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Last December, I was having a problem recording with my Kawai MP8 keyboard. Since I knew Patrick (Futzpucker) had the same keyboard I got him on ichat and, with much hilarity, he talked me through reconfiguring some settings. To be sure everything was now working properly, I hit record in GB and played for a bit. For whatever reason, this version of Amazing Grace, which I’ve been playing more or less just like this for years, is what came out. Having no thought of doing anything with this other than using it to verify that the problem was resolved, I did not use a click track and was certainly not mindful about “leaving room” for anybody else to be playing with me. (I’m a solo pianist – I’m not sure I even know how to leave room.)

A few days later, I actually listened to it all the way through and realized I hadn’t played it half badly. That got me thinking how great it would be to get some MJ’ers to add to it. I first sent it to Fran (ziti) who, unfortunately, was just too busy with his band and realized he needed to pass. It next landed in the capable hands of Damien (damiengh) who played a terrific sax track that made me grin from ear to ear. Damien really encouraged me to take it further, and having now demonstrated that good musicians can find space in a crowd of notes, suggested I contact Neil (Jiguma) for bass guitar. I sent Neil the file and within a couple of days he sent back an mp3 with a great bass line and a midi drum track. When I listened to this new version, I was practically dancing around the room, and was absolutely amazed (no pun intended) by these additions. I really had thought it would be too difficult to do drums to my piano with its wildly veering BPM, but Neil’s efforts showed me it could be done! At this point I also asked Neil if he’d be willing to do the mixing, and he graciously accepted. So now I thought we were done …. but back in Australia Neil had other ideas. Having decided the song required “a proper drummer”, he had sent the file to Mike (kevmikwa) who to my great delight immediately signed on.

Meanwhile, here in Seattle, after listening to the song for a couple of days now with sax, bass and a first try at drums, I began to imagine the wonderful B3 work of the great Futzpucker. Since this had all started in a way because of him, I sent him the file as it was so far, on the off chance he’d be willing to give it a go (even though I couldn’t imagine how he’d find room in the spaces that were never really there in the first place). Literally an hour later I had a new mp3 in my hands with Patrick’s exquisite addition. That guy is amazing (sorry, had to do it again).

To further complicate things, I was thinking of yet another addition – going back to the original idea of guitar. I was talking that crazy notion over with Patrick and the very next day he told me he had a guitarist who was willing to give it a try, but was being very mysterious about the musician’s identity. A few days later another new mp3 arrived with an inspired guitar track that completely bowled me over. Along with that was the delightful disclosure that the guitarist was none other than Patrick’s brother Kevin (and bandmate/cofounder of “The Kevin Barry Band”). So “Amazing Grace” was now a band of six, and a family affair to boot.

All eyes were now on Neil to figure out how to slice and dice, blend and feature, and somehow make this unlikely project come together. I asked Patrick to join the early draft feedback loop and while Neil and Patrick starting talking over all kinds of technical stuff, I added helpful critique like “the guitar sounds a little loud right there” and “WOW”. Towards the end, some timing issues surfaced which tested Neil’s mettle right up to the last draft, but with a smoking email thread zipping around the world, and with Mike adding his awesome expertise to that challenge, they were skillfully resolved. Finally, after multiple drafts, changes, reworks and tweaks, and with the easy temperament of the Man from Oz, we had a version that produced six happy sets of thumbs up!

In case you’ve lost track, the band members are:

Magnatone (Karen) – piano and resistance to rerecording with a click track
Damiengh (Damien) – sax and a vision to make it “bigger”
Futzpucker (Patrick) – B3 organ, hand holding and high humor
kevmikwa (Mike) – drums and percussive wizardry
Kevin Barry Feehan – inspired guitar
Jiguma (Neil) – bass, mixing, eternal patience
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Uploaded: May 29, 2009 - 12:23:05 PM
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Roxylee said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Wow, Karen!!
Outstanding talent by all. I'm impressed with the story of how this came into being, and the artwork is the icing on the cake of this rendition of one of the most famous hymns ever written. you guys (and gal) rock!
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
WOOT!
so glad you enjoyed it - what an adventure it has been!
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Rebsie said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Extraordinary indeed!
Love the artwork Karen! This is amazing all right ... incredible blend of sounds, mind-boggling performances and a very pro-sounding mix. I hope this is the start of a new MacJams mega-group ...?

WONDERFUL!
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Rebsie, ya sweetie!
We've had fun this morning trying to get our uploads done haven't we? Thanks always for all your support, and so happy you liked this!
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filmscoremike said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Wow!
Wow! This sounds fantastic; loved it. And what a story! Seems like everything (and everyone) came together perfectly to make this; it certainly sounds that way! Great all around, and all around awesome.

Oh, and just noticed the artwork. Nice touch! :)
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Thanks Mike!
Great to see you here - thank you so much for the listen! (from me and the boys)
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Daugrin said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Grace, now and forever
Next to Jeff Beck playing this solo, and the Gospel Messengers with me in the band, this is my new favorite version.

Daugrin
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Thanks Daug!
That is some FINE company - we appreciate your enthusiasm for our little band!
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Skean said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Amazing
I'm almost speechless, when are you guys coming to my town :D
I have to download it.. Cheers
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Mr. Kenta!!
Welcome to the MJ Gospel band! Glad you could stop by - we had SUCH a good time doing this - glad it's being enjoyed!
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damiengh said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Thanks Mucho!
Thanks for letting me play on this one Karen, it was fun doing this collab. It was very special to me because I knew that you didn't think at first, that it would be possible to make this work.

Well, I wish I had a photo of your facial expressions each time you heard a new layer added. This ought to give you more confidence in doing further collabs of this nature.

Neil, great patience and nice mixing under trying conditions.

Best to you Karen and the gang!



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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
And thank YOU
Mr. Sax!! You got it started, you showed me what it COULD be, and sent me to Neil - so it's all because of YOU that it is what it is! Thank you Damien for your wonderful contribution!
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caroline said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
bloody marvellous!
thank you so much xoxoxoxox
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Thanks Caro!
you heard a very early version - it got a lot better didn't it?? So glad you could stop by - thanks for your support!
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Diviner said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Lovely version
Very epic and great the way it suddenly goes all bluesy. Very impressed and great collab. Well done.
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Epic -
good word, for the process at least - LOL! Thanks Diviner, for stopping by!
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Boundless said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Great work
I love how it starts with the piano on its own
and then - whoa ! - how it goes grooving.

Amazing collab for an amazing song.

Thanks for sharing !
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Thanks!
It does have a pretty cool build - and a timing change from 3/4 to 4/4 (which I wasn't even really aware I was doing), let the whole thing jump up a notch. Thanks for the comment!
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drakonis said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Never heard it this good...
Amazing Grace has always been one of those eye-rolling warhorses for me... until NOW! This is a fabulous production, very smirky modern jazzy interpretation, but not that "ostentatious jazz", just upbeat feel-good bouncy jazz. Excellent piano work, and Damien always blows my mind (and luckily not his own) with that sensual sax playing... Futz&Bro are a dangerous duo indeed awesome additions... Mike always adds magic with his drumming skill... and Neil added rich bass and a very impressive touch at balancing this bouncy mix, very impressive... and overall, a great piece of music bounced all around the world! Thank you for the detailed description too, I always love verbiage!
ttfn,
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Thanks Drak!
I'm ALMOST (but not quite) as verbose as YOU!
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composerclark said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
... and don't forget
… The Anonymous Guitarist (in your personnel list; kind of reminds me of the Unknown Comic from the old Gong Show)!

This is a hoot and a holler, and a blast too... just seems like everyone had a great time getting together for this, and we are all the richer for it. I predict this will rise to the top of the "New Song Picks" within 48 hours... Good stuff.

:-)
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Thanks Clark!
Any musical compliment coming from you is GOLDEN in my book! (And, LOL about the Gong Show - I know what you mean! I was afraid Patrick just wouldn't ever spill the beans!) Thanks always, for your support!
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said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
and fun!
A great listen, what a team!

. - Harold
magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Fun
That's the main thing! Thanks Harold!
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drakonis said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
almost forgot
(Have to get the last word in)... the LP cover art is awesome... who did that? Neil? Very apropos icing on the cake!
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Cover Art
by substrata (jodene - the photoshop queen!)
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Char said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Amazing.
Oh yeah.. Love that Louis Armstrong Outro! Holy Internet Band Diversification, Mag woman! Love it. Jack is going to be pissed he wasn't here for the unveiling.
Take a bow all of youse. Ain't this place grace, er great? Thanks a million.

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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
CHAR!!'
Louis Armstrong - OOH - now THAT'S a huge compliment! And yes, this place is GREAT - where else could this happen??
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Sigmund said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Amazing with Grace
This is a fine piece of music without the story, but add that and you really have something here. All the musicianship is top notch, but it is the amount of coordination involved in these MJ collabs that blows me away. An without a doubt this of one of the finest collabs I have heard to date on MJ (as well as being one of the most complex!) Congratulations to you, Karen, for bringing it all together, and to all who contributed to a fine fine piece of musical art. Thank you for sharing this with us.
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Thanks Sigmund!
but it wasn't me who brought it all together, it was NEIL! He's the magic man - I had the easiest job in the group, because I didn't have to figure out a way to play along with such a space hog, or how to make all of this fit together so seamlessly. So, thank you NEIL!
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I.G.M. said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
This is simply TERRIFIC,
I`m impressed!
Musicians are all very versatile, mix is very nice.
Guitar is awesome, really!
Piano is not so good... hehe... it`s not good, it`s wonderful!!!!
Congrats Band, you`re amazing!!
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
LOL
well, i don't play that well - it's an embarrassment i know - luckily the other band members picked up the slack! (glad you liked it ingo)
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kclements said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Excellent
Hello Karen -

I've been gone a while, and I come back today to this lovely version of Amazing Grace. Really like the beginning only to start rockin with the guitar entrance. Love the variations. Would be a great jam to get you all in the same room and let you rip.
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
and hello back to you!
long time no see - how loverly for me that you stopped by! Yes, it would be um ... amazing ... to be able to actually jam with these guys! Thanks for the listen and comment!
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Feter said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Amazing Grace
I m just speechless ...a song roam around the world twice or more ..but why
not its Karen's magic :-) ....I felt how original everybody's effprt here
and how so wonderful MJers are ...the giving the sweet spirited ..one of my
old time fav song ..and here the words are just leaving ...this is just cool..
thnx alot for sharin such gem ....and hats off to all !!!!!
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Thanks Feter!
this really was such a group effort in a multitude of ways. Sigh ... MJ just basically ROCKS!
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kassia said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Magnatone and The Boys
Way to stick it to the click track! This is a fabulous success in so many different ways - the great story you've included here says it all. Karen, with each new upload, you have shown us more of the diversity and range of your talent, and this just takes it one step further. I've totally enjoyed following the evolution of this over the past few months, listening in joy and wonder as each new piece was added and juggled (wrestled!) into place. Congratulations to each of you for your amazing individual performances - but mostly, my deepest thanks and respect to all of you as a group for what you have accomplished here together. This is the epitome of what MacJams is all about. A truly global effort, full of shared enthusiasm, resulting in beautiful, fun music. Y'all are awesome!
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
yes, **** the click track!!
although it would've been a LOT easier for the boys if I'd started over and played to one. Luckily, those boys know what they're doing. And special thanks to you Shay, for all the moral support and draft listens along the way!
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Calchas said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Nicely done!
Great Gospel-Blues interpretation.

Be well all!
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
would ella be proud?
(lol - probably not - but we had fun)
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particledots said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
I was waiting for the vox to come in
:-)

Very well done!

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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
no vox
no WAY is there room for VOX!! (lol) thanks bryn!
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particledots said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
of course there is
absolutely
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musichead said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
nice....
Just really nice. Great mix from Neil. The keyboards make the song for sure. You guys made this your song. If you wouldnt have had said anything, I would have thought it was your own!!! Nice job!!!
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
thanks stevie!
it'd be a little hard to claim THIS song as our own - though we sure had fun messin' with it! thanks for the listen - great to see you around again
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mike_d said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Amazing Song!
Not only have I just been taken to school here, I think I've been taken to church too :)
Holy Cow is this good! You all really made this song jump-n-jive so nicely. Outstanding performances by outstanding musicians for sure. Neil did a fantastic job with the mix as well.
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
thanks mike!
the church of MJ! and yes - Neil made it ALL happen!
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jiguma said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Karen
Got here when I woke up to find 23 favs already - a new MJ record I suspect.

As Karen says in her description, which probably took as long to write as for us to finish the track, this was a BIG project. It was also a project with amazing musicians and absolutely NO show-boating, grand-standing or any other two word concepts that infer big egos (there's another one!).

Starting with Karen's piano (thanks for the "no click track" approach Karen - I learnt a lot!), each additional track put a bigger and bigger smile on my face. Doing this collab has been one of the high points of MJ so far for me - seriously excellent musicians. Oh to play together for real.

Special mention for Mike, whose rhythmic skills and insight eventually led me to find the culprit in our timing isseus - no names, but he plays an instrument with 4 strings. Once that was figured out, and some new notes played on said 4 strings, it all fell into place.

The mix was a challenge. Apart from Karen's busy piano, there were fantastic solos from Damien, Patrick and Kevin for whom space had to be found. It took "an hour or so" to mix ;)

Anyway - thanks to Karen for asking me to join in - I really appreciate it - and thanks to Mike, Damien, Patrick and Kevin for the excellent music to work with.

Cheers from Oz,
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
wordy? me??
Neil, you are SO "the man"!! it's so nice to read that this has been an MJ high point for you, because for awhile there, i was afraid we were slowly squeezing the life out of you. each time i thought "if it were ME, i'd be throwing in the towel NOW", you came back with a new draft and just kept at it with amazing (sorry) persistence. you can be very proud of your efforts, and for making the rest of us sound so good! thanks again neil!
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jiguma said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
:)
I'm a little sad it's over really.
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
sigh
me too neil :(
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jiguma said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Gear:
Bass:
'71 Fender Precision Bass, Behringer UB802 mixer/preamp.

Mixing:
Logic Pro 8, Ozone 3, Event ALP5 near field monitors, Sennheiser HD280 Pro headphones.
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LunaTrick said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Soulful collab...
You did a lot with this old Scottish favourite... showcasing a lot of talent.
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
thanks!
the soulful band thanks you, daniel!
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egobandit said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
This is a monster
A nice warm fuzzy smiling monster, what a great collab! Blew me away thanks!
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Fuzzy Monster Grace
lol - well thank you Tim - that's a pretty good description "fuzzy monster" - i like it! and, i especially like YOU! thanks for your support!
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Outtaorbit said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Lord we are only asking that you do your part......
Amazing grace indeed....hahahahahahahaha
so nicely done........get some and git some more!!!!!!!!
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
ORBIT!!
Thanks for the listen, the support, and for being the GREAT ORBIT that you are!! Glad you enjoyed our little band!
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announcer said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
This is amazing, Grace
...er I mean Karen :)
and everybody else who was involved.
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Thanks!
so nice of you to stop in and listen to our little gospel band!
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Andy-bm said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
WOW
I can't believe what this turned into. A virtual JAM!

OK, Now. Who's gonna sing?
jiguma said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Not much room
for a vocal Andy - trust me!

:)
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magnatone said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
oh come ON Neil
there's that little micro-space at 3:24!!!

(thanks Andy!)
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jiguma said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
I know Karen.....
let's remix it :)
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magnatone said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
um....
let's NOT remix! :)
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paul f. page said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
No one's sleeping...
...for this rendition of A.G. I expect the Gospel Choir to come out of the woodwork at any moment. I'd never have the patience to work with so many others over such a period of time, but the joy you've all brought to this project/arrangement is palpable. Wonderful instrumental licks all around that are grounded beautifully by Karen's amazing piano playing. Just...wow!
Peace.
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magnatone said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Hi Paul
It's funny how it can feel to people like there SHOULD be singing on it - but trust me (and Neil), there's NO ROOM!!! Seriously, it was a joyful experience, working with this great group of guys with talent oozing out of their ears! Thanks for your continued support!
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Dadai.2 said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
this is music...

heaven... and I'm there 'cause I'm listening. Kudos to all.... extra kudos to the saxman Damien!

Great collab Karen... or should I say maggieK?.... ;-)

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magnatone said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Damien's Sax
really makes the song - and the whole thing started with him doing that great BLOW, not to mention bugging me relentlessly to keep GOING with it (thanks again Damien!) And thank YOU jack, for your kind words!
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Doug Somers said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Joy and smiles all round
This is the sonic definition of what makes ensemble playing the exuberant joy that it is. Hot, soulful, and spirited. I'm not even going into the details of the music as I don't want to sully it. Lovely work and musicianship folks.

Many thanks,
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magnatone said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
hot ....
ooooh - thanks! ;)
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timothy devine said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Hi all
way cool
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magnatone said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Hi Timothy
so great to see you around - thanks for the listen!
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KissMeKate said 2974 days ago (May 29th, 2009)
Yay!
This is awesome!!!! And I have waited a long time to be able to say so publicly. :P

Everyone is slammin'. True collaborative spirit Thank you all!
magnatone said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
:-)
yes, it's finally ... um ... out! And on behalf of the band, thanks for your support!
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futzpucker said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Great to read these comments
When I first heard Karen's piano track on this song, I was stunned because of two things - It was just a killer gospel piano track, and who doesn't love some of that, and it was Karen that had played it. Now, my respect for Karen's playing has been very high since the first time I heard her music here. She is a very skilled player. But I didn't realize how versatile she was, so hearing this great, rockin' gospel slash whatever piano track was a very fun surprise. When she asked me to lay down a B3 solo I thought it was a great opportunity to try to come up to her great playing. Making that effort was way too much fun, and I was very grateful to have been asked.

I was even more grateful because of the involvement of my brother. It was very enjoyable for Kevin and me to participate in this project and its process together. After we completed our tracks we talked about the preliminary mixes we were being sent, discussed what was right and what needed some attention. It was great to hang with my brother over this very positive experience we were having with some great human beings and fine musicians.

This was a very rewarding endeavor. And I get the feeling that these kinds of things, which many people in this community have participated in, some people many times, these are what Simon and Miguel hoped would happen as they developed this site. I'm glad I got to be in on this one.
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magnatone said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
My very dear Patrick
This is such a wonderful comment, thanks for taking the time to write it. I'm so glad you were the integral part of this that you were, and that you had the inspired thought to bring Kevin in as well. Little did I know until YESTERDAY after posting, that he actually has an account at MJ (guitardriver!!) - and i think he's going to be getting a LOT of requests now. The Feehans ROCK. You're a wonderful musician and friend Patrick - thank you for everything you did to make this come to fruition!
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Jarvoid said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Stonking
absolutely stonking (you may have to get Rebsie to translate !!)This is right on the money right down to the artwork which I had a good chuckle at.The piano part is right up my street , sigh ,I may have to retire the PSR K1 and invest in a proper piece of kit.Altho' where I would get any talent from would be the next problem...however back to this and that is just what I'm going to do....singing Brother Lee Love ,Brother Lee Love.....;0)
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magnatone said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
stonking?
is that good? glad you enjoyed the piano Chris, and i totally recommend the Kawai MP8 (it comes WITH talent!)
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bud said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Knock me over with a feather
I am amazed. Great work everyone. Inspired concept Karen. Good things happen to good people.
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magnatone said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Thanks Bud!
it was so nice of you to stop by (ya cutie!)
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MarkHolbrook said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Ok finally back for
the comment... Sorry not much time during the first listen!

I especially love the piano intro. So tastefully done. So much emotion in the keys... Nice work.

Then the build just takes this into a jam and it sounds great! Neil I especially love your bass work!

Frankly everything is gorgeous.. Sax just kicks and the organ... man I felt like this was right down in a city square with a ton of people looking on!!!

Excellent!
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magnatone said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Hi Mark!
thanks for stopping by again! yes, sax, organ, bass - it's all excellent work! and thanks again to neil, it goes TOGETHER well!
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guitapick said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
!!!!
YEAH!!!! Absolutely awesome!!! INSPIRATIONAL!!!! You ALL sound fantastic!!!!

Like we're out at a club:

"HEY BARKEEP!!! Drinks all around!!! It's on me!!!! (man...did I just SAY that?)"

Wonderful post, people...great collab....
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magnatone said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
BOB!!
So glad you could stop by to hear our little band let loose! And, I'll have a .......
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TERRAPLANE said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Oh HOW SWEET THE SOUND!
Great musicians with a top notch production,,boy I'm so glad to be here!!! Thanks,,, T
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magnatone said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
how SWEET it is!
you can thank Neil for the incredible production! Thanks for listening, we all appreciate your support!
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Ed Hannifin said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
It all starts from that piano....
...which stays strong and rollicking all through, but there is sure lots of other stuff to appreciate and treasure... Everybody sounds great and everybody sounds like they are having the time of their lives.... Nice trades, a nice illusory sense of everybody being in one big acoustically perfect and very friendly room, probably with good snacks and tall ice teas waiting... Everybody happy to be there...

Ed
magnatone said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Hi Ed!
every time i see your picture, i think about how your old cartoon avatar was such a GOOD facsimile of your actual face! thanks for listening to our little gospel tune - we sure had a kick doing it - and Neil is still with us!
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mowguy3 said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Wow!
I am tired just reading the description. Alot of effort and tallent here. Fantastic job to all involved with this track. There is no way this song of generations will ever be coverd again without my thinking of this. Nor will it ever be as good! Thank You.
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magnatone said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
LOL
sorry russ, my description does go on and on - i had to take a nap after writing it! it's probably not nearly as fascinating of a story to anybody else as it is to me and 5 other people in the world. Thanks for your kind words, and for the very notion that you'll think of us in the future when you hear a cover of this. We appreciate your support!
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awigze said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Amazing Gracious!
Wow! I am insanely jealous. This is one of my most favorite songs of all times. I play this tune live whenever I get a chance... even played it at my mothers graveside and not too different from what you hear here. Damien blew it out! and that spine-melting B3- - drums and guitar were / are superb... and the mix= wow. Ok - I think I hit everybody... the history of this song is deep and profound and you guys did it justice for sure.... Amazing indeed. Great job! [like the click track free copy too]
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magnatone said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Hi Andy
well ... you forgot to mention how much you loved the piano ... but i'm sure you MEANT to say that! (lol) it's one of my most fave songs too, and i LOVE to play it like this - i'm kind of in "dream come true" land to have my version of AG get THIS treatment, from such an awesomely talented group. Thanks!
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awigze said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
I just LOVE that piano
oops, sorry [embarrassed] lol
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magnatone said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
LOL
about time you showed up and fixed that :)
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awigze said 2971 days ago (June 1st, 2009)
and OH that mix
is just awesome - incredible really!
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rsorensen said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
first of all
that art is SO cool. nice work
secondly, WHAT A COLLAB! so much soul and an awesome mix. i'm a fan. more please.
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magnatone said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
HI Ridd!
it's GREAT to see you here - thanks for the wonderful comment and declaration of your fan status. we are honored!
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Sir Bass said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Weeedoggy
Great work by all.
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magnatone said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Weeedoggy!
lol - thanks Sir!
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peacepiano said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Inspired
Great combination. Great Tune. Getting all of you together is a major MacJams treat!

Take Care
Bill
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magnatone said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Hi Bill
I was hoping you'd have a chance to drop in! it really was a treat to DO as well - thanks!
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Alannah said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Wow .....
... so Karen's having "sax" too now .... and then some ! WOW ! Great additions by ALL in the Band !
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magnatone said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
Alannah!!!!
where have you been?? so glad you came by for the ... um ... sax. And of course, all the other finely represented instrumentation! :)
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Bob6stringer said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
SNL redux
Reminds me of G.E. Smith leading the old incarnation of the Saturday Night Live Band - nice vibe and a great job by all!
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magnatone said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
SNL
now THAT is the ultimate compliment! Thanks Bob
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Dragonas said 2973 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
WOW!
I listened to this ... and then immediately listened to it again!
Totally pro performances by all.
It sounds great.
I'm ready for the road tour!
Cheers
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magnatone said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Hi Dragonas
More than one listen must mean it's doin' it's job! Glad you enjoyed it - the bus is warming up!
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Dj French Toast said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
click track free indeed :)
this is such a fun tune :) insane how a little idea and moment can turn into a whole world :) Cool colab guys !
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magnatone said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Hey Frenchie
you said it well - it was a "little" idea ("is my keyboard recording correctly now?") that turned into something kinda big. thanks!
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kevmikwa said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Very proud
Most of the comments above make note of the soulful, human nature of the performances, and that's what really did the trick here. Karen's inspirational "keyboard test" was just a start and it really flew from there. I consider myself lucky to have an MP3 that was made as part of the production process that's just Karen's piano and my drums. I love everything else that got mixed in and each part is essential, but you really get a flavor for the song's foundation listening to that basic recording made some five months ago.

All involved musicians are aware that Neil is the true savior here, displaying a very amazing grace indeed. In addition to contributing a bassline and providing a professional mix and sheen to the final product, Neil patiently sorted through sync issues as our multiple tracks shuffled together. He and I need to figure how to get more presence to the lower end parts of my kit (the toms seem mostly absent), but we'll noodle that. It's probably something I have to do on my end to give him more to work with.

So, on this, my 4-year anniversary here at MacJams, I am super proud to add this track to my list of collabs. Thanks to my five co-collaborators for letting me tag along (and to everyone who has commented kindly about the drummy bits).
magnatone said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
I was hoping you'd come by!
This is your 4 year MJ anniversary - how cool is THAT?? Yes, Neil is true savior, and all of you guys did such an amazing (sorry) job of figuring out how to play along with wildly veering me. I was really the ONLY person in the band who didn't have anything hard to do! I just sat back and enjoyed the process (except when I was ringing my hands - LOL). Thanks Mike - you're the best!
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kevmikwa said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Wildly veering
I've already regaled you with my thoughts on ostinato (non-click-track) recordings. Here are my two top notes for the benefit of everyone else reading:

(A) Veering is beautiful. That's the song breathing. You ramp up as you kick into a chorus, you ease off the gas when you go into a quiet passage. That's part of what gives a song its soul. The drummer in me likes the click, but the human in me prefers the emotion.

(B) You didn't really veer very much anyway. I am looking at the project right now - it says here that the bar-to-bar variances averaged right around 3 BPM. Most people aren't even gonna notice that. There was that one point where I chose to do a little tempo smoothing, and I actually regret doing so because in retrospect it didn't really need it.

Keep me in the rolodex. Veer away and I'll gladly follow.
magnatone said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Mr. Mike
you are SO in my rolodex! thanks for this extra comment - all very interesting - and for finding some reason to celebrate veering - LOL
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jiguma said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Hi Mike
yeah, the lower frequencies in the drums remain a bit of an issue that we'll have to sort out eventually. I think here that the problem actually helped the mix as there weren't too many frequencies at the lower end that weren't already pretty full.

I'm very confident that we can figure it out though.

Thanks for answering the call on this one Mike - definitely an improvement on my pathetic midi drums!!
N
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VicDiesel said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
It's more fun with 4, 5, 6
This track just builds and builds and builds in energy and in joy. To me, this is the ultimate Amazing Grace recording.

Great playing all around.

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magnatone said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Hi Vic
"The ultimate AG recording" - wow - thanks for the wonderful comment!
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btransue said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Damn this is rich
I loved this from beginning to end, what a fine, polished production. Amazing that it ain't live! When does the band start the tour?
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magnatone said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Thank You
and, thanks to "The Man From OZ" - as i said in an earlier comment response, the bus is warming up!
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Kody106 said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
thrilling
simply. Thrilling. GREAT JOB!
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magnatone said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Thanks Kody
now slow DOWN! :)
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blaky smith said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Yes!
Great work Karen, it's always a pleasure to hear what MacJammers can make together and here a group of talented musicians with your excellent piano playing. Good music, very enjoyable listen. Thanks and bravo to all !
Marc
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magnatone said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Hi Blaky
I was hoping you'd have a chance to drop in! I was very very fortunate to get to work with this group of very talented musicians! Thanks for the support!
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davisamerica said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
finally!!
you just had to wait until I was out of town right ?? :-] Outstanding comes to mind ... well done guys.
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magnatone said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
SORRY JACK!
This isn't actually the song I was talking about in chat the other day - I didn't realize THIS one was going to be ready when it was. As you can see, THIS one has been in the works for MONTHS. (Whereas, the one I was referring to, has only been in the works for like, SIX WEEKS) (lol - I'm SO SLOW!)

Glad you enjoyed our little band!
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Joe Brady said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Wow, what a great story!
Hats off to the one who started it all with that wonderful piano, Karen, you are truly a pleasurable listen. But heck, so is everyone on this tune. Thanks for the tune and the story.

Joe
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magnatone said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
Thanks Joe!
personally, MY hat is off to Neil - but at this point, we're pretty much all hatless, exposing a lot of white hair!
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SmokeyVW said 2972 days ago (May 31st, 2009)
serendipity
holy cow! this is so great

wow wow wow

who needs a click track anyway? real music doesn't have click tracks.

i believe in serendipity

you just reaffirmed my belief

thanks
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magnatone said 2971 days ago (June 1st, 2009)
Smokeeeeeeeey
So, you liked it? :) Music played live isn't played with a click track, but everybody is in the same ROOM, and can HEAR each other! Somehow, Neil made it sound like that's exactly what happened - Hail "The Man From OZ"
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saymme said 2971 days ago (June 1st, 2009)
Amazing collab !!
What a treat !!!!!!! YOU ALL ROCK!!!!!!! & that sax in there...just makes it perfect !(!) kinda speechless ...tx to You All my pleasure totally !!! I LOVE multis ...!
magnatone said 2971 days ago (June 1st, 2009)
Thanks Lena
I haven't seen you around in a little while, I'm so glad you stopped by to hear this! Yes, the "multis" are pretty .... um .... amazing!
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ShadowofNine said 2971 days ago (June 1st, 2009)
Great collab
When you assemble a group of people to work along on a great old piece, well magic happens, and this baby is a magical gem, I like that it goes into a shuffle later and starts to get that gospel vibe, very cool folks...
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magnatone said 2971 days ago (June 1st, 2009)
DAVE!!!
I was hoping to see your handsome face here! A funny thing about how I play this song is that I never before even noticed that I go from 3/4 to 4/4, and didn't realize that at all until these various bandmates started talking about it (especially Mike who had to do quite a change up). Proof that I don't really know what I'm doing!
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gail60 said 2971 days ago (June 1st, 2009)
amazing
Totally amazing how you always pull this stuff off Karen! This is wonderful! Wow....words are not enough to describe how much I enjoyed listening to all of you here. Everyone did such a great job. I think I was actually at that church service and watched you all perform. Just so you know, I have seen the light - and am coming back for seconds. :) Wonderful job to all of you!!!
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magnatone said 2971 days ago (June 1st, 2009)
my dear gail!
thanks so much for your continued support - you're the best! but i didn't pull this off - NEIL pulled it off. i just got to post it - not sure why - i guess just because i started it!
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Trillian said 2971 days ago (June 1st, 2009)
Wow!
This is absolutely wonderful !!! My iPod thanks you also. : )
magnatone said 2971 days ago (June 1st, 2009)
and....
we thank your ipod for it's interest!
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lengold said 2971 days ago (June 1st, 2009)
That was an
extremely enjoyable surprise. Fantastic.
Cheers
Len

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magnatone said 2971 days ago (June 1st, 2009)
Thanks Len!
I still can't believe my great good fortune, being able to get all these great guys to play with me!
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yamenyamani said 2970 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
wawwww
can i say just wawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww......
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magnatone said 2970 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
yes, you can just say
wawwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!
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Livingstone said 2970 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Wow..tuesday night downtown!
all the bars in Chi town are closing up, the jazz cats head to the local watering hole for last call.. the piano starts the cadence and each hipster starts to make their way to the stage as the lights are coming on.. FOR THE SWEETEST MIX OF THE NIGHT.. thanx for taking me there...
magnatone said 2970 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
you are SO welcome!
and thanks for coming by!
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blindsidedpoets said 2970 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Amazing Grace
Oh So Glad I popped in today and heard this. Easily in the top 3 versions I've ever heard! Thank you so much for doing this everyone!
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magnatone said 2970 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
And thank you Nigel
i know you're really busy making an album, so thanks for taking the time to stop by for a listen to our little band! and can't wait to hear the results of YOUR efforts! :)
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Leon said 2970 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
spirit of macjams
This collab captures the spirit of macjams.... the convergence of awesome talents forming a most amazing and outstanding musical product. This is one of my favorite spiritual songs and have heard it in various forms, instrumentally and vocally. This is just one more version that catches the essence of the harmony, excellence and innovative musicality of Macjams' members. Makes you really fell proud to be a part of this website and be in the presence of these good people and amazing talents.
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jiguma said 2970 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
I couldn't
have put it any better Leon!
Neil
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magnatone said 2970 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
me either!
thanks Leon for the kind words!
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J.A.Stewart said 2970 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
Maybe I'm Amazed
by the way this really moves me. ;)


--- Joe
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magnatone said 2970 days ago (June 2nd, 2009)
sigh....
me too Joe - thanks!
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PrototypeEightyOne said 2969 days ago (June 3rd, 2009)
yo
well not too much left to be said. amazing... i actually loved this, and that cover art pic is awesome...icing on the cake.
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magnatone said 2969 days ago (June 3rd, 2009)
Hi Jay
Thanks for stopping by - yes, the cover art is pretty good!
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Ibstrat said 2969 days ago (June 3rd, 2009)
The church
of MJ.I would start going to church if I could hear music like this.Bravo!
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magnatone said 2969 days ago (June 3rd, 2009)
The Church of MJ
lol - i agree completely! maybe we could .... oh never mind :)
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Vic Holman said 2969 days ago (June 3rd, 2009)
late to the party
what a different version

it's like a revival show going on!!

excellent work everyone!!
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magnatone said 2969 days ago (June 3rd, 2009)
yes
it IS kind of a "different" version - glad you enjoyed it - and thanks for stopping by!
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ziti said 2968 days ago (June 4th, 2009)
this is a hard one for me
to comment on...i really liked the original piano solo. I thought it was very perfect and swung like crazy. This is a noble attempt that just doesnt quite get there for me. The individual performances sound like individual performances and not like a band. It sounds very simulated to me, even tho everyone plays really great on it. I think I have the most problem with the bass lines which are performed very well, but just in the wrong style. A nice walking baseline would make it swing much better. Give the thing the joyful motion that the piano suggests.

Again, the individual performances are stellar and the recording is good, but the feel is off. I just dont feel it as a cohesive recording. It IS a very entertaining concept, and I betcha you could make it work with some modifications.

The original piano solo is really great...perhaps you could post it all naked and get peoples reactions to the two right next to each other.

I love all the musicians and people on this recording, and I hope the comments are made in the most positive of ways.

warmest regards
z
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ziti said 2967 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
so
i listened to this again for 4 or 5 spins....and the thought struck me that this is a remarkable example of independent music...that it can be done by people a world apart is so amazing, yet I am beginning to take it for granted. The playing on this is so good, the git, sax, patrick o course and neil and kev all do great things. The recording does come together with multiple listenings. I surely dont feel the separation of instruments as much as i did at first. still think the walking baseline would've worked better, but this does swing a bit more than i gave it credit for. Sometimes we should hold our comments until we have listened more than once...as is often the case with many a cd purchase.

lesson learned.
congrats to all on the rousing success!
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jiguma said 2967 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
Thanks for the re-listen Fran.
The walking bass was definitely an option, but unfortunately, musician union rules in Australia dictate that walking bass can not be used on collaborations in months containing an "a". The rule is to give "running bass", "ambling bass" and "John Cleese silly walks bass" players equal time in the jazz genre.

We were lucky though - international collaborations here are banned in months starting with "J", so I just got in in time.

:)
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magnatone said 2967 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
Hi Fran
well it's been very interesting watching this exchange from your original comment, then the second one, then from Neil. This is all WAY above my pay grade - I'm just a shrimpy little piano player. I've been more or less wide-eyed through the whole process, and these changes and adjustments you're talking about are somewhat greek to me. when i first read ziti's comment, my thought was "well, this guy KNOWS his blues" and i assume that whatever you're suggesting would probably be stellar. So i figure - you guys talk it over and get back to me - LOL. Anyway, thanks for the multiple and thoughtful listens fran, and for these very thoughtful and helpful comments. you're the best - i will always be sorry it didn't work out for you to play your awesome guitar on this - hopefully some other time we can collab again!
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jiguma said 1359 days ago (October 30th, 2013)
Just had another listen
and Fran was right - walking bass would have been much better. I know, let's all do it again!
;)
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tokai said 2968 days ago (June 4th, 2009)
wowwww
big band, whens the tour? Can i be a roadie? Karen, this is excellent, but you don't need me to tell you that.
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magnatone said 2968 days ago (June 4th, 2009)
thanks tokai!
so glad you had a chance to stop by, and that you enjoyed it!
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michael2 said 2968 days ago (June 4th, 2009)
damn Karen
you are such a wizard at piano. really nice. when the sax comes in it's like watching the SNL house band say goodnight. just fabulous. really blown away, sorry it took so long to get to this one.
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magnatone said 2968 days ago (June 4th, 2009)
Hi Michael
I am so NOT a wizard on the piano, but my band mates kind of made me sound like one. I agree with you about when the sax comes in - it's SNL all over the place! That's how I felt when I first heard Damien's track - it was an exciting moment! Thanks for stopping by Michael - great to see you!
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kristyjo said 2968 days ago (June 4th, 2009)
Great sound.
This is really fine. It starts out fairly placidly, and then all amazingness lets Loose! I love how you all kept at it until it became the jewel I'm listening to now!
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magnatone said 2967 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
Hi Kristyjo
so nice of you to drop into our little jam session. Glad you enjoyed it - especially the "let loose" part!!
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SISTERS said 2968 days ago (June 4th, 2009)
hallelujah
i feel saved just listening to the first stanza of your piano.
in fact, that's my only teensy nit: i think this could have developed a little more slowly as far as build -
but that's a crumb in this cake. LOVE that little bottom pattern at 2:03!
beautiful bass keeps it grounded. the organ's voice and texture is wonderful!
very tasty blowing, mighty tasty percussive blows and a big guitar weaving thru it.
AMEN, PEOPLE!
a
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magnatone said 2967 days ago (June 5th, 2009)
A-MEN
yes, we're SAVED! thanks always for your wonderful support Ann!
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MotherofMeursault said 2965 days ago (June 7th, 2009)
HOOT, yourself!
This is worthy of Hal Willner (look him up if you don't know him: he's right up your alley). I sense a move toward greater exposure of the INNER Magnatone in these last few posts, and I give it my deepest, most motherly blessing!
Beautifully played (that piano is so easy and loose and F I N E) with the subtlest of winks; this made my night, Karen.

You're a dear.


MoM
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magnatone said 2965 days ago (June 7th, 2009)
YOU
my dear MoM, are the true dear! thanks for the motherly nod!
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haribo said 2961 days ago (June 11th, 2009)
this is sweeeet
marvellous , perfect piano drum , bass, guitar solos !!!! so welll done
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debmac said 2959 days ago (June 13th, 2009)
New Life
breathed into an old favorite ...how I loved it! Congrats on the collaboration...not sure what instument I was hearing somewhere within the first few lines that seemed a bit too loud and sharp.I'm not the greatest at identifying some instruments, but found the sharpness a little distracting, but all in all..it kept me smiling and dancing! Wish I could play piano half as good as you Karen..awesome!!
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richardhowardjones said 2958 days ago (June 15th, 2009)
Oh Yeah
I might go to church for the first time this decade!

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Moviz said 2957 days ago (June 15th, 2009)
How
I missed this, I don't really know, but what a great collab by all..... those keys are great..... excellent stuff Karen, congrat's all round, cheers M
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diamondvalley said 2957 days ago (June 15th, 2009)
Not sure how I missed this...
guess it was lost but it's sure found now. Thanks!
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thewheelofsteel said 2954 days ago (June 18th, 2009)
mike wheelhouse
wow, outstanding guitar solo , lovely just lovely,
cheers , mike
ChristopherCihon said 2919 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
That..
was fantastic!! What a production! Sounds great!

Deep bows to all!!
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ChristopherCihon said 2919 days ago (July 23rd, 2009)
That..
was fantastic!! What a production! Sounds great!

Deep bows to all!!
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sheilad said 2918 days ago (July 24th, 2009)
so glad
this link got thrown up! I listened while I was studying for exams so forgot to comment at the time and to fav and d/l... SORRY! All is corrected now as this blew me away on the first listen... I just assumed I already had it in my itunes..... SORRY SORRY SORRY
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crissew said 2909 days ago (August 2nd, 2009)
Can I say bad a$$ for amazing grace
Wow, what a production. HUGE sound. Sounds like 15 people in this tune. Awesome.
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Philos60 said 2833 days ago (October 17th, 2009)
It's state of the art!
I've posted it on Twitter:
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ThroughRivers said 2778 days ago (December 11th, 2009)
proffesional
this sounds so professional, luv the organ really cool, luv how everything comes together in this one great tune guys!!!!
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persona said 2755 days ago (January 3rd, 2010)
inspiration
for my latest work... :) Thanks Karen & guys. You have a great piece - Fav & Downloaded!
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b0rn2w0rsh1p said 2693 days ago (March 6th, 2010)
Sometimes too much is too much...
sometimes it's just enough! great work by all!
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jhelta said 2602 days ago (June 5th, 2010)
Just a great job
This song is timless and has been done so meany ways and this was one of those great ways
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jdholliday said 2600 days ago (June 7th, 2010)
Hey karen
I'm trying to go back and listen to people's tracks that have been so encouraging to me, I mean tracks that were posted before I joined, it's hard though even to keep up with new posts, anyway you are obviously one of the biggest encouragers which I want you to know I greatly appreciate,anyway this is by far the coolest instrumental version of this song ever done! Beautiful!
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CottonStreet said 2549 days ago (July 28th, 2010)
This is...
probably the best version of Amazing Grace I ever heard. You and all the contributors did a wonderful job. I am a very big B3-fan, so I give some extra-WOWs to Futzpucker. Thanks for sharing all the information on how this contribution got together. And then this artwork! "Nonbreakable mp3" *LOL* that's a knee-slapper.

rock on,
Michael
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scofugate said 2442 days ago (November 12th, 2010)
Sweet-ola!!!
yea
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mrattue said 2341 days ago (February 21st, 2011)
Celebration
Real celebration this, the joy of the song comes through. The lyrics are not missed, because the story associated with the melody is so well known. Most people will hear them in their head anyway!

Amazing togetherness. One of the many brilliant things about music!

Marc
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davidsmith99 said 2146 days ago (September 4th, 2011)
ways to be original
While the song is not new, this gets full points for superb creative success as a world collaboration; 3 cheers to all!
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JAB24 said 2105 days ago (October 15th, 2011)
Amazing Grace (Multi-Collab)
This Really is Amazing ! What a classic. Hats off to everyone ! Standing O!
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richard13 said 2050 days ago (December 9th, 2011)
Absolutely Fabulous
I'm glad you sent me here to enjoy this bit of bluesy gospel. Kudos to everyone involved. Super, and thanks for the d/l.
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Soundhound said 2050 days ago (December 9th, 2011)
I guess......
Everything worth saying has already been said......

So thanks and happy holidays to you all.....

Peace......
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KCsGROOVE said 1359 days ago (October 30th, 2013)
amazing grace
wow!
the best version I ever heard of this song
what a cool collab
really excellent stuff
Very much enjoyed
KC
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say said 704 days ago (August 16th, 2015)
Thankyou
for another truely amazing collab !!!

Hope you will collaborate more in the future Karen, so great hearing these wonderful ones! This is pro!
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