Paul Alan Laughlin's

Musical Recordings


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"Jazz Classics"

"Jazz Classics" refers to compositions written by jazz musicians for themselves
 and other jazz musicians to improvise around. Of course, jazz musicians can and
do improvise around any kind of music, from classical, to country, to rock, to
spirituals and hymns. A special favorite, however, is what are called "Standards,"
 for which there is a separate page in this collection.  In fact, jazz musicians
 probably perform tunes in this "Standards" category more often than any other.
But they especially relish playing songs composed for their own idiom by their
fellow jazz artists. Here is but a small sampling of this category. Many of the
following have lyrics, most of which were added later by songwriters other
the composer. Because nearly all started as instrumentals and are still
mostly treated as such, only the composer's name is mentioned below.

All of the selections were recorded after May of 2013 in my home-based piano-
organ-keyboard room, using a Yamaha F105B electric piano as a controller
hardwired to my MacBook Pro laptop and using Apple's GarageBand
virtual recording studio. Scroll all the way down the page for a photo
of my layout.

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[NOTE: Titles that are not underlined and in
a lighter shade of blue are on my to-do list.}

"All Blues" by Miles Davis

"Blue Monk" by Thelonious Monk

"Blues for Big Scotia" by Oscar Peterson

"Django" by John Lewis

"Don't Get Around Much Anymore" by Duke Ellington

"Gentle Rain" by Luiz Bonfa

"Gravy Waltz" by Steve Allen & Ray Brown

"I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)" by Duke Ellington

"It's a Raggy Waltz" by Paul Desmond (with Dave Brubeck)

"Lullaby of Birdland" by George Shearing

"Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" by Joe Zawinul

"Misty" by Erroll Garner

" 'Round Midnight"
by Thelonious Monk

"Sophisticated Lady" by Duke Ellington

"Take Five" by Paul Desmond

"The Girl from Ipanema" byAntonio Carlos Jobim

"Things Ain't What They Used to Be" by Mercer Ellington

"Satin Doll" by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn

"Swingin' Shepherd Blues" by Moe Kaufman

"Walkin' Shoes" by Gerry Mulligan

"Waltz for Debbie" by Bill Evans

"Watermelon Man" by Herbie Hancock

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This is my home Keyboard Room/Recording Studio. It was formerly a living room,
but on the other side of the conveniently-located kitchen, there is a huge family
room, where the family actually spends most of its time when we are at home.

Nearly all of the recording is done in the corner at the far end of the room. You
will notice no  microphones in this photo, because digital recording doesn't
require them, though they are always an option for the acoustic instruments,
like the baby grand piano and the Hammond B-3 organ, which are pictured,
and horns, drums, guitars, and other instruments that may be used
from time to time. Sometimes the room looks like this:

Chistmas Jam 2012

Son Drew Laughlin, stepson Korey Black, and me
-- at least 60 pounds ago. (Weight Watchers rocks!)

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