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Topic: Half-Spin

  1. #1


    Hi there -

    This is kind of hilarious. It's been SO long since I posted here, I couldn't remember what the protocol was for posting a message. I miss you guys, virtually. I've been working in some jazz arranging books, and worrying about my livelihood, blah, blah, blah. You know the tune.

    Speaking of tunes, I wrote this one not too long ago, and thought of you guys, as being people I could turn to for an honest opinion. Not sure what to make of this one. Do your worst. I can't decide.


    As always, let me know how that link works.


    ps. I've been catching up, and, as usual, am not disappointed with the caliber of postings on here.

  2. #2

    Re: Half-Spin

    I enjoyed listening to your piece. If anything it would be good to see some slight pitch bends off the notes here. But very good.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. #3

    Re: Half-Spin

    Hiya, Grebnar - It's very good to see you here again.

    This is a cool and quizzical theme developed in a pleasingly nonchalant way. The rendition is very organic sounding to me. Did you use any other instruments besides those in JABB?

    I suppose I could wish for more development, but I don't know, I'd have to hear it first. But this was grooving right along and impressive. It's no wonder you're so high in the SoundClick charts.

    Thanks for the posting.


  4. #4

    Re: Half-Spin

    Thanks for listening, guys.

    Alan - You know, it's funny, I had a lot of falloffs and stuff in there b4 I started editing it, and they sounded wrong to me. Now, listening to it again, I might have gone too far, cleaning it up.

    Randy - You just gave me an idea with your development comment! Maybe it would be too obvious, but I was just thinking what if the inst.s made individual entrances, and engaged in a kind of counterpoint before hitting the main A section? Hmmmm.... Anyway, thanks for the nice words and the idea. Oh, yeah...No those are all JABB instruments. With this one I wrote the tune out and all the parts, and played them in "live" from a score. I use an X-Y ribbon controller for pitch and mod.

    Thanks again


  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Wilton, NH

    Re: Half-Spin

    I like this a lot and think it works well just the way it is. very enjoyable.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Re: Half-Spin

    Thanks for listening, Trent...That's one vote for no changes. Glad you enjoyed it!


  7. #7

    Re: Half-Spin


    Great tune and a very fine JABB performance. An excellent
    addition to anyone's jazz library.

    Like it like as is.

    Jack Cannon--MacBook Pro (2015, 13") GPO4/5, JABB3, Auth. STEINWAY, YAMAHA CFX, Gofriller CELLO, Stradivari VIOLIN, COMB2, WORLD, HARPS, PIPE ORGANS, FINALE 25.5, DORICO 1.2.10, Mac Pro 2.66 GHz CPU, 8 GB RAM, DP 9.51, MOTU Traveler, MOTU Micro Express, MacBook Pro (2012, 13") 2.2 Ghz CPU, 8 GB RAM.

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    Re: Half-Spin

    Hey, Jack --

    Thanks for the nice words. I think it's the weird phrase lengths in the first part that make me wonder if it's not kind of a run-on sentence. But then again...feh!! Maybe time to write another one! Thanks again.


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    Re: Half-Spin

    I won't comment on the musical aspects, I just wanted you to know that I liked it very much. Performance, techniques, harmonization, I leave this to other folks this time. Really a great piece.


  10. #10

    Re: Half-Spin

    Hi Raymond --

    Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I have not been able to write as much as I'd like lately. But I snuck this one in, for sanity's sake. I've been trying to incorporate more slightly more unusual harmonic progressions lately.


    ps By the way, I'm really (re-)enjoying your symphony (not to hijack my own thread). I plan on finishing listening to the other mvts tonight.

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