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#2901530 - 01/12/18 04:40 AM Köln Concert
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So, my regular weekend band has decided to play Part I in our set list and I pretty much have it down. I’ve been wanting to add it for years and the drummer and bass player were waaaay into it as of last night’s reversal. We ran it a few times and it pretty much nailed it.
The singers love it cause they can take a break and the horn players dig it because it replaces Pick Up The Pieces as the closing instrumental feature.

However, I can’t decide on the right piano sound. I’m using my trusty Korg T-1 and it sounds exactly like it at times, but wonder if I should get a Nord to get a little closer to the original. The guys in the band tell me, “As long as people are dancing, who cares?” Well, I do.

Anyway, if any of you have played this, I’d love to know what you are using live.

I’ll report back Monday!

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#2901535 - 01/12/18 04:57 AM Re: Köln Concert [Re: George88]
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Don't limit yourself to Nord. You have Kawai, Yamaha and Kurzwiel also.
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#2901545 - 01/12/18 06:15 AM Re: Köln Concert [Re: Outkaster]
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Anyone hear of the Yamaha CP-4? KJ uses one for fly dates from what I’ve been told.

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#2901548 - 01/12/18 06:33 AM Re: Köln Concert [Re: George88]
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I know this might sound a little left field but I think the Ensoniq Mirage piano would probably be best for this. Good luck!

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#2901552 - 01/12/18 06:45 AM Re: Köln Concert [Re: Reezekeys]
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Not sure if the singers will really be able to sit this one out. The original does include some subtle vocal accents.

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#2901563 - 01/12/18 06:59 AM Re: Köln Concert [Re: MalH]
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Originally Posted By: MalH
Not sure if the singers will really be able to sit this one out. The original does include some subtle vocal accents.


I've got a full transcription of the horn parts here if anybody needs it.

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#2901600 - 01/12/18 08:40 AM Re: Köln Concert [Re: analogika]
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Man, those horn parts may prove beneficial. Are they in German? If so, our tenor player can translate them into English. Now I really wish my guys could read German music!!!

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#2901601 - 01/12/18 08:41 AM Re: Köln Concert [Re: George88]
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All I know is, when my bar band does this one, it packs the dance floor even faster than "Uptown Funk."
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#2901607 - 01/12/18 08:58 AM Re: Köln Concert [Re: Josh Paxton]
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Totally interchangeable.

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#2901626 - 01/12/18 10:24 AM Re: Köln Concert [Re: George88]
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#2901639 - 01/12/18 10:50 AM Re: Köln Concert [Re: George88]
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Originally Posted By: George88
So, my regular weekend band has decided to play Part I in our set list and I pretty much have it down. I’ve been wanting to add it for years and the drummer and bass player were waaaay into it as of last night’s reversal. We ran it a few times and it pretty much nailed it.
The singers love it cause they can take a break and the horn players dig it because it replaces Pick Up The Pieces as the closing instrumental feature.

However, I can’t decide on the right piano sound. I’m using my trusty Korg T-1 and it sounds exactly like it at times, but wonder if I should get a Nord to get a little closer to the original. The guys in the band tell me, “As long as people are dancing, who cares?” Well, I do.

Anyway, if any of you have played this, I’d love to know what you are using live.

I’ll report back Monday!

You should also work up Rio Part 1.
If you're extra ambitious, have the band learn all 15 parts.
Bar audiences love this!!
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#2901662 - 01/12/18 12:17 PM Re: Köln Concert [Re: JazzPiano88]
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Thanks for the input, everyone. We will definitely consider Rio, thanks for the suggestion. We got hired to play a wedding in June and they want Sun Bear Concerts down a half step so that the groom’s sister can sit in. Maybe we will learn a couple of Rio tunes and see if she knows them.

Does anyone know if KJ ever sits in? The wedding is in Rochester and maybe he might come and hang.

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#2901663 - 01/12/18 12:30 PM Re: Köln Concert [Re: George88]
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Originally Posted By: George88
Thanks for the input, everyone. We will definitely consider Rio, thanks for the suggestion. We got hired to play a wedding in June and they want Sun Bear Concerts down a half step so that the groom’s sister can sit in. Maybe we will learn a couple of Rio tunes and see if she knows them.

Does anyone know if KJ ever sits in? The wedding is in Rochester and maybe he might come and hang.


He lives in rural New Jersey. From what I hear, he welcomes people wandering onto his property and knocking on his door. He's also open to having his picture taken with people.
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#2901671 - 01/12/18 01:22 PM Re: Köln Concert [Re: Strays Dave]
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This thread is not what I expected it to be.

Way cool that you can play that with a band and have people dancing, though. I'd be very interested to hear what that sounds like.
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#2901683 - 01/12/18 02:43 PM Re: Köln Concert [Re: timwat]
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Originally Posted By: timwat
I keep telling people that 24k Magic is the My Song for a new generation.

Nothing against the Bruno Mars version, but that's the best The Who song ever! Killer saxophone solo.

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#2901685 - 01/12/18 02:49 PM Re: Köln Concert [Re: George88]
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Originally Posted By: George88
Man, those horn parts may prove beneficial. Are they in German? If so, our tenor player can translate them into English. Now I really wish my guys could read German music!!!


Just have them pronounce the "B" as "H", and they'll be fine.

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#2901705 - 01/12/18 05:52 PM Re: Köln Concert [Re: analogika]
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Man, for years did Koln Pt 1 at our local blues jam. Have since taken to doing it after the 7th Inning stretch at Petco. Perfect vibe for it.
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#2901723 - 01/12/18 07:03 PM Re: Köln Concert [Re: Bobadohshe]
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Bob,

I was told that it was commissioned as a spring training piece for Mets.

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#2902197 - 01/15/18 06:52 AM Re: Köln Concert [Re: George88]
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Maybe one of those arranger keyboards might work out best so you can have rhythm accompaniment. I'm not sure if KJ used one in Koln but I hear he used them alot with the trio recordings when Jack wasn't quite in form.

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#2902275 - 01/15/18 11:26 AM Re: Köln Concert [Re: MalH]
analogika Offline
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Originally Posted By: MalH
Maybe one of those arranger keyboards might work out best so you can have rhythm accompaniment. I'm not sure if KJ used one in Koln but I hear he used them alot with the trio recordings when Jack wasn't quite in form.

The new Yamaha Genos comes with presets for Bregenz, Köln, and Rio.

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#2902293 - 01/15/18 12:55 PM Re: Köln Concert [Re: analogika]
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I'm curious as to how you guys handle the multiple splits and layers required to get close to the original. Anyone care to share some Mainstage settings?
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