Sunday, January 11, 2009

Don't Explain w/Daniel Raynaud and Jeff Hanson

Don't Explain (written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr.)
Daniel Raynaud (Keyboard)
Noriyuki "Ken" Okada (Bass)
Jeff Hanson (Drums)
Recorded on Tuesday 12/30/2008 at Sumika, Los Altos, CA
[Jazz at Sumika vol. 67]

It was my second time to play with Daniel and Jeff as trio, though I had played with each of them a lot respectively. I already knew that 3 of us would be able to create a nice jazz sound, which is now proven to be true!

After playing several straight-ahead jazz tunes that night, we wanted to change the mood, and that's when Daniel called this tune. This is usually played as a ballad, but he proposed to play in a faster Latin feel, which turned out to be great. Especially I love how we implemented the chorus from 5:28.

Actually I was almost running out of ideas on my bass part when we were entering that chorus but still wanted to enhance the tension of music because the sound was getting even dramatic. So I expanded the idea to use 16th-note groove that had been indicated from Daniel and Jeff in the previous chorus. That was a success. It brought the most dramatic moment of this performance. 6:28 where Jeff brought the beat into half time feel was another big moment. Moments like these make me feel "man, I'm playing jazz!"

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