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    If we're talking about fresh composition, here's mine, first time ever played and composed just a few days ago. Very raw, a lot to work on, but I'm gonna be brave and post it anyway, for all to judge Just a duo for now, my buddy Ben is back from touring...


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    Quote Originally Posted by joaopaz View Post
    Hi all,

    Here's my entry.

    This was my first jazz composition.
    Many moons ago I was constantly writing - but those were pop rock tunes, 80s and mid 90s.
    Then a world of stuff happened and suddenly I switched to violin and stopped playing the guitar for 15 years.

    When I picked up the guitar again (2009) it was for jazz, and jazz alone.
    A couple of years later I wrote this tune.

    I'm playing with 3 guys I never met in person... we used a platform called "Indaba" for this. Each guy was absolutely free to play what they wanted.

    We tried to make it as loose as possible, but that's far from easy without ever being face to face and each one having to record his take (stem) over a "backing track".

    The crew was ..
    Joao Paz, guitar and bass
    Mark J, piano
    Dave M, saxophone
    Bret B, drums

    If it was today I would ditch the intro, but still I'm proud of what we made together.

    Hope you like it - now I'm going to catch up with all you guys recordings!

    Beautiful composition, mood and sensitive playing. Loved it...

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    ^^
    That's my favorite here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1 View Post
    Hello All -

    You might think I'm just 'liking' everything here to boost the thread and give lots of encouragement, etc etc, but actually I'm blown away by the sheer quality of nearly all these posts. There are truly some great musicians around!

    I was just wondering what really is the difference between what the pro's do and what you're obviously capable of. Is it just publicity and exposure? Or they play faster sometimes (!), or their tunes are more memorable? Much of the time they're not their tunes, of course, they've been composed by someone else.

    In some cases they're evidently displaying highly advanced musicianship, especially the more modern players, but that's not always so. And the advanced, developed players aren't always the more popular.

    I don't know what you think about this. Are we really so far behind or is it just a question of fortune and dedication? Bearing in mind that many of the best have crashed so badly? Is our relative anonymity actually a blessing? What do you think?
    Art Farmer is the only musician I ever heard say publicly that he was NOT a composer (except, of course, that he WAS. He composed to me on a high level every solo).

    I think you can really spot the player/composers. Their improvising seems to be more focused, better edited and more purposeful---at least to me. Everybody has licks and pet phrases, of course---but, if used right, that's VOCABULARY. I recommend a book of interviews with Lee Konitz, a very astute commentator, and justifiably so, on improvisation. For one thing, he referred to Charlie Parker as a 'composer'---just what I was saying, he had a stockpile of ideas he kept reshaping---plus the ability to play anything that came into his head instantly.

    I won't pile into the 'fortune' piece. Life is tough, and the good die young---but not always. Tom Harrell is an inspiration on so many levels, with all he's had to deal with---and talk about a player/composer!! But look at how many years he's been at it. Recordings were uncovered of him playing the Guaraldi 'Peanuts' music at 16! You have to keep at it.

    In pop music, there used to be professional songwriters (Goffin-King; Neil Sedaka, Bacharach-David, etc) who wrote for all the 'name' acts.That all changed in the era of Dylan, Beatles, Joni Mitchell, etc. Even Stevie Wonder did mostly other people's tunes until he blossomed into the master writer he is.

    It's not NECESSARY to compose, but I believe it helps. Improvising, done right IS composing. So Mr. Farmer was, methinks, too hard on himself...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uffe Steen View Post
    I heard some of those very fine tunes here.
    I would like to contribute with this original:



    Cheers Uffe
    That was loose, meandering (in a good way), and it all hung together. The best part: I would never think to write anything like that. That's what I like about these kinds of threads: listening and learning.

    Some talented folks here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcsanwald View Post
    Cool thread. Here's one of the only things I've written for solo guitar:



    and here's one of my tunes for quartet



    would love feedback on both of these!
    The 1st one put me in mind of Paul Simon, a GOOD guitar player. It's very 'of the guitar'---which is fine when done well like you did. It reminded me somehow of the opening vamp to Sounds of Silence---possibly b/c I've been playing it daily with a guy.

    Nice work...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fasstrack View Post
    Beautiful composition, mood and sensitive playing. Loved it...
    Thank you very much!

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    Video Fractals

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    Some old mates playing one of my songs a while back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fasstrack View Post
    For one thing, he referred to Charlie Parker as a 'composer'...

    Improvising, done right IS composing
    Absolutely, I'd go with that. It's not the same as composing, say, a memorable tune but it is composing after a fashion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1 View Post
    Absolutely, I'd go with that. It's not the same as composing, say, a memorable tune but it is composing after a fashion.
    Charlie Parker did compose memorable tunes though! My Little Suede Shoes? Yardbird Suite? Who can say it's not memorable? Fantastic!

    Everyone is talking Donna Lee or Confirmation or whatever, and it's fine, jazz is the nerds paradise, I got it But it's not all he has done as a composer.

    But I agree, a good improvised solo can be counted as composition as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hep To The Jive View Post
    Charlie Parker did compose memorable tunes though! My Little Suede Shoes? Yardbird Suite? Who can say it's not memorable? Fantastic!

    Everyone is talking Donna Lee or Confirmation or whatever, and it's fine, jazz is the nerds paradise, I got it But it's not all he has done as a composer.

    But I agree, a good improvised solo can be counted as composition as well.
    I didn't mean an improviser couldn't also compose tunes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hep To The Jive View Post
    Charlie Parker did compose memorable tunes though! My Little Suede Shoes? Yardbird Suite? Who can say it's not memorable? Fantastic!

    Everyone is talking Donna Lee or Confirmation or whatever, and it's fine, jazz is the nerds paradise, I got it But it's not all he has done as a composer.

    But I agree, a good improvised solo can be counted as composition as well.
    Konitz was talking abouy his PLAYING, that he had a stockpile of ideas, quotes and phrases he could summon and cross-reference at will. His tunes sounded like improvisations to me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuzzthebee View Post
    Ancient live version of above tune:

    Just...wow!
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    This is my first composition recorded.


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    Quote Originally Posted by clebergf View Post
    This is my first composition recorded.

    Awesome, love it! Not many compose in that style anymore. And even less are playing original music at swing dance gigs. That's great, keep at it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hep To The Jive View Post
    Awesome, love it! Not many compose in that style anymore. And even less are playing original music at swing dance gigs. That's great, keep at it!

    Thanks!!!
    We have a lot to learn and a long way to go, but we're trying.

    Most of our audience are swing dancers. We have three dancers in our quartet. xD

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    Here are three of mine, one borderline jazz, one not even close one that sort of bridges the divide



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    Not sure if this is meant to be tunes we're working on, or already completed and recorded pieces...

    But here's a tune I wrote that ended up being the title track off my last album
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uffe Steen View Post
    I heard some of those very fine tunes here.
    I would like to contribute with this original:



    Cheers Uffe
    This is great man... almost reminds me of some Wayne Shorter type stuff. Not that I don't love your playing, but I'd love to hear this arranged for, and performed by, a small ensemble. Any chance you got Herbie and Wayne's numbers??
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  23. Quote Originally Posted by jordanklemons View Post
    This is great man... almost reminds me of some Wayne Shorter type stuff. Not that I don't love your playing, but I'd love to hear this arranged for, and performed by, a small ensemble. Any chance you got Herbie and Wayne's numbers??
    So nice of you to comment, Jordan. Thanks :-)
    You are such a skilled player.
    I actual performing my original stuff often with a trio. Also this tune.
    Im a little in doubt what kind of numbers refering to those giants you mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uffe Steen View Post
    So nice of you to comment, Jordan. Thanks :-)
    You are such a skilled player.
    I actual performing my original stuff often with a trio. Also this tune.
    Im a little in doubt what kind of numbers refering to those giants you mean?
    Phone numbers Uffe... phone numbers

    I'd love to hear you play with a trio sometime. Are there videos or recordings anywhere?
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    Sitting back enjoying so many of these...

    Fuzz, that tone, those bends...dang.

    Uffe...beautifully challenging melody, brilliant clang of open strings

    Ragman, bee music, so peaceful, gentle

    Jordan, my goodness, I live that agrestive distorted tone, and the arrangement is just killer.

    John, the kind of groove (don't wanna say smooth, but it is) jazz I love. Could listen to that all Sunday and any day.

    Cleb...old school! Love that sound...and you play a kingpin, so you're obviously smart...

    I'm sure I missed a few, and that's just this page. Time to pour an IPA (Solemn Oath SnagLe tooth bandanna) and listen more...

    I'll get in too, a tune I wrote a few years back...tried to remember it this afternoon, as I hadn't played it in ages...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. beaumont View Post
    Sitting back enjoying so many of these...

    Fuzz, that tone, those bends...dang.

    Uffe...beautifully challenging melody, brilliant clang of open strings

    Ragman, bee music, so peaceful, gentle

    Jordan, my goodness, I live that agrestive distorted tone, and the arrangement is just killer.

    John, the kind of groove (don't wanna say smooth, but it is) jazz I love. Could listen to that all Sunday and any day.

    Cleb...old school! Love that sound...and you play a kingpin, so you're obviously smart...

    I'm sure I missed a few, and that's just this page. Time to pour an IPA (Solemn Oath SnagLe tooth bandanna) and listen more...

    I'll get in too, a tune I wrote a few years back...tried to remember it this afternoon, as I hadn't played it in ages...

    Yes brah! Not enough "open" chords in solo jazz guitar. Nice!
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    I'm enjoying, discovering and getting inspired by a lot of posts on this thread! Thanks a lot!
    Here's my contribution, a song that although not a straightforward jazz tune, was born from my desire to play jazz. It's all autoproduced. The Spanish title doesn't mean anything, it's just a bunch of grammatical nonsense that is as disorganized as the structure of the song itself
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  28. Quote Originally Posted by jordanklemons View Post
    Phone numbers Uffe... phone numbers

    I'd love to hear you play with a trio sometime. Are there videos or recordings anywhere?
    Hi Jordan . Thanks for your kind words :-)
    Hehe, I wouldn´t dare. HH and WS are GREATS.

    On my website there are links to solo-videos and CD recordings :
    Uffe Steen – Guitarist, Composer

    Trio concert with lot of original tunes and a few standards + many of other performances with different bands :
    AlruneRod2811
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    Last edited by Uffe Steen; 04-30-2017 at 09:02 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuzzthebee View Post
    Cool tune, Jordan! I have a "nerd" question - with the polyrhythmic thing going on, did you notate that in 3/4, or as triplets in 4 (12/8).
    Thanks fuzz.

    As for the polyrhythmic thing, is there a particular section you're referring to? Or just the overall thing?

    I think there's a sort of metric modulation in here at some point. That's why I'm asking.

    But I chose to notate the entire thing in just one time sig anyway.

    I'd originally wrote the whole thing out in 6/8 thinking that would be the easiest way to conceive of the tune. I showed it the guy I was studying arranging with at the time and he was like, "Yeah this is cool, now you need to go and re-write the whole thing out in 3/4... if you want anybody to be able to read this without hours of rehearsing."

    He was right. The melody plays and accents the syncopated '&' constantly. And in 6/8, those get notated out with 16th notes. It was a mess. It looked so visually confusing. It took a ridiculous number of hours to rewrite, as the score was about 50 pages. But now it's all 8th notes. So much easier to read. Still took a bit to work out the kinks, but surprisingly my guys nailed it with relatively little rehearsal. Those guys had some serious reading chops. It was awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uffe Steen View Post
    Hi Jordan . Thanks for your kind words :-)
    Hehe, I wouldn´t dare. HH and WS are GREATS.

    On my website there are links to solo-videos and CD recordings :
    Uffe Steen – Guitarist, Composer

    Trio concert with lot of original tunes and a few standards + many of other performances with different bands :
    AlruneRod2811
    - YouTube
    Awesome, thanks Uffe. Looking forward to checking it out!
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    Thanks Jeff.

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    Last edited by John A.; 05-01-2017 at 12:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuzzthebee View Post
    Thanks. That answers my question. I can "trick" myself into hearing a 4/4 triplet thing throughout, which also would have been a nightmare to read, I imagine.
    Hahaha, yeah that would have definitely been a nightmare!

    Straight 3/4. Lots of 8th note. Easy peasy.

    If I remember, I think the met mod was just taking half notes from the 3/4 turning them into quarter notes of a slower feel of 3/4

    (12)(31)(23)(12) etc etc.

    I thought about notating that - putting above the staff something like half note = quarter note... and then a few bars later, notating it back - but it just seemed so excessive and unnecessary. I figured if I just wrote the rhythms legibly and concisely in the original time feel that everybody would pick up on it. Which is what happened. After 1 or 2 run throughs on that section everybody was on the same page.
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  33. Quote Originally Posted by jordanklemons View Post
    Not sure if this is meant to be tunes we're working on, or already completed and recorded pieces...

    But here's a tune I wrote that ended up being the title track off my last album
    I loved every bit of it .
    Composition,arrangement and your guitar sound stood out perfect with the horns.
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    Just out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pkirk View Post
    nice, everybody. I enjoyed these.

    I don't compose much these days, but here's a blues head/groove from 2007

    https://youtu.be/Dacm5yz9Gnk

    not much of a composition, but I liked the "one chorus solo" approach. I got a bit carried away with the FX unit.

    if you have the patience and want to hear a jazz example, here's a link to a recording I did with that quintet of all original compositions
    Watercourse Records: (x)tet
    the tune "song two" is another one I wrote. (I'm not sure how to post the track here directly, and I've lost the files...).
    Uao! Sounds good


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    I forgot this for solo classical guitar





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    That's a really nice tune, Jeff. Is that unplugged?

    John

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    'See You Next Tuesday'

    This one's with its section of narrative (part of a larger piece).

    The music behind the narrative alludes to another song in the work, whereas the song here is performed as an acoustic trio of trombone, double bass and rhythm guitar plus vocal:
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    From an open-mic back a couple of years. Forgive the poor recording quality, please.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumpalumpacus View Post
    From an open-mic back a couple of years. Forgive the poor recording quality, please.

    Such bold vulnerability in this live performance. Love it.

    (Reminded me of questions posed at the start of a talk I heard recently; "What are the needs of the day, and how - as artists - can we serve the world in its constantly evolving form?")

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    Thanks. I played a jazz original in that set too, but being fingerstyle, the sound is ... yikes ...

    Those are some good questions you pose. I guess if I had to answer, I'd simply say that service to the song is the best I manage for right now, and just hope it's the right song for the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John A. View Post
    That's a really nice tune, Jeff. Is that unplugged?

    John

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    Thanks John, lightly amplified, but the guitar has quite a bit of acoustic volume, so you're hearing a lot of that on top.

    Quote Originally Posted by fuzzthebee View Post
    This is really nice. It has a Metheny vibe, to my ear.
    Thank you! Re: PM, yes, very much so. I'm very inspired/influenced by the way Pat writes.
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    Another slow cut

    here is a fusion-trans oriented stuff I wrote with my friend Chris. Plus we were lucky to record that with some of the best musicians in Poland - check the drummer, bass and sax player

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    Good music, despairing subject. Sorry about that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyppolyte Bergamotte View Post
    Very nice tone!


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    Inspired by Kurt Rosenwinkel's "Caipi" album .... only I did it 20 years before his attempt (and I did not think it was good, I was actually looking for someone to do it properly) ... the 1st song is the only one with lyrics not in English language ... the 4th song is the only one with guitar, not much of it though, just a short solo, but the "backing" is Bossa ... also in explanation I made a mistake and wrote "inducted", of course, it should be "induced" instead, but well, we can't all be Kurt ...

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    Ragman1, your first post Potsdam is luverly, though it does start to "wander" somewhat at about 2'50" in. Great potential there for future arrangent involving horns ?? And the Lost Balloon is sort of all kind of poignant and magical........Prospect Park by Ric Troll just transported me away, very powerful stuff.

    This is probably the most interesting subforum for me personally and it would be great that each composition got its own little thread. As it is, this is just way too much of a good thing IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter C View Post
    Ragman1, your first post Potsdam is luverly, though it does start to "wander" somewhat at about 2'50" in. Great potential there for future arrangent involving horns ?? And the Lost Balloon is sort of all kind of poignant and magical........
    SO WHAT'S WRONG WITH MY OTHER ONES???!!!

    just joking, point taken

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