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    Looking for the best quality backing tracks, any opinions?

    Just browsing, listening to the samples, I’ve noticed so many sound like robotic.. no swing? Would love to have some groovy ones to play along with and actually get in to.

    Thanks

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    Which backing tracks have you been disappointed in?
    These days my only backing tracks are either iReal Pro with the awful comping track muted and drums dialed very low or playing along with recordings and mentally subtracting the lead track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p1p
    Looking for the best quality backing tracks, any opinions?

    Just browsing, listening to the samples, I’ve noticed so many sound like robotic.. no swing? Would love to have some groovy ones to play along with and actually get in to.

    Thanks
    I make my own using a looping petal; I'm better at comping and creating a swing rhythm than a computer (well now after 20 years!).
    Last edited by jameslovestal; 12-10-2019 at 08:54 PM.

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    The best I've heard are from the books by Jerry Bergonzi. Those guys REALLY swing. And I don't mean they play Swing music, it's very modern bop style.

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    Thanks, this is better.

    I was listening to the samples from the Aebersold ones. Are they a bit dated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by p1p
    Thanks, this is better.

    I was listening to the samples from the Aebersold ones. Are they a bit dated?
    Well I haven't looked at them in a while, and haven't done an extensive analysis but will say - yeah, probably. Aebersold's play-a-longs have been around for decades (and thank him and all the guys for that, by the way!)

    OTOH - the tracks are no more dated than the tunes and styles that they cover.

    So fast forward - the Valentino tracks are very nicely packaged, one can pick which instrumenst to "minus", and they have an up-to-date contemporary sound. One may or may not prefer that, so it's about options I guess.

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    There is a huge range of quality among the Aebersold backing tracks.I recommend the Aebersold play along’s that feature Ron Carter on bass. He swings hard and the drummers he is with are superb. You also get Kenny Barron. The set with Christian Mcbride is good too. The sets with Rufus Reid are OK. The rest of the Aebersold bass players are not so swinging, or they rush, or play out of tune...

    Computer bass playalongs really have an awful feel. The i-Real book backing tracks are so bad!

    i was not impressed at all with the Vinny tracks.

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    I like these:

    Backing Tracks

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    Simon Peter King's tracks are pretty hip, and cool if you want to try a track with another guitar player on it.

    Generally, I like iReal and I just turn the piano player off.

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    Try this site - Professional jazz backing tracks, standards, smooth, soul, blues, – Jazzbacks

    I've used many from here for gigging as well as practice. Real instruments

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzereh
    Try this site - Professional jazz backing tracks, standards, smooth, soul, blues, – Jazzbacks

    I've used many from here for gigging as well as practice. Real instruments
    i think these are the best I’ve heard. Bit pricey though.

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    Hal Leonard has put out backing tracks keyed to the charts in the HL published Real Books. They are pretty good. Unlike the Aebersolds, though, you can't use the L/R to remove, say, the piano. Still, they're pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawson-stone
    Hal Leonard has put out backing tracks keyed to the charts in the HL published Real Books. They are pretty good. Unlike the Aebersolds, though, you can't use the L/R to remove, say, the piano. Still, they're pretty good.
    I just ordered a Hal Leonard play-along. Samples sounded the best to me, and I’ve always been happy with their books etc., really polished and professional. Will post a little review after some time spent with it over the holidays.

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    As a tool I think both the Aebersold and the Hal Leonard collection is excellent. Of course the quality is variable, but there are more than 100 CDs in each collection (1000 tunes each of them).

    I am not sure I understand the "outdated" term in this context... How could a recording became "outdated" if it is good? Anyway, regarding rhythm section, Ron Carter and Adam Nussbaum will do it hopefully. I think it worth the time to carefully view all the 100+ Aebersold and also the 100+ Hal Leonard CDs samples online, and pick some...

    Just one for the feel:

    Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Volume 114: Good Time!: Book & 4 CDs

    and here are some with Adam Nussbaum:

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