very easy listening piece, perfect i think for a cheese and wine or a cafe. it's also well known. i start out like a ballad, and i really like to flesh out the melody and chord structure in the beginning as much as i can, and then speed up and add an improvised solo. i like the contrast.  

i'm 20 and i'm only just starting to really get into learning jazz. though i've been listening to it for years and years, mainly to bill evans, oscar peterson, thelonious monk, art tatum and chick corea. i've been a classical "music reading only" piano player. i can sightread really well, and read music really well, but i haven't memorized much, so i'm starting to memorize more now (it's difficult after years of relying on music). i understand theory really well, as in i know all my major scales and understand all the basics and about modes, relative minors, and all the theoretical stuff, and my technique is good thanks to my classical training. i bought mark levine's book (and boy is it helpful), and i have metaphors for the musician, the encyclopedia of jazz knowledge, and a few voicing exercisers books the name of the book eludes me) on the way ordered. to practice, i run through all my major and melodic-minor scales, then i do my 2-5-1 three note voicings around the circle (still takes a while, but i know it will take time until they become second nature), then i work on either memorizing more of a tune (right now im' working on here's that rainy day) or i work on soloing with the jazz improvisation book by jamey aebersold. what i'll do is, i'll record my voice and then try to learn what i just sang on the piano.
  
this is my first jazz piece that i've recorded without using a real book, so it's a bit of a milestone for me. most of what i play is intuition and and i know less of what chords i'm actually playing, and i don't know many voicing at all, so i usually end up sticking with root position chords with experimental notes that "sound good" to me. what i mean is my brain can't yet move fast enough to actually process the voicing that i'm playing if it's too far outside of the realm of root voicings, so i end up letting muscle memory take over and it just "comes" out. that's the best i can explain it. also, in the solo i think less of modes, and i think more of what chord tones i'm playing around. comments and criticism of any kind is very appreciated, as well as practice tips i could use for a man in my position to improve my jazz playing in this song and in any song in general.

thanks again! i try to help as much as i can on this site, but i can offer very little due to my limited jazz knowledge.
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that was great! how long have you been playing piano for?  do you take jazz piano lessons? you should make a video and post it on youtube.
thanks alot! been playing piano in general since i was 7, and no but i really want to take lessons. however i live in western maryland in a town called hagerstown, going to a community college for my associates, so i can't say they're known for their music =). jazz piano lessons will be a definite in the future though.

and once i get a digital camera, that's i'll be posting millions of videos on youtube, but right now i just don't have the financial means
any objective analysis's perhaps?
good job proace! for practical advise, i would focus on eight notes first instead of all those sixteenths which are a little fast for you right now. swing the eights, put quarter notes in and put in some space. also focus on putting more swing on the eight notes, and this would mean slowing that fast section down to do that.

remember that jazz is mostly about eight notes so don't feel like it's gotta have sixteenths ala oscar peterson all the time. since sixteenths are played straight, then the swing feel disappears.

good luck!
did you video tape it yet?
are you telling me you never took jazz piano lessons and can play like that?  what is a melodic minor scale? when do use that in a song?  what is the interval for that melodic minor scale? is it whwwhwh?
it is whwwwwh - that is, a major scale with a flated third.  you might use it on a minor-7 with a major-7th but it seems to me it is more important to learn it for its modes.  for instance, the altered (dim-wt or diminished whole-tone) scale is the 7th mode of the melodic minor.  one of the half-diminished is the 6th mode of the mm.
proace,
did you post video on youtube yet?
not yet, i still need to find a good digital camera that i could use to record myself.
proace,  

alternatively, get a cheap camera but a decent mic (or just a good sound card  if it's dig. keyboard).
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