A Guide To Help You Play Better Jazz Piano

Ron Drotos

History and overview:
“You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me” is a medium tempo swing tune composed by Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal, and Pierre Norman way back in 1930. Frank Sinatra recorded what is perhaps the definitive version on his classic album “Songs For Swingin’ Lovers.”

Recommended videos/recordings:
(for international readers who may not have access to these YouTube links, I’ve indicated the original album names wherever possible so you can listen to them on music streaming services, etc.)

Frank Sinatra: Songs For Swingin’ Lovers

Erroll Garner

Musical ideas and jazz piano practice tips:
We jazz pianists can learn a great deal by listening to the arrangements that Nelson Riddle did for Frank Sinatra on “Songs For Swingin’ Lovers” (and other albums.)

First of all listen to Riddle’s intros. Clear, concise, and always with a melodic “hook.” Try improvising your own intro to tunes using this model. (Hint: vocalists will thank you and want to work with you again if you learn to do this.)

Also check out Riddle’s use of orchestral color and transfer this to the piano. He’s a master at varying which instruments are featured from phrase to phrase. One moment we hear the brass, punctuating the beat with staccato rhythms. This may be followed with a bluesy sax lick. And then Riddle may bring in the strings with lyrical, legato “pads.” Bringing this kind of orchestral thinking to your piano playing will go a long way towards keeping your interpretations fresh and interesting, both for you and for your audience.

Enjoy the journey, and “let the music flow!”

Further links and resources:
You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me (song): Wikipedia

“Frank Sinatra Has A Cold”
A famous profile of the singer by author Gay Talese, written for Esquire magazine

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