April 19, 2018
I hope you'll enjoy this, from Keith's "Nude Ants" double ECM album, with his European quartet recorded live at the Village Vanguard in '79. The melody curves along beautifully over changes which roll through one tonal center after another (almost as much as Steve Swallow's "Falling Grace"). The solo intro might be something from Ravel, and shows the independence of Keith's fingers, staggering an accompanying chord or commencing an inner line while one finger holds the melody. (BTW, the recording's uTube url is found at the bottom of p.1.)
I must have first started cobbling together my own donkey version of this 35+ years ago (back in the cassette tape age), and scratched it down with pencil/pepper at some later point. It stayed there until 5 years ago (with a few years of Finale under my belt), when my original digital version got started. In Summer '14 I showed it to classical pianist (and big Keith fan) Joe Liccardo to make sure I had given inner motion to the proper hands, and he made some welcome corrections.
But there it sat until a week ago when I was reminded of the wonderful collection of Keith transcriptions here. After a magnifying glass review, it's now posted.
N.B. I'm no pianist so there are none of the dynamics and articulations that pianists are used to seeing. This includes pedaling; although pedal-release is obvious, pedal-engage is lost in the room noise. Chord changes are not included; I intend this to be approached as a classical piece. Clearly the next step is the 2d (still rubato) chorus, adding Jan Garbarek's TSx and Palle Danielson's bass.
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