You're starting 2012 off happily for sure, with this fun piece. Easy listening, hopefully?--Easy listening, definitely! Very enjoyable melodies and counter melodies winding around your chord progression. Really nifty percussion too.
--I want to pass on a technical observation - The drums and percussion are spread out nicely, I think in their default panning positions.-- But the lead instruments sound like they're all coming from the center. Brass is all there, trumpets maybe a bit to the left, but then when the guitar comes in, it's sitting right there in the same position at center. --Spreading those out would get you a more spacious, pro sound. That guitar would probably sound best way over towards the right - Let the reverb unit spread its sound out some, so there's some signal from it coming from the room, but with the hot spot for the guitar being 50% to the right or more. You could experiment with that anyway.
And then there's the kind of odd case of the electric piano - You have some sort of auto panner on it? It's sweeping back and forth, from half way to left to half way to right, in a constant cycle. Sounds kinda cool, but it drew even more attention that your lead instruments sound mono at center.
ANyway---I had a fun time listening, Jay--Hope the panning observations make sense.
Hey Randy! Happy Nude Year to you also. Your panning suggestions make a lot of sense. I admit that I do not spend very much time with panning. I will from now on though. Unfortunately, I do not have the audio tracks for this piece anymore so I would have to spend more time than I have to implement your great ideas. Your expertise is always very much appreciated. Thanks for the input.
I enjoyed this. Very nice "light jazz" music that is easy to listen to (sorry, the term "easy listening" brings connotations of being stuck on an elevator - if I was, I'd rather hear this than the Muzak that I usually hear...)
I really liked your number ... the whole laid-back feel, the bass, harmony, rhythm, melody, solos ... all really nice!
The only thing I would consider for future arrangements (beyond Randy's excellent advice on panning) is to not have your horns all starting and ending their notes at precisely the same times; this makes the horn section sound more synth/keyboard-like and less like individual players blowing.