Archive for August, 2010

Smooth Jazz Redux V

It looks like I managed to get some more arranging and recording in before the end of summer brings the new academic year.

This is a new arrangement of another tune dating back to the late 1970’s when I was first exploring what would later come to be known as smooth jazz. This tune is called “Free Sample”.

The format is my now standard guitar/keys/bass/drums quartet in which I play the guitar track (Orchid archtop through POD Pro), bass track (Ibanez 5-string through Bass POD XT) and program the key and drum parts.

Here are the links to listen:

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August 28, 2010 at 8:08 am Leave a comment

New Smooth Jazz Tune

Most likely this is the last new recording/arrangement/composition of summer 2010.

After having redone a few of my older tunes in Guitar/Bass/Drums/Keys format, I thought I’d take a crack at something all new. This is the result, called “Never on Level (nor even)”. Notice anything interesting/peculiar about the song title?

As previously, I played the guitar (Orchid archtop into POD Pro2.0) and bass (Ibanez 5-String into Bass POD XT) and programmed the drums and keys.

Here are the links to listen:

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August 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm 1 comment

Smooth Jazz Redux IV

This is yet another one of my tunes written in the late ’70’s. It is called “Two for One”. The idea is the same as my prior “Smooth Jazz Redux” posts — to update one of my older numbers with a new quartet arrangement and recording.

Instrumentation and details are the same as well…I played the guitar and bass parts and programmed the drums and keyboards.

Here are the links to listen:

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August 16, 2010 at 7:39 pm Leave a comment

Another Revision

Much of my work over the past few years has been to make arrangements that would be readily playable live. This has led me to either Guitar/Bass/Drums trios or Guitar/Bass/Keys/Drums quartets.

Most recently I have been revisiting some of my smooth jazz tunes to see how well they would work in a quartet format. The challenge is that smooth jazz is typically fairly heavily produced with lots of tracks.

I decide to try one of my more recent smooth numbers that I also continue to like very well. It is called “Trying Again” and dates from early 2008. When I posted about it then, the notes indicate I was trying to see if I could return to the smooth style which had recently been proving frustrating from many perspectives.

The original arrangement has two keyboard and two rhythm guitar tracks — which when combined with the bass & somewhat reggae drum tracks, produce a pretty nice feel. The challenge was to capture the essence of the original key and guitar tracks in one realistically playable keyboard track. I have verified (via my pianist wife) that the resulting part is not even that difficult. There is one other difference between the versions — I played the bass part for the quartet version and left the original version with its programmed bass track (since so much smooth jazz uses programmed bass tracks).

For those interested, the main guitar is my L-4CES run through my old POD Pro 2.0.

Anyway, if you have any opinions, I’d be interested. Do you prefer one version or the other? Any other thoughts?

Original

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Quartet

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August 12, 2010 at 6:33 am 2 comments

Smooth Jazz Redux III

This is another one of my older tunes — in this case from around 2002. It is called “Walk Beside Me”. The idea is the same as my prior two “Smooth Jazz Redux” posts — to update one of my older numbers with a new arrangement and recording.

Instrumentation and details are the same as well.

Here are the links to listen:

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MP3

August 7, 2010 at 11:09 am Leave a comment

Smooth Jazz Redux II

As with the post just prior to this one, here is a new arrangement and recording of a tune that I wrote back in the late 70’s. That was the time of George Benson’s Breezin’, InFlight and Weekend in LA, as well as Lee Ritenour’s Captain Fingers. The genre “Smooth Jazz” had not been identified yet — it was all lumped together as “fusion”, although that which came to later exemplify smooth jazz was sometimes derisively dubbed “Fusak”.

This tune is called “Mainstream”. The arrangement is in line with my recent work, featuring a guitar, keys, bass and drums quartet. I played the guitar (Orchid archtop through POD Pro) and bass (Yamaha 5-string through Bass POD XT) parts and programmed the key and drum backing tracks.

Here are the links to listen:

Stream

MP3

August 5, 2010 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment


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