SPIKE BOTTERILL - “I GOT RHYTHM”
Hello and welcome to my latest collection of piano solos.
I thought I’d start off with a romp through George Gershwins “I Got Rhythm” as it seemed like a very good place to start !
Irving Berlins “Blue Skies” is my next offering with a few key changes thrown in for good measure. “I’ve Got A Feeling I’m Falling” is the first Fats Waller piece
I ever played and so is here for entirely sentimental reasons. How do you follow Fats Waller ???
Merely blend Beethoven and Cole Porter together and you get a little piece I call “Moonlight & Day” !
I included “Jeepers Creepers” as a tribute to my dear friend and mentor Duncan Swift. Sadly, Duncan is no longer with us but his influence certainly lingers on. “Rags” is basically just a collection of ragtime quotes assembled with a, hopefully, Scott Joplin sort of feel. “Deed I Do” is a song which is frequently played in a very relaxed kind of way so I thought I’d bring it up a notch or two. To bring a little tranquillity back to the proceedings, I have added “Besame Mucho” to the record. Many thanks to my good friend Paul Harrison for introducing this song to me.
An old friend once said to me that “Thou Swell” is an interesting tune but it fails to yield very much. I disagree so I have attempted to yield as much as possible from it ! “Bells” is a piece entirely modelled on the last 4 bars of Fats Wallers “E Flat Blues”. As with all the pieces on this recording, it is painstakingly arranged and rehearsed. ( Not really… I just made it up and thought it sounded nice !!! ) Next up is “Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5 which, interestingly enough, wasn’t actually written by Brahms but is, in fact, a traditional Hungarian folk tune. My version is intended as a tribute to the very wonderful Donald Lambert, one of my all time favourite pianists. As I started with Gershwin, I shall end with Gershwin so I say farewell with “Lady Be Good” .
Many thanks to you for buying this record and I sincerely hope that you enjoy it. Hopefully, I will see you at a gig sometime.
This recording is respectfully dedicated to Duncan Swift.
Duncan was always encouraging and helpful, not only
to me but to every pianist he ever met. He was a truly
great musician and a wonderful friend & inspiration.
Thank you Duncan, this one’s for you !