I was going through my catalog of stuff (that has yet to be heard ) to revisited my old joint Fur Elise off the first EHG project “From The Basement To The Heart.. Life’s Soundtrack Vol. 1” and I thought wow!!! This joint is really good.. Ok I’m sounding like a narcissist.. but for real though.. no seriously.. check it out! (on iTunes too)
I went back to the thought and time when this tune first came to me… In Germany. I originally did this with a jazz quartet while I was living outside of Heidleburg, Germany. I’ve always love this joint and thought Hmm.. wouldn’t it be cool to honor the cat that made this tune.
The concept came from the thought of Beethoven being funky. LOL. Yeah I know… right.. but the fellas in the band that it would be cool to tackle it and make it a 4/4 count to give a groove. Add some bottom(bass that is) and make the piano swing a little.. We performed it in this little joint by the hauptbaunhoft (main train station) in the middle of Mannheim and the natives seemed to really dig the rendition of Ludwig’s funky new old classic.. LOL.. The crazy thing is that we never got around to recording it.
Welp… 2009 comes around and finally the time came to record it. Back in the States.. different cats of course. It took on a whole different interpretation from my original concept. It was more laid back but still just as powerful.. maybe in more. I love experimenting with all types of musical concepts and styles. This version took on a more jazz fusion flava with a dramatic climax towards the end instead of the swing. However it still have the element of GROOVE. Check it out.. Like Share Enjoy!
Drums – Mike Watkins / Piano, Bass, Strings – Kenneth Wallace / Lead bass and guitars and production Eriq Troi
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