Upright and Grand

4 Mar

Photo by Vince Longi Used Under Creative Commons License

Blue Monk – Bill Evans
From his “Conversations with Myself Album.” Bill Evans on piano, piano and piano. Best to listen with headphones.

Journey Through The Past – Neil Young
I get so used to Neil Young either playing acoustic guitar or getting overwhelmed by Crazy Horse, it’s nice to hear him play piano once in a while.

Lobachevsky – Tom Lehrer
For my mom.

Loving Cup – The Rolling Stones
A particularly loose version from the Exile on Main Street demo tapes.

Mess Around – Professor Longhair
‘Fess in a mess.

Paranoid Android – Brad Mehldau
A 19:30 solo piano version of the Radiohead tune. Play it on a good stereo with the lights off.

Rockhouse, Parts I and II – Ray Charles
Some might call it filler for his “What’d I Say” album, but I think it’s nice to hear Ray take a break from singing and just play.

San Diego Seranade – Tom Waits
If you’ve heard this song on “The Heart of Saturday Night” with full orchestra, you’ll appreciate this stripped down version from a show at the San Diego Folk Festival. It’s just Tom and a piano.

Sunny Side of the Street – James Booker
Another great New Orleans pianist putting his mark on this jazz standard.

Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen
OK, haters, if your only exposure to Bruce Springsteen is “Born in the USA” and his mid 80’s videos on MTV, do yourself a favor and listen to this track from a 1975 show in London. Even better, put the video on your Netflix queue. I’ve embedded a video of the song below.

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