05
Apr

An alternate take of Sullivan Fortner’s piano solo on “Something Less” from Five Colors

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note: this solo is note on the album, it’s an alternate solo take

01
Feb
This is the bass part for the head of “Something Less”. This tune, perhaps like many of mine, is very bass heavy, hence the largely-written part. Also, the rhythm of the chord changes stays pretty consistent throughout the solos, so while note choices for the bassist free up, the rhythm is still informed from the melody. 
The bar of 3 near the end arrived out of necessity. What I mean by that is that the composition came about organically, and then when I wrote it down I realized I had dropped a beat somewhere. But that’s how the melody worked, so I had to write it in somewhere. In previous versions of this chart the bar of 3 was in different places, and it’s interesting to see how it’s movement can effect how it sounds. It probably makes the most sense where it is right now, but it by no means is supposed to be there.

This is the bass part for the head of “Something Less”. This tune, perhaps like many of mine, is very bass heavy, hence the largely-written part. Also, the rhythm of the chord changes stays pretty consistent throughout the solos, so while note choices for the bassist free up, the rhythm is still informed from the melody. 

The bar of 3 near the end arrived out of necessity. What I mean by that is that the composition came about organically, and then when I wrote it down I realized I had dropped a beat somewhere. But that’s how the melody worked, so I had to write it in somewhere. In previous versions of this chart the bar of 3 was in different places, and it’s interesting to see how it’s movement can effect how it sounds. It probably makes the most sense where it is right now, but it by no means is supposed to be there.

17
Jul

Something Less (Rehearsal)

by Truan Savage

I wrote Something Less in 2007/08. Unlike What Is Small and Round, for example, this was a song a labored over for quite a while. I had probably 80% of it written, and I would play it obsessively myself. When I decided it needed to be finished, I forced myself through the remaining 20%. At that point, I arrived at the above version, which is the earliest recording I have of it (from a rehearsal).

Since then I’ve played the song many times with many different people, and the form remained the same until I brought it into the studio in 2011. In addition to an added coda and some new bass lines, I also took a new approach to the recording of it.

I will be posting more versions of this in the future, but in the meantime check out this rehearsal take from early 2008. Something Less in it’s most original form.

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