This is my tribute to my college band director, Edwin "Pinky" Fowler.
Here is my "Pinky".
I'm diggin' this...glad you have joined the "jazz for breakfast" club!!
It's got that typical Alexander smile to it and plenty of energy.
Nice key change after the piano solo, too...and the obligatory Basie ending!
Chord progression is meaty for the improviser as well. I don't hear any standard
tune in the progression...it's original as far as I can hear. Nice. But key of D??
Only possible suggestion might be to thin out the scoring in a couple areas.
That may be a mixing thing or a scoring thing.
I'll leave mixmeister issues to the mixmeisters, though...I'm hardly one.
Another float on the Alexander Hit Parade
Professor of Capitalism
Indianapolis Brass Choir
All Your Bass Sus&Short Are Belong to Us.
A big +1 to Snor's joy over hearing more jazz here in the LR. I think it's great - and this new jazz contribution from you is a really fun one, Larry. This tribute would surely have pleased your college band director.
I think Snor's feedback about maybe thinning out the arrangement in spots is probably due to some thickness in the recording caused by quantization. You do a lot of work hand inserting notes in Sonar's Staff View, I think that's right, Larry? Naturally that creates that overly-perfect, player-piano, organ-like sound especially pronounced with brass or string patches.
But we can hear what you're doing, and the recording works fine. We can hear your smart, energetic musical sense which is always refreshing and inspiring to hear.
Thanks, once again, Larry, for brightening up the LR with your work.
I knew you would have another jazz piece for us (since I've listened to you post about every genre out there over the years!) and this one kicks! So good to hear an outburst of jazz energy here lately; I hope you got a chance to enjoy the three other pieces Snor, Jay, and myself have posted here over the past week or so.
Changes are close to "Back Home In Indiana" to my ears (a GREAT progression!) ... just a little different here and there. Fun arrangement to get the juices flowing today!
(PS If I'm the bass player, I just changed bandaids for the third time! .)
A must have on your iPhone (or similar). A ringtone maybe, at least this awakens people to a more positive attitude on not only monday mornings!!!
Pity I don't have such a phone.
Greetings and all the best,
[listening again to this piece, couldn't get enough of it]
Here we are with another swinging jazz tune. As I'm not a jazz specialist at all, the only thing I can say here is that it amused me, cheered me up and brightened my (dull by the weather) day. Thank you for that, Larry. You're a man of many talents.