Jürgen Borstelmann (*1963) Jazzy Birthday
Jazz Variations on “Happy Birthday” [pno]
How do you wish someone happy birthday at the piano? With a blues, a rag or in a Latin version? “Jazzy Birthday” gives you a variety of options.
Wish more jazzy piano arrangements? How about Borstelmann's Jazzy Xmas?
24 pages | 23 x 30,5 cm | 119 g | ISMN: 979-0-004-18169-0 | Softcover
How do you wish someone happy birthday at the piano? With a blues, a rag or in a Latin version? With a clear-cut fugue for the inveterate classic fan? “Jazzy Birthday” gives you a variety of options so that you can make every birthday sound different! As the title suggests, the jazz style forms the basis from which Jürgen Borstelmann branches out in 13 different directions. There's even a variant in minor for when the party loses its oomph!
Since the 1950s Latin-American rhythms have been fusing with jazz-related harmonies in Latin Jazz. This gives many jazz improvisations an additional rhythmic intensity.
|1. Happy Birthday (Thema/Theme)|
|2. Swinging Birthday|
|3. Sentimental Birthday|
|4. Birthday Blues|
|5. Birthday Rag|
|6. Birthday Waltz|
|7. Happy Ostinato|
|8. Birthday Ballad|
|9. Latin Birthday|
|10. Happy Birthday?|
|11. Birthday Bells|
|12. Birthday Capriccio|
|13. Encore: Birthday Fugue|
It seems like every birthday Party to which a piano player is invited carries the -"threat" of public playing: no sooner have you begun to dig into your birthday cake than you hear the dreaded words: "Why don't you play something for us?" Okay, so what will it be - that virtuoso Chopin waltz, or maybe a Pop song? But what if the Person celebrating his or her birthday loves musicals?
Such thoughts went through my head before I wrote this cycle of variations. Sympathizing with all my pianistic "companions in misfortune" who never know what to plag in such situations, it occurred to me that one piece is always on the mark at birthday parties: "Happy Birthday" by Mildred J. Hill and Patti Smith-Hill, the birthday song known by everybody around the world. And if it's made to sound a little jazzy and can be played in different versions - why bother looking any further?
The 13 miniatures in this album represent a broad spectrum of stylistic types of jazz music. From ragtime to piano bar, practically everything is there. But should you run into inveterate "classic fanatics" at the party, no problem: just start with the encore, a fugue that can be played either in a "classical" style or as a swing piece. And if the party starts to lose steam, you can provide your own fitting musical commentary by playing the melancholy minor-mode version (No. 10)!
With "Jazzy Birthday" you'll be able to enjoy every birthday party you attend - and you'll never again have to dread the invitation to play for the hosts and the guests!
Westerland/Sylt, June 2003