Pro Tools 2: Smooth Jazz Funk Trio

October 27, 2009 at 5:31 pm 1 comment

It’s been a while since I wrote and recorded anything, and I thought I’d get back into things with a simple trio tune. It’s called “Take a Seat”. I am continuing to stick to the guitar/bass/drums format which has been my focus for the past few years. However, I thought I’d try to adjust just a little back in the direction of “smooth jazz”, which was my my style for so long.

So, for this tune I tried to combine some of the sponteneity and grit I went for with my “Just the Three of Me” project with a smoother guitar sound and a funk feel that would not be out of place in a smooth jazz context.

As has been my custom for the past couple of years, I play the guitar and bass parts and use edited drums loops. Both the bass and guitar parts were played straight through — so not only is there no overdubbing, there is no “correcting” of stray or misplaced notes. I hope the result is an honest improvisatory feel.

I’m getting a little more comfortable as well with Pro Tools. It’s still an intimidating environment, but I’d have to say I’m glad I have it. I think the results sound better. However, I’m still composing in my old software. It has much better scoring and notation capabilities than Pro Tools. I think the Pro Tools folks want you to buy Sibelius for that.

Here are the links to listen:

Stream “Take a Seat”
MP3 of “Take a Seat”

Entry filed under: bass guitar, Guitar, Jazz, jazz fusion, Music, Pro Tools, Smooth Jazz.

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  • 1. Take a Seat « Jazz and Classic Pop Music  |  February 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    […] 18, 2011 This is a revision to a tune I originally posted in October of 2009. The feel and basic format of the revised version is the same. The new things […]


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