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    It takes time to compose something worthwhile and perform it so we shouldn't expect the thread to be deluged immediately (unless you've got lots of stuff in the closet bursting to get out!)

    But hopefully we can keep it going and enjoy it. Quality rather than quantity...


    I haven't got anything myself yet, but it's brewing

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    Nice one, ragman. I kept expecting Chet Baker to step up to the mic.

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    The song is many years old and the video is a few years old. But I think it holds up fairly well. Further, it's about writing.

    No mic (except on the webcam), no amp. Lo-fi in the extreme.

    "Learn the repertoire. It’s all in the songs. If you learn 200 songs, you will have no problem improvising."
    Frank Vignola

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    Wonderful!

    Thank you for mine, even if it is a bit like 15 rounds with Mike Tyson :-)

    Nice one, Mark. Just an old rocker after all :-)
    Last edited by ragman1; 04-16-2017 at 04:17 PM.

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    Good stuff, gents!

    here's one of mine recently recorded


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    This one's called Sincerity:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1 View Post
    Actually, I'd forgotten this one.

    That's a really nice piece. Cliche to call it cinematic? I think I hear a trace of Kenny Wheeler perhaps.

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    Here's one I haven't put up yet.
    Last edited by christianm77; 04-16-2017 at 06:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hep To The Jive View Post
    Good stuff, gents!

    here's one of mine recently recorded
    Lovely tune, really sounds like a lonely weekend!

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    This is great, guys, off to a flying start. I knew you could do it!

    Thanks - not for me, for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hep To The Jive View Post
    Good stuff, gents!

    here's one of mine recently recorded

    Good grief a jazz waltz with - whatwhatwhatwhat? - JAZZ FLUTE???? Where is Hep and what have you done with him?

    Wasn't expecting that, great tune!

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    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77 View Post
    That's a really nice piece. Cliche to call it cinematic? I think I hear a trace of Kenny Wheeler perhaps.
    Don't think so. It was more inspired by tunes like Naima and Iris, a sort of slightly disconnected chord sequence I put a tune to. No idea where Potsdam came from, just popped into my head.

    (edit)

    Just heard Three Days. Interesting. Hidden depths, that one, sort of unveils itself.
    Last edited by ragman1; 04-16-2017 at 06:51 PM.

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    Wow.

    Every song was nice, so far. Beautiful voices, voicings, and arrangements. And there were some nice rhythm sections in there, too. I hope some of you have copyrights on your work. I could very easily hear any of the songs in a movie soundtrack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77 View Post


    Here's one I haven't put up yet.
    Sweet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77 View Post
    Good grief a jazz waltz with - whatwhatwhatwhat? - JAZZ FLUTE???? Where is Hep and what have you done with him?

    Wasn't expecting that, great tune!
    haha, nice, thanks! Well, I wasn't Hep back then yet... the tune is recorded recently, but it was composed years ago, before I got into the whole Gypsy/Hot jazz thing. I was more open minded at the time, and the funny thing I wasn't playing any jazz seriously, nor did I thought I could. My jazz college education aside, I never aspired to be a jazz man.

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    Here's another one, from the past, with a FLUTE! If anything, the piano player on it just killed it, I don't even know why he agreed to record with me....


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    This is really old. mid-90's. I had a Fostex reel, drum machine, standup bass, classical guitar. I did it fast;


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    Stevebol -

    That was excellent. Lot of talent here, isn't there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragman1 View Post
    Stevebol -

    That was excellent. Lot of talent here, isn't there?
    very nice!

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    This is stupid. I was messing with some psy-trance learning to use a soft-synth;


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    I was learning to use a computer and Sibelius with this. It's maybe 2002;


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    You're right, that was stupid. I'm joking :-)

    And the second one is proper music, and very good... Gosh, we're putting the pro's to shame.



    Last edited by ragman1; 04-17-2017 at 06:38 AM.

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    More mouse music.

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    Here 's one of mine played by a trio



    and another one based on the diminished scale

    Last edited by Alter; 04-17-2017 at 07:39 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevebol View Post


    More mouse music.
    It all sounds good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alter View Post
    Here 's one of mine played by a trio


    Very nice, Alter, lovely.

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    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...).

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    Quote Originally Posted by pkirk View Post

    I don't compose much these days
    Carpe Diem! You can do it!

    Watercourse
    Hey, some pizza parlour :-)

    31 Exciting Pizza Flavors You Have To Try

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevebol View Post
    This is really old. mid-90's. I had a Fostex reel, drum machine, standup bass, classical guitar. I did it fast;

    Nice! I thought you were a funk/R&B guy? This is a very good guitar playing with strong Gypsy vibe, what gives? Were you playing Django before going disco ?

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    Stevebol you dark horse :-)

    Great tune

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    First tune I wrote:

    A blast from the fusioney past:



    The acoustic version


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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hep To The Jive View Post
    Nice! I thought you were a funk/R&B guy? This is a very good guitar playing with strong Gypsy vibe, what gives? Were you playing Django before going disco ?
    I am! That stuff is gone. It's a fine line between swing and funk. If you can do one you can do the other. I was trying to do a Grappelli meets bop thing on that one.

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    Liked that second one but it was only 1.52. Could have done with some exploration. Lots of potential there.

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    @ragman - thank you! it's an excerpt from a rehearsal, I'm planning on recording a full version of the tune in the summer.

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    Good! Hope it goes well.

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    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!

    Last edited by joaopaz; 04-17-2017 at 08:40 PM.

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    ^^^
    Can't get it to play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevebol View Post
    ^^^
    Can't get it to play.
    yep, I'm struggling here with the soundcloud code... not sure what part to enclose in the soundclould tag.
    thanks for the feedback.

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    ok it's working now, ... 2 posts above
    Last edited by joaopaz; 04-17-2017 at 08:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joaopaz View Post
    ok it's working now, here you go... description 2 posts above

    This is really good. ever do any variations? Related songs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joaopaz View Post
    ok it's working now, here you go... description 2 posts above

    Yes, the intro didn't quite do the song justice. The rest was right on and it has a mood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevebol View Post
    This is really good. ever do any variations? Related songs?
    Thank you, Steve!
    We did another one together. I like it - a lot, some parts - but not enough as a whole to post it here

    But here's another one - this I recorded a few months ago.

    I'm playing it all but the drums - that's bits and pieces edited together from everywhere ... - and the voice, that's my wife.

    Edit .... all recorded in Audacity


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    ^^^
    There's a nice contrast between the two songs.

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    I'm loving the submissions so far!

    here's one...

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    at the risk of being spammy, here's a reading of a big band chart I wrote recently



    definitely learned a lot doing this one. I definitely learn the most from doing arrangements where I really have to make a lot of changes to make them sound good. I've done charts that sounded pretty good on the first reading, and that's nice, but I don't really learn as much. This one I had to tweak a LOT.

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    Wrote this little sketch when I started playing guitar again in 2011. At the time I was looking for a way to combine some contemporary sounds with what I thought of as "bebop". I felt that I was sailing very close to "smooth Jazz" and also that I couldn't cut the changes. I never finished this tune.
    I stopped writing and started learning about playing changes and where bebop came from. I'm still learning!
    This was on my GB10 (long gone)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Philco View Post
    Wrote this little sketch when I started playing guitar again in 2011. At the time I was looking for a way to combine some contemporary sounds with what I thought of as "bebop". I felt that I was sailing very close to "smooth Jazz" and also that I couldn't cut the changes. I never finished this tune.
    I stopped writing and started learning about playing changes and where bebop came from. I'm still learning!
    This was on my GB10 (long gone)

    Nice groove. Who'd you do the drums?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevebol View Post
    Nice groove. Who'd you do the drums?
    Thanks Steve. I've been collecting loops for years and because I do a lot of production I have just about every drum plugin available.
    Live drums......and some other humans........would take this idea to another place for sure but this version is all programmed.

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    Just finished listening to it all. There's some amazing tracks in here that I for sure wouldn't mind to buy in a CD. Some tunes were really captivating. Will need to go and listen to some a few times more - sorry for not commenting (yet) any particular tune, it was either that or listening!

    Great thread, Ragman! And both your tunes are just beautiful