Bach vs. Wurlitzer

February 13, 2017 7:33 PM

I decided to work up a Bach Bourrée (BWV 996) as a belated "do what scares you" challenge, since I don't usually try to play classical music. Soon after I learned it, I couldn't stop myself from messing with the groove, adding touches of swing and Cuban rhythms.

I know I'm not by any means the first to do this (shout out to the Modern Jazz Quartet for doing it right back in the 1960s). That said, it's a really fun exercise.

posted by umbú (12 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Ahhhhh! Thanks so much for this little dose of medicine for the soul. Following along with these patterns in my head literally made me feel giggly. Maybe I'm weird, but this just hits all the right buttons for me, it's well structured but also playful and loose, with nice little timing improvs that kind of push against the more stable core structure but always find their way back to it after wandering. Nicely done. Cheers!
posted by saulgoodman at 6:21 AM on February 14 [1 favorite]


So good. Is this a real Wurlitzer?
posted by ignignokt at 7:09 AM on February 14


Yes. 1975 Black 200a. I've been wanting one for decades, and finally found one. It's pretty in tune (but who knows for how long). Playing this tune, it strikes me that it has a sound that combines parts of the sound of a harpsichord and an organ, in addition to a piano sound.
posted by umbú at 7:17 AM on February 14 [2 favorites]


Sounds fantastic. I just love the Wurlitzer when you hit those higher range keys, that bitey shit; the little suggestion of raunch that kicks in. Like you're going to break into "What'd I Say" or something.
posted by chococat at 9:32 PM on February 14 [1 favorite]


I LOVE this, it totally works and sounds brilliant. Please do this live with a drummer and doublebassist one day. And please god record that and post it here.

also it's not too late to tag it so it shows up in the challenge sidebar
posted by greenish at 7:00 AM on February 15 [1 favorite]


Chococat, I was trying to decide between getting a used nord or this, and I'm so glad I got the real thing. The action of the keyboard is totally different from a regular keyboard these days. So pleasing. You end up playing differently as a result.
posted by umbú at 1:19 PM on February 15 [1 favorite]


Love hearing the different rhythm interpolations
posted by ageispolis at 10:16 PM on February 16 [1 favorite]


yeah ditto to everything everyone above said! this is fantastic and that wurli sounds fantastic.
posted by gorbichov at 9:39 AM on February 17 [1 favorite]


I completely loved this.
posted by Sokka shot first at 1:26 PM on February 27


You picked the right song for the right instrument. It's beautiful. And then I like how you fuck around with the phrasing and shit :) I'm assuming most of that was improvised, unplanned before you started playing it, as you'd had the notes already laid out. Well, you improvise them well. I like where you hit the accents and then where you get all quiet; where you get frenetic and where you get smooth... etc.
posted by not_on_display at 9:36 PM on February 28


Ugh this is so cool and easy feeling. Love the tone of that Wurlitzer.
posted by Corduroy at 1:42 AM on March 1 [1 favorite]


This is delightful! I decided to chop it up and use it as bumper music in this month's podcast.
posted by cortex at 1:10 PM on March 2 [1 favorite]


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