Thursday, July 20, 2017

Jimmy Raney - Solo

When Don Schlitten suggested that I do a solo album, my first reaction was apprehension. Just guitar for forty minutes ! After discussing the idea with him and several others, I decided to take the plunge, mainly because he has been invariably right in his past recommendations.
The problem was to create some sort of variety. I finally decided to try to make the pieces as different from one another as possible, and also to make use of overdubbing. For this I used both the regular guitar and an F guitar which is pitched a fifth lower than usual. The opening piece, "The Fugue", is a misnomer and is not really a fugue.
It is fugal and canonic in nature, but doesn't develop in the strict fugal manner, and also is not at all times a canon. The subject is stated, and then enters at a lower pitch in the second voice. It continues as a canon for eight bars. A the ninth bar the first voice picks up the part of the second voice a third higher. The eleventh and twelfth bars are in unison, and the last four are free counterpoint. This sixteen bar phrase is then repeated, followed by a sixteen bar bridge which is improvised, then there is a return to the theme for sixteen more bars. The central portion of the piece is improvised, but sticking to the material and style of the written part as much as possible. Finally there is a return to the printed page ending with an “Amen”, but in C major instead of C minor.
Whereas "The Fugue" was some-what formally structured, "New Signal" is freely improvised on a given theme and chord pattern. Also it is solo guitar. It begins with a ruba- to chorus and then into tempo, returning to rubato again near the end. Generally speaking, I tried for fleet lines punctuated by thick block-like chords. Irving Berlin's "How Deep Is The Ocean" brings in the F guitar. The first guitar plays melody and solos first, with the F guitar providing a walking bass line. Notice in all the tracks using the F guitar, how smoothly it changes roles with the regular guitar, from background to solo and back. This is not something that I tried for, rather it seems to be a characteristic of the instrument due to it's in-between range...
Jimmy Raney, from the booklet


Jimmy Raney
Solo

Tracks

1 The Fugue (Raney) 6:58
2 New Signal (Raney) 6:41
3 How Deep is The Ocean (Berlin) 6:53
4 The Way You Look Tonight (Kern, Fields) 4:29
5 Wait Till You See Her (Rodgers, Hart) 5:53
6 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Kern, Harbach) 6:01
7 Blues Variations (Raney) 6:30
8 Suzanne (Raney)  4:53
9 The End of a Love Affair (Redding)  4:11

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Jimmy Raney - g & F-g

Recorded in New York ; December 20, 1976 [# 1-7] ; February 9, 1975 [bonus tracks # 8-9], first released in Jimmy Raney "The Influence", Xanadu 116

28 comments:

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george said...

Wonderful post!
Thank you a lot, Mel.

Rui Morais de Sousa said...

Thanks a lot for all the great music and for all your hard work. Fantastic blog!!! (the Best?).
Many greetings, Rui.

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

Jazz Padd said...

Good to see, and thanks for the choice Raney!

jm said...

Thank you so much! This sounds like a fascinating set of music.

Enzo Zanin said...

Thank you for coming back.
For a few years, have been delighted by my days.
I am very fond of your proposals also by competence and choice.
Many albums are very difficult to find (in Italy).
For those who like me like Jazz this blog is the number one.
I've discovered guitarists like Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino, Grant Green ....
So thank you again and good work!

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Geoviki said...

Thank you so much and welcome back! My life is incomplete without you.

charlie said...

Welcome back, Mel.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

HiTYVMMelP!

Historicus said...

Thanks a lot dear friend for coming back here. fiat lux!!!

rubingould said...

Thank you, Mel!

erasmus said...
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erasmus said...

for me personally it's quite fitting that you return with jimmy raney. you introduced me to him. so pleased that all is well with you. much appreciation.

HawkTrane said...

Thank you so much!!! The best blog ever!!

Larry said...

Thanks!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for coming back, dear MM! You have been sorely missed.

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for all the great music.

aikio said...


Thank you!!

Welcome back!!

Pete said...

Thank you Mel :)
So happy you're back!!!!!!!

slr in tx said...

Let joy be unconfined!! The prodigal son returneth...

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias.

Gustavo said...

Un millón de gracias por seguir ofreciéndonos excelente música. Quienes apreciamos tu trabajo y tu blog como uno de los mejores (si no el mejor) del Jazz en la red) creimos que quedábamos huérfanos...
Gracias nuevamente, y también por este disco inmenso de Raney

Blue Eyes said...

Yes, the best blog ever! marvelous post, thank you very much Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel! Nice upgrade to my old APE version.

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon - I had the last two tracks in mp3 only.