Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tickling Ivories

My favorite rock/pop keyboard solo has to be the one featured in the final half of “Uncertain Smile” from The The’s 1983 “Soul Mining.” Uncertain Smile percolates with a modest mid-tempo sound until Squeeze’s Jools Holland takes the lead, holding it until the song fades out. With a jazzy flare, Holland moves smoothly and cleanly up and down the keys. Interestingly, Uncertain Smile was recorded the year before as a single and featured flutes and a saxophone solo. However, the band decided to replace the sax with a piano for the album recording. A staple on ‘80s alternative rock stations, here’s Uncertain Smile.

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