Fragment of “Pure Imagination”

As someone blessed with perfect pitch and the ability to keenly hear *everything* in a recording, it’s a great source of frustration to be able to also keenly hear everything in a performance or arrangement by Bill Evans and other jazz greats but to only slowly and painstakingly reproduce even a small approximation of their skilled talent and complicated voicings thanks to my hacker ears and my modicum of jazz training.

Therefore, I was extremely happy and proud to be able to put down an interesting (to me) pocket of progressions in this in-progress arrangement of “Pure Imagination” by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley from the 1971 movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  Here’s a purely played (slow, no sustain) fragment from the “Anything you want to, do it” phrase (appropriate!), as well as my favorite cue from the movie (Gene Wilder’s expression during the hug = tear-inducing!) at 3:10.  More to come soon!

Pure Imagination (fragment)


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