MUSIC

Denis Postle


Music has been a life-long love that started badly with incredibly limited piano teachers - ‘ear’ was absent - 'read the music'. The missing musicality put me into years of musical frustration. I could play a bit of Mozart but the jazz that I felt very close to was out of reach. And so it continued. I heard Mingus, Monk, Gill Evans, Basie, Sir Charles Thompson, Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Brubeck and the MJQ live but I couldn’t find a way in to playing any of their music.

And then decades later, I started showing up at the annual Jamie Aebersold jazz improvisation events in London. A hugely informative and often terrifying culture of learning to play jazz by doing it with others at matching levels of ability. Intensive theory, coaching and group rehearsal with the imported leading US jazz musicians opened up how improvisation can be learned and installed. The theory remains very difficult but I discovered, heh! that I already had the necessary swing feel. A wonderful example, the Aebersold tradition, of how an experiential basis to learning can provide a ladder (thanks too, to Roland Perrin) up which we can progress from where we are. The intangible and everlastingly fascinating quality of the improvised line took root and lives in and with me.

I am a poor public performer but due to my decades of film work, an accomplished editor. A medium very close to home that suited my limitations was a combination of Yamaha synth, the Cubase music editor and a lot of storage – so what if I have to do 50 takes to get to something I can live with!

When I scoured the drives for music I could dare to share publicly, I found over 20 items – a modest, perhaps even mundane collection, including some fragments. I put them together in these tracks opposite. Enjoy, and if you can, play loud!

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Dance Piano
Distiller
DminorModalslowElectBass
DanceGuitarStrong
DancemediumBounce
Hortumleads
LilyThemeBrass
EnvyTrain
Love and Validity strings
Guitardance
Orgnung
HappyBdayPianoOrch
Pianofastdrumsmodal
HappyBdayPianoSolo
PianoUtopia
Santanaish
SaxaLot
Schmuckleschmuckle
Scream Blues
TheZizz
ThreeTwoOne
Utopia Background
Yesteryears
Earthwormdance
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