Archive for May, 2010

Crunch Time

… is the title of my latest tune & recording:



I would call this a fusion tune. It is arranged for guitar/keys/bass/drums quartet. As I typically do with these arrangements, I play the guitar & bass tracks and use loops and programming for the keys and drum tracks.

I’d be interested in feedback with respect to how well this works. There are some meter changes — the first appearance of this is in the phrase that starts at 0:45.  I’m not always sure that the effect isn’t a bit too jarring. The middle third of the recording — starting at about 1:12 — shifts to  double-time swing. This is where the solos occur. Again, I’m not positive the change in to and out of this middle section are smooth enough.

May 30, 2010 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

Addendum to “Fusion Classics”

I have completed three “guitar/bass/drums” trio arrangements of these classic fusion tunes as well.

Birdland Stream MP3
Spain Stream MP3

The original post is here.

May 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm Leave a comment

I Can’t Make You Love Me

I Can’t Make You Love Me” is a song with quite an interesting back story. Wikipedia has quite a bit of info on this, on which much of this post is based.

Written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin,  it was recorded by Bonnie Raitt on her Luck of the Draw album in1991. In August 2000, Mojo magazine voted “I Can’t Make You Love Me” #8 on its The 100 Greatest Songs Of All Time list.[1]  The song is ranked #331 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. (more…)

May 20, 2010 at 11:14 am Leave a comment

Cover Recordings of Two Early Fusion Classics

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The 1970’s saw the emergence and rapid development of jazz fusion styles. I have completed two recordings of two of the classic tunes from this period, from two pioneering fusion bands.


May 15, 2010 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

New Tune & Recording: Folio

This is a fusion tune arranged for guitar, keys, bass & drums. As has been my approach with the other tunes in this vein, I play the guitar and bass tracks and program the drum and keyboard tracks.



May 3, 2010 at 10:45 am Leave a comment

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