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For some reason I was feeling kind of a neo-soul vibe while putting together this arrangement of "Here's That Rainy Day." I borrowed the key, Db major, from Nina Simone's excellent version, and a couple harmonic tricks from McCoy Tyner's version, mixing up minor and major tonic chords here and there. Plus a new rug in the home studio, really ties the room together!

 

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For some reason I was feeling kind of a neo-soul vibe while putting together this arrangement of "Here's That Rainy Day." I borrowed the key, Db major, from Nina Simone's excellent version, and a couple harmonic tricks from McCoy Tyner's version, mixing up minor and major tonic chords here and there. Plus a new rug in the home studio, really ties the room together!

Lovely and thought-provoking playing. And the comment about the rug 馃憦
 

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Very enjoyable - the backing track wouldn't be a style that I would initially think of going for, but it really works well with the tenor sound on this song. I need to have a go at moving away from the normal jazz ballad / medium swing type styles much more often.
 

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For some reason I was feeling kind of a neo-soul vibe while putting together this arrangement of "Here's That Rainy Day." I borrowed the key, Db major, from Nina Simone's excellent version, and a couple harmonic tricks from McCoy Tyner's version, mixing up minor and major tonic chords here and there. Plus a new rug in the home studio, really ties the room together!

REally nice tone, lines , inflections. Everything is great K
 

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Remind me to bug you about phrasing and tone at our next lesson. K
 

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Awesome playing Brian! Simply amazing - I recently discovered neo-soul and love it and have been trying to do the same thing, But about a hundred times worse than the way you approached it! Neo-Soul is my new craze, But I cannot make a decent neo soul backing track to save my life. Yours is absolutely killer!
 

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Thank, J! I do make a chunk of my living producing tracks like this, so I'm coming at that part from a bit of an advantage. :) But I enjoy making them and improvising over them quite a bit.

I appreciate the kind words!
I love all your tracks! Funnily enough, I just joined a recording group and have a series of people helping to put together a decent Neo-Soul track, hoping it turns out.

But your track and your playing on top of it is otherworldly! Glad to have you contributing and inspiring :)
 

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Thank you, Alex, I appreciate it! Yes, these have been trying times... I'm playing my first gig since March tomorrow, a live-stream in a safe space with lots of room for distancing. Before this year, it had been fifteen years of making almost my whole living performing live, usually a couple hundred gigs a year. It's been very strange indeed. I'm grateful for home recording and remote collaborations, they've helped to keep me sane!
 
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