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This is an old favorite written by Duke Ellington--and one of my rare forays into the ballad realm. Thanks for listening and have a great week!

Michael

"Just Squeeze Me" was written by Duke Ellington (PD)
Vocal: MJK
Music arrangement and accompaniment: Alan McPike

This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1963, and its copyright was not renewed. It may not be in the public domain in countries that do not apply the rule of the shorter term for US works, such as Canada, China (not Macao or Taiwan), Germany, and Switzerland.
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ted23 said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Getting
A lot of feeling in this one Michael! Think this could be my favourite so far. Excellent job! Vocals are cracking!

Nearly amazing!

Tedwood
michaeljayklein said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Thanks again Ted...
...I remember recording this after coming in from shoveling snow for an hour this winter--maybe that relaxed me enough to squirm through this. You are just too kind--thanks for the nice words on this deal!
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Skean said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Just Squeeze Me
Awesome, as always, Michael… Thanks for the download:D… Cheers
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michaeljayklein said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Hi Kenta!
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! Hope things are looking up for you these days--you take care now, Michael
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RAVENS said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Beau-Tee-Ful
What a beautiful vocal recording, the mix is wonderful. Your voice, well what can I say? Perfect in every way!

Btw, I'm in the PD too, pretty cheap in case you're interested...Just saying!

Imps
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michaeljayklein said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Impsie!
Hahahahahahahahaha....I know what you mean about being in the "PD"! I hope you get copyrighted real soon you! As always, I really appreciate your kind encouragement! Michael
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dave_b said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Just Squeeze Me
Another great song and vocal performance. I think this song had a powerful influence on rock lyrics, I think the "please, tease, and squeeze" trinity has been repeated in other songs.
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michaeljayklein said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Thanks Dave
Yeah, I think Duke was pushing the envelope a bit on this one too--they knew how to get away with stuff back, even if only by inference. Glad you liked it and nice hearing from you! Take care now, Michael
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five_extra_arms said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Squozen
Great stuff Michael.

You know how to handle the Duke. Huh?

D/L'd

Bob
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michaeljayklein said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Hi Bob!
Thanks very much--you are very kind! Michael
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lilmom said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Ballad suits you
I knew it would! In fact I've been thinking and thinking of how to talk you into singing a softie ballad, or torch song. Now you can't get off the hook! I LOVE THIS!!!!
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michaeljayklein said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Thanks Sylvia
The truth is, I tend to crack up singing these things--I made it all the way through the first time around and was amazed! You take care and appreciated hearing from you! Michael
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ShadowofNine said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
You Squeezed A Beauty
Micheal, this one is new to me as well, very cool in every respect..enjoyed
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michaeljayklein said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Hi Dave
Yeah, this one is not heard very often (the kind of song I go hunting for!) and I'm very pleased you enjoyed my version of it! You take care now and thanks again, Michael
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alackbass said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Just Squeeze Me
Now this is seriously well done! Download and sync to the official MJ iPod.
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michaeljayklein said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Ta-dah!
I told ya I could do it (okay, at gunpoint, but....) Thanks again Andrew--take good care now, Michael
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Moviz said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Top rendition
Love hearing these songs that seem to have been lost for so long.... and isn't it nice to have songs again with a pattern to them. So many modern 'songs' are so unmemorable, yet these songs always stay at the back of the mind and are instantly recognisable again.... love this version and your voice sounds better than ever here Michael, regards M
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michaeljayklein said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Hi Maurice
I tend to agree about songs with some kind of structure to them--makes them easier to remember (like this one!) Thanks for your very fine and complimentary remarks on this thing--I really appreciated! Keep up the good work and take care now, Michael
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Char said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
No funning
around, Moe? The walls in your house won't be talking; they'll be singing for years. Such great music to come out of one guy singing with his whole heart. Thanks.
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michaeljayklein said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Hey there!
Yanno, I was beginning to suspect my voice turns off the women around here, so thanks to you and Dani for disproving that notion! You, as always, are much too generous--THANK YOU Char! And take good care now, Michael
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jdholliday said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
esome! Everything you do puts a smile on my face, I am always in a better mood after hearing your latest post, it's like magic, I don't know how you do it, you must be the life of the party everywhere you go! You certainly are here Michael! Thanks I really needed that tonight!
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michaeljayklein said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Thanks James
Yes, this is one of my more serious outings--for a change! Thanks very much and take good care, Michael

PS: I hate parties--always have!
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scaustrita said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Squeeze Me
I'm a sucker for the classics!

:: Great Performance ::
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michaeljayklein said 2606 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Thank you! So am I!

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tireiron said 2606 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
i really dig what you do
i love piano bars. you can't find one within miles of auburn. sighhhh
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michaeljayklein said 2606 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Thanks John
In fact, I'm a veteran piano bar pianist--I think I enjoyed doing that more than anything else back in my "younger days" (just couldn't handle the booze being pushed toward me--had to give that up!) Appreciate hearing from you and hope you are enjoying it here at MacJams. Take care now, Michael
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Symphony101 said 2606 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Hey Mike !
Now I can relate to the forum discussions on Duke Ellington, so you were pretty much absorbed lately with this work.

Now if you excuse me, I'm inviting my wife for a dance ...
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michaeljayklein said 2605 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Hi Yves
It's easy to get absorbed in Ellington's music! But yeah, I've been listening anew to many of his recordings--something about his sound made you feel cooler, especially in warm weather like we're having right now (92 degrees and counting at the present--ugh!) Thanks again Yves--I sure appreciate your listening to this and for your nice words--hope all is well with you and Catherine. Take good care now, Michael
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TERRAPLANE said 2606 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Swinging tune
Excellent phrasing with attitude Michael ,, your vocal lessons have paid off friend..keep em coming ,T
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michaeljayklein said 2605 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Thank you Terry!
I think being relaxed here helped quite a bit--it's why I'm shy with ballads, I'm always so high strung most of the time! If I drank, I'm sure a glass of wine would help in that department (or a conk on the head from behind!). So glad you liked this song--it's a classic and appreciated your very generous remarks! Take good care now, Michael
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SCJohnson59 said 2605 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
All I can say is ...
Michael Buble' and Harry Connick, Jr better check their rear-view mirrors! :D
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michaeljayklein said 2605 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Hi Scott
That was too nice--what a compliment! Of the two, I like Connick the best, but that Buble kid knows a thing or too :) Thanks again and take care now, Michael
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Dadai.2 said 2605 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
OK, who are you ;-)
Michael, your vocal style just amazes me. I want to say it is like this one or that one... I'm coming to the conclusion you are a blend of all those yo have listened to all these years.

A classic Duke ballad that you deliver with real style! Thanks for sharing this one.

Jack
michaeljayklein said 2605 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Thanks Jack
It's probably one of six recordings I've done that I was almost completely satisfied with--so thanks for listening and for your awfully kind words! I'm just a throwback of sorts--I guess you could say I'm the same as the older musicians here who play rock only I focused on even older music growing up, and I'm happy I did! You take care now--have a great week! Michael
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CC_Connection said 2605 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
10 Stars!!!
I telling Yolanda earlier. I need to hear some good music. Here I am and I'm so happy to hear your beautiful singing. Thank you for always make me smile.

XOXO,
CC
michaeljayklein said 2605 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
You be happy one!
And make me happy too! Thank you Tina--give Yolanda big kiss from me too! Michael-san
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fasteddie said 2605 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Squeez me but please don't tease me
Really great Michael!

I was worried about the PD status of this song in Macao or Taiwan. Just don't violate the PD laws of North Korea. They kill for less.

Awesome job!
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michaeljayklein said 2605 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Thankee Eddie
Oh, I reprint that boilerplate from my public domain library book just to placate certain individuals whose time would be better spent elsewhere, yanno? (Routine #30); although lately I'm seeing a lot of copyrighted material being posted so wonder why I bother going to such lengths (Routine #31). If I did it, there'd be a thread in the forum with my name as the topic (Routine #32). You take care and thanks for stopping in! Michael

PS: And yes, those Koreans can be downright NASTY about such things, let me tell you!
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Sigmund said 2605 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Just Squeeze
I really like the laid back swing feel to this piece, Frank - uh, I mean Michael. Add another one to your list of cool hits - enjoyed!
Sig
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michaeljayklein said 2605 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Thanks very much Sig...
I tried to sing this like a guy wanting to go all the way, but was too much a gentleman to press the issue (Routine #37). Glad to hear from you--take care now! Michael
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Keedee said 2605 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
***squeals erupt***
Man, you completely slay me!! WOW!!!!

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michaeljayklein said 2605 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Save the Squeals!
Oh wait, you didn't say "seals"--my mistake! Mizz Scarlet, you say the sweetest things (LOVE that picture--why couldn't I have found it first?!)

You take good care now and thanks again!

M
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crissew said 2604 days ago (August 4th, 2010)
I would have thought this would
have at least gone cobalt in Botswana. I just had a song go solid lead in Armenia, I have recently begun gnawing on my solid lead record and havent been feeling so well, not sure if the two are related. Almost goes without saying, and as always, I have little interesting to tell you other than this is another classic MJK performance. Awesome job
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michaeljayklein said 2604 days ago (August 4th, 2010)
Thanks Charles!
I heard your CD is selling extremely well on Kong Island too! You take care and THANKS for stopping by! Michael
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magnatone said 2604 days ago (August 4th, 2010)
Squeeze Me
ooh michael, this is SO well done. love your voice as always - and this song is so terrific for showing off your immense vocal skills - COOL!
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michaeljayklein said 2604 days ago (August 4th, 2010)
Thanks very much Karen
Just a little something I slapped together before breakfast! Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck! Take care now! Michael
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Ibstrat said 2604 days ago (August 4th, 2010)
I
love Ellington- this is one of my favorites.This swings like crazy, your phrasing is masterful, amazing and wonderful,you are a phenomenal talent!If you can find it check out Paul Desmond's version with an incredible solo by the great guitarist Ed Bickert.
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michaeljayklein said 2603 days ago (August 5th, 2010)
Mark
Wow--you are too kind! THANK YOU! I will most certainly investigate Paul Desmond's version (I have some albums of his, one I know is with Chet Baker, but pretty sure I don't have this track so will look it up on the internet). It's always encouraging to hear from a topflight musician like you Mark! Take good care now, Michael
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CrazeeFlootGrrl said 2604 days ago (August 4th, 2010)
Just Squeeze Me
Honestly, the title does catch my attention, but I'm a high schooler with a sick mind, so not in a good way... lol! Overall though the song has a nice feel to it! And very nice smooth vocals! Your vocals always sounds so good! We should collab on a song sometime, there's this one idea I've actually had for a while... I'll message you 'bout it! Thanks for sharing!
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michaeljayklein said 2603 days ago (August 5th, 2010)
Hey Crazee!
I'm glad you enjoyed this and also that you are sick (I am too!) You are so very kind--thanks again! (and I will look into this proposed project with you!) Take care now, Michael
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Catalina22 said 2604 days ago (August 5th, 2010)
Duke Ellington
You have such a great voice--great style, lots of polish, and smooth. The arrangement and the vocals perfectly compliment each other. Love the addition of the acoustic guitar somewhere around 2:30--really neat and unexpected touch. LOVE the "squeeeeeeeeeeze" right at the very end--the vowel "e" ain't easy to sustain! Impressive.
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michaeljayklein said 2603 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
Thanks Cort!
Actually with my infernal sinus problems, the long "i" bugs me the most but glad you enjoyed my ending there! Appreciated hearing from you--take good care now! Michael
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telo12 said 2603 days ago (August 5th, 2010)
Just Squeeze Me
Amazing voice Michael ,a pleasure to hear you anytime.I really enjoy this listening .
And thank you dear friend for your call to pay more attention to this so called artist by the name of telo12 ? But like every guy here we do music cos we love music and also I should pay more attention to theirs thou sometimes composing takes all your time. Ciao Ciao Micheal
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michaeljayklein said 2603 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
Gracie Telo
Ah, but music should be enjoyed by others--and I think your music needs to be heard by many; you do superb work. Again, thanks for your very kind words, and keep up the great work! Ciao, Michael
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mvh9591 said 2603 days ago (August 5th, 2010)
Very Nice______
Sounds great Michael. Very nice job.

Enjoyed - Thanks for sharing,

mvh : )
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michaeljayklein said 2603 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
Thank you very much Michael!

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RobLeBanc said 2603 days ago (August 5th, 2010)
Ellington
, This music is so timeless, the world is in good hands as long as folks like you keep this kind of stuff alive. The art of music like this is so valuable, keep it coming man! Wow!
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michaeljayklein said 2603 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
Hi Rob...
...not only has this music survived for many decades, but I sense it will still be around for a much longer time to come. Very pleased you could listen and thanks for your nice words! Take good care now, Michael
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RobLeBanc said 2603 days ago (August 5th, 2010)
Ellington
, This music is so timeless, the world is in good hands as long as folks like you keep this kind of stuff alive. The art of music like this is so valuable, keep it coming man! Wow!
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michaeljayklein said 2603 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
You can say that again!

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kassia said 2603 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
so
if I'm visiting Canada or Germany or China gotta remember to take this off my ipod. thanks for the warning. love the vocal slides. one of the coolest thing about vocalists like you is that you are so good at using your voice as a true instrument, creating different sounds and textures. this is a great rendition of this piece. nicely done sir!
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michaeljayklein said 2602 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
Not sure about the iPod situation...
...but thanks for listening and for your very kind words Shay. Take good care now, Michael
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rok41 said 2603 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
Most...
excellent Michael. Your ballad chops are great, hope to hear more!
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michaeljayklein said 2602 days ago (August 7th, 2010)
Thanks very much Rok!
You are too kind! Michael
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Bob6stringer said 2598 days ago (August 10th, 2010)
Ladies & Gents: The inimitable MJK!
Encore--wait, I just heard that, too! Okay, okay, now you're just rubbing our noses in it. You're ruinin' the curve, man! You are one talented, indefatigable gentleman-musicologist; you make listening an absolute pleasure.
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michaeljayklein said 2598 days ago (August 10th, 2010)
Thanks Bob
You are just too good to me! Have a great week now and really appreciated hearing from you in your inimitable fashion! Michael
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perceptualvortex said 2598 days ago (August 11th, 2010)
Ellington swings
Great job, of course, Mr. Voice. I hope you were holding a cocktail while singing this!
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Jarvoid said 2595 days ago (August 14th, 2010)
When I ...
saw the title for this I wondered if it was the sequel to "Grab your Balls " !! phew

You should foray into ballad territory more often me oldmucker,this is very nice listening.

Cool jazz mmmmmmmmmm

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