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Jim Erickson - Solo Jazz Pianist: Music

Poinciana

(Jim Erickson)
December 3, 2009
Simon and Bernier

This arrangement is a solo piano adaptation of Ahmad Jamal’s 1958 classic rendition. I’ve always admired the percussiveness Ahmad brings out in the piano.

Ana Maria

(Jim Erickson)
December 3, 2009
Wayne Shorter

A beautiful ballad by Wayne Shorter written for his late wife. The melody and compositional structure lend quite nicely to solo piano.

Body and Soul

(Jim Erickson)
December 3, 2009
Green

A favorite standard of mine with dark and mysterious overtones.

Effendi

(Jim Erickson)
December 3, 2009
McCoy Tyner
McCoy Tyner’s classic modal composition. Both Tyner’s and Ahmad Jamal’s recordings were models for this version.

My Favorite Things

(Jim Erickson)
December 3, 2009
Rodgers & Hammerstein
Entirely influenced by John Coltrane’s untouchable recording, this is a personal take that embraces the aesthetic in a solo format.

Natural Selection

(Jim Erickson)
December 3, 2009
Richard Beirach
Another great composition by Richie Beirach. A contemporary sounding jazz piece with a pop-like bridge that entices me.

Wave

(Jim Erickson)
December 3, 2009
Antonio Carlos Jobim
A modalized version of a 1967 tune from Antonio Carlos Jobim’s third album. The prominent 2:3 clave is the rhythmic driver for this all-out jam.

Don't Look Back

(Jim Erickson)
December 3, 2009
James R. Erickson
Speaking of all-out jams, this is an original composition for my son, Anton. It commemorates our trip to Russia in 2006 to adopt our second son. The Iraq War by this time had deteriorated and been exposed to the point that many Russians had become very anti-American. It was a rough trip and we returned a week early due to the hostile environment.

Twilight in Moscow

(Jim Erickson)
December 3, 2009
James R. Erickson
Another adoption trip to Russia, in 2002, under much better circumstances politically. Russian sentiments following 9/11 were quite sympathetic to American concerns. This song was written for my son, Elijah, inspired by the stunning view from the Hotel Ukraine in Moscow as the city lights began to shine.

Twist of Fate

(Jim Erickson)
December 3, 2009
James R. Erickson
A soliloquy on the wonders of life’s journey and the surprises, both good and bad, that come with it.

Falling Grace

(Jim Erickson)
December 3, 2009
Steve Swallow
Penned by Steve Swallow, “Falling Grace” struck me with its captivating melody that seems to beg for understanding. This is my own interpretation…from the heart.

U ' N ' I

(Jim Erickson)
December 3, 2009
Miles Davis
Hip-hop solo piano, courtesy of Miles Davis’ 1983 release on “Star People.”

Crossroads

(Jim Erickson)
December 3, 2009
James R. Erickson
Crossroads was composed the day before being recorded. A passionate reflection on current events in my life.