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    "Alone Together" 5,5,5,4 Jazz Band

    http://www.dankury.com/music/Alonetogetherwithdrums.mp3
    This is a completed arrangement, but still a work in progress as far
    as learning all of the ins & outs of an electronic production.
    Balance within the sections as well as balance between the sections
    needs attention. I left out the big solo section after the first
    complete statement of the head because I don't know how to get a
    "sounds like live jazz improvization" into it. Any help in this
    area will greatly appreciated.

    Steve
    Thanks to Dan Kury for the drum part he added. It sure makes a difference.


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    Re: "Alone Together" 5,5,5,4 Jazz Band

    Forget the drums. The chart doesn't need a drummer.

    Great job of making this swing.

    brsmith
    www.brsmusic.net

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    Re: "Alone Together" 5,5,5,4 Jazz Band

    Sounds great, Mr. Steve. You are really groovin'.

    Thanks for posting.

    Larry
    Larry G. Alexander
    www.alexandermusic.com

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    Re: "Alone Together" 5,5,5,4 Jazz Band

    Quote Originally Posted by sosmus
    http://www.box.net/shared/static/854tnaqpff.mp3


    This is a completed arrangement, but still a work in progress as far
    as learning all of the ins & outs of an electronic production.
    Balance within the sections as well as balance between the sections
    needs attention. I left out the big solo section after the first
    complete statement of the head because I don't know how to get a
    "sounds like live jazz improvization" into it. The gaps are where a
    drummer would fill and kick the horns back in. Any help in either of
    these area will greatly appreciated.

    Steve

    Steve

    Nice arrangement - as for the solos Band in a Box is very useful for generating Jazz solos - you enter in the chords for the song and BIAB can generate decient solos - you have control over the length and style. These solos can then be imported as midi into whatever sequencer you're using. The solos for the demos for the Performance Patches at Mike's K2 Scripts
    were all generated by BIAB and should give you a good idea of what Band in a Box can produce.

    As for the drums the Jim Chapin Music Minus One sets have the drums for the charts completly notated so a lot of examples of fills and kicking the horns.

    Mike

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    Re: "Alone Together" 5,5,5,4 Jazz Band

    MMOSC:
    Thanks.
    I contacted BIAB and they told me that their preseant Mac version is not up with my G5 and OS 10.4.10 but will notify me as soon as their new upgrade is available. Where do I find that Chapman product?
    Since I am old and retired, I have nothing to do with my money but spend it so-----------

    Steve

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    Re: "Alone Together" 5,5,5,4 Jazz Band

    Quote Originally Posted by sosmus
    MMOSC:
    Thanks.
    I contacted BIAB and they told me that their preseant Mac version is not up with my G5 and OS 10.4.10 but will notify me as soon as their new upgrade is available. Where do I find that Chapman product?
    Since I am old and retired, I have nothing to do with my money but spend it so-----------

    Steve
    Sheet Music Plus has the Chapin MMO sets- "For Drummers Only" and "Sitin In" are the best ones. Amazon might also have them.

    Mike

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    Re: "Alone Together" 5,5,5,4 Jazz Band

    Steve, this is a very nice swing piece. A very nice large ensemble arrangement of a great song. I have always loved 'alone together'. Really nice.
    -Jay

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    Re: "Alone Together" 5,5,5,4 Jazz Band

    Steve,

    Really nice swing piece you've put up here. You are getting a good handle on the production side, lots of work and it shows in the production.

    Gary

    www.garybricault.com

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    Re: "Alone Together" 5,5,5,4 Jazz Band

    Hey there, Steve "Sosmus" - You have a really nice sounding piece here! Great sophistication in the charts, and you have it swinging right along with good energy.

    I would definitely pursue the suggestions here for how to work in drums, because I feel they're mandatory for the authentic Big Band charts you have on this - I kept hearing a "ghost drummer" - Yeah, gotta experiment with that.

    One suggestion here I have to confess made me wince, "...as for the solos Band in a Box is very useful for generating Jazz solos - you enter in the chords for the song and BIAB can generate decient solos..." - Oh I hope you don't do that. What's the fun in pushing a button to generate music that can be so exciting to develop on your own? Those robo-solos could very well be good for inspiration and for offering some technical guidance, but not for actually coming up with what you leave in your recording.--That's my feeling on that anyway.

    Considering the size of your band, the recording could probably do with more reverb which is applied a bit more logically between the instruments - I mean that there seems to be an unbalance in the subtle use of reverb you have on this.

    Thanks for the excellent tracks - Have fun with your continued work on it!

    Randy B.
    (rbowser)

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    Re: "Alone Together" 5,5,5,4 Jazz Band

    Steve:

    Great sound. It sounds like you were having
    fun when you rendered this. The chart is
    just full of wonderful, progressive chords and
    when the fill-ins are completed (if you do), it
    will be a marvelous project to behold.

    Thanks for your great musical input.

    Jack
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