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jvsax
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Postby jvsax; Sun May 20, 2018 11:39 am Three horn jazz-funk

Just finished this project a few weeks ago! Live sax, all other instruments are virtual synths. SampleModeling trumpet & bone, AmpleSound Taylor acoustic guitar and YinYang bass, ToonTrack 6' Steinway, EZD2 Gretsch drum kit and congas, Scarbee Fender Strat, Kontakt Hammond C3. This tune uses whole step root movement (minor descending roots in the 6/4 section and major ascending roots in the 4/4 section) with some variations of Coltrane-style ii/V's tying it together. Check out "The Shaman" here:

https://music.wixstatic.com/mp3/ee186f_58b007dc414f4df39c9d3674839978c5.mp3?dn=The+Shaman+Horns.mp3

℗ 2018 by John Vaillancourt
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ChamMusic
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Postby ChamMusic; Sun May 20, 2018 1:43 pm Re: Three horn jazz-funk

Live sax - some great lines and well recorded...sax can be a sod to mic up at times!

You've captured that big band sound very well indeed...reminded quite a lot of Phil Nimmons Atlantic Suite at times...for me one of the great jazz band recordings of all time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7It-2UJMA

As an old classical and then jazz trumpet player, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the programming as I know how difficult it is to do this effectively...I agree that sample modelling generally gets you more flowing, musical and 'live' feeling brass results than actual samples unless you edit like crazy!

https://soundcloud.com/bournvillemusic/ ... g-examples

Good stuff all round...enjoyed the music as well, by the way! Only very minor thing here was a feeling that I'd have liked a little more rhythmic variety and edge at times?
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jvsax
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Postby jvsax; Sun May 20, 2018 2:19 pm Re: Three horn jazz-funk

Thanks! Yeah the SampleModeling brass works well I think. Having a live horn in the mix also adds to the realism of the horn section.
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Postby experimental.crow; Sun May 20, 2018 5:10 pm Re: Three horn jazz-funk

ver' nice ...
quite enjoyed that ...

that was some fine drum programming ...
i found i wanted the drums brought up just a tad ...
particularly the ride ...
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Postby jvsax; Sun May 20, 2018 6:08 pm Re: Three horn jazz-funk

Thanks! I’ll give the drums another listen.
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Frantz
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Postby Frantz; Wed May 23, 2018 6:19 pm Re: Three horn jazz-funk

You put a lot of work into this. Excellent sax work. Great musicianship. :tu:

The volume is kind of flat throughout. Perhaps too much compression or limiting removed the dynamics?
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Postby fastlanephil; Wed May 23, 2018 9:44 pm Re: Three horn jazz-funk

Great work!

You made it all sound quite realistic. Lots of great sax riffs here.

My father was a fan of and danced(full tilt jitterbug) to the famous big bands during WWII while in the navy. I remember listening to his 45 and 78 Records as a young child in the fifties. And then a young man named Elvis Presley came along changed everything.
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Postby jvsax; Fri May 25, 2018 12:41 pm Re: Three horn jazz-funk

Thanks guys! Yeah sax used to be cool, then it was replaced by the electric guitar, which was replaced by the computer!
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Postby thomekk; Sat May 26, 2018 4:01 pm Re: Three horn jazz-funk

Very cool and impressive! :)
Sounds very organic to me, great big band-jazz piece. Like the melodic work and the fine improvised parts of the saxes.
Thanks for sharing!
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Postby jancivil; Sat May 26, 2018 7:18 pm Re: Three horn jazz-funk

cool chart, hot playing

I more/less agree with louder or more present drums, incl. the congas.
Of course I want more horns.
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Postby jvsax; Sun May 27, 2018 5:38 am Re: Three horn jazz-funk

Thanks!
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