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The art of restraint


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Thank you for that, Carlo. Beautiful.


More in line with the Al Green stuff, the classic example of restraint on the clav:




Wish I could find a performance of the arrangement of "All of Me" that I heard the Basie Big Band play two years ago. One of the most laid-back, swinging things I've ever heard with a bass/piano duet intro. Unbelievable. The YouTube selection has a slightly different arrangement with Basie playing.

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Feel free to add to this. Vocals, keys... anything musical you think is in keeping with the subject. In an age of excess and bombast, music that demonstrates restraint and taste deserves extra love.

Nice. :thu:


Thanks, D-Bon.





"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent." - Victor Hugo
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In the context of playing music, I like to define taste as having chops and knowing when not to use them.


The entire John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman album is a master class in the brilliance of restraint. It's certainly my favorite jazz vocal album and in my top 10 favorites, maybe top 5. Here's a great example that became my wedding song (a band played this arrangement):





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