to:

A) stop what I'm doing to listen to it, because it is just so good
B) remind myself to get it off of the playlist because it is not a Christmas song

Well, it turns out that it IS a famous and ancient Christmas song, and it has been covered by everyone from Linda Ronstadt to Sting.

This is a trio using:
Terry Clark RD=JazzTerryClark02-Brushes
Neil Swainson 1392 Jazz Ballad Sw 060 (very Simple)

I will tell you that it is NOT POSSIBLE to do a song like this without the very simple bass playing feature that was introduced. Very innovative, and when you need it... well you need it.

Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming

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#224878 - 12/01/13 11:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming [Re: kenbiab]
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Ken, that's fantastic! That tune has been a Christmas favorite around our household for years.

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#224925 - 12/02/13 07:28 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming [Re: kenbiab]
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Nice job. Another song I've never heard until now.
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#224930 - 12/02/13 07:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming [Re: kenbiab]
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Nice relaxing song...
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#224974 - 12/02/13 11:57 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming [Re: kenbiab]
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Hi Ken,

this song is very common over here.
I like your version a lot.

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#225034 - 12/02/13 02:55 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming [Re: kenbiab]
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Ken,

Really nice! Very rich sound, and good piano work. Beautiful relaxing song. Didn't know it was a Christmas song either.

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#225237 - 12/03/13 03:34 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming [Re: Steve Young]
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Originally Posted By: Steve Young
Ken,

Really nice! Very rich sound, and good piano work. Beautiful relaxing song. Didn't know it was a Christmas song either.

Steve


+another! I never associated it with Christmas. Loved the piano technique - lots of pedal un-damping - nice sounding peeanna, Ken.
cheers
ian
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#225251 - 12/03/13 05:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming [Re: sixchannel]
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Hi Ken

Nice, sensitive jazz arrangement.

What is the piano that you used in the recording?

Enjoyed the chord inversions in the left-hand, and mixture of nice bright single-key melody really works well.

Thanks for the listen

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#225376 - 12/03/13 04:07 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming [Re: kenbiab]
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Cool!
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#225503 - 12/03/13 11:57 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming [Re: kenbiab]
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Thank you everyone for the kind comments! Videotrack- this is a Schimmel 120J acoustic upright piano. Not a high-end model by any stretch, but it seems to record well on this little Zoom recorder that I use.
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#225527 - 12/04/13 02:30 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming [Re: kenbiab]
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Ken,

Very cool. Really enjoyed the listen. The bass line is perfect, defines the feel. cool

Greg

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#225540 - 12/04/13 04:37 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming [Re: kenbiab]
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Hi, Ken !:))

It is a very beautiful tune
very sensitively and softly played
by you ! I think you really are
IN the tune when playing it !!!
I got tears in my eyes thinking
of Christmases gone by together
with my beloved late wife Beni !

Cheers
Dani

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#225624 - 12/04/13 12:14 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming [Re: kenbiab]
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Ken,

Beautiful.

(again reminding me of Tom Waits...)

Keep 'em coming!

floyd

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#225820 - 12/05/13 08:47 AM [User Showcase] Re: Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming [Re: kenbiab]
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Ken, Absolutely beautifully played. Very nice start to my day. The bass is just right. Nicely recorded. Thanks for posting. Tom

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#225859 - 12/05/13 12:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming [Re: kenbiab]
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Nice production. Enjoyed the listen and learning about the tune. And, yep, I love that "simple" and "very simple" feature as it makes the jazz bass work very well with our blues efforts. Thanks again for posting this one.
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#225962 - 12/05/13 07:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming [Re: kenbiab]
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Ken,

This was a very enjoyable listen, man I'll bet you had them ivories grinning with all that single note tickling.

Beautiful job in every aspect.

Later,
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#226546 - 12/07/13 05:10 PM [User Showcase] Re: Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming [Re: kenbiab]
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wow! the piano sounds super!

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