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Across Gibraltar


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Llarion

 Genre: Smooth Jazz

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From my 2010 CD, Autumn Breeze. I wrote this one in 1988. I wanted to evoke the feel of a trek across the the North African desert, in honor of my then-girlfriend (and first wife) who is from Morocco. Originally, this piece had a classical guitar for the melody and solos. When I reworked and re-recorded the piece, the rhythm section got faster, funkier and less mechanical than my original, and my ability to execute the melody with any credibility on a classical guitar disappeared. Getting Stacey Knights to play it on soprano sax was a wonderful flash of luck, and Douglas Lichterman’s guitar solo is sensual, compelling, and mysterious. I'm playing everything in the rhythm section.
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Song Stats
Hits: 1541
Comments: 34
Fans: 17
Plays: 87
Downloads: 28
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Jul 03, 2013 - 09:03:26 PM
Last Updated: Jul 03, 2013 - 11:30:41 PM Last Played: Mar 24, 2017 - 08:59:37 PM
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Hardware:
Drums - Gretsch Renown
Bass - 1983 Peavey Foundation
Rhodes - Yamaha MO8
Piano - Yamaha MO8
Strings - Yamaha MO8
Acoustic guitar - Martin DXME
Congas, Triangle, Shaker, Bar chimes
MOTU 8pre
Software:
Adobe Audition 3
Comments
oldlibmike said 1451 days ago (July 3rd, 2013)
Fantastic!
Great mix and song all around. You've obviously been doing this for awhile :)
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Llarion said 1451 days ago (July 4th, 2013)
Thank you!!
Yes, a while... Drums for 39 years, bass/guitar/keys for 35... Been recording seriously only since about 2000... Thanks very much for the listen and comment!
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davajonah said 1451 days ago (July 4th, 2013)
Gib
I lived in Gibraltar in the 1980s. What a crazy place it was! Used to travel over to Tangiers on the Mons Calpe ferryboat on my days off to shop in the markets there. Food was much cheaper and more varied than that offered in Gib and Tangiers is a wonderful place.

Now around that time, I had started listening to a lot of fusion music, amongst which was Spyro Gira. They are still one of my favourite bands, so it's nice to see an artist here producing sounds of a similar calibre. This music is right up there.

Very nice sir. Most impressive and I've taken a copy for my iPod, thank you.
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Llarion said 1451 days ago (July 4th, 2013)
Wow, thank you!!
That's quite a nice comparison; they are one of my favorites too; especially the early stuff. I got to jam with Chet Catallo when I was in college... Thanks so much for the kindness!
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Philip18 said 1451 days ago (July 4th, 2013)
Across Gibraltar
Cool smooth jazz feel - Chuck Loeb would be happy with that! The sax is warm and relaxed. The guitar flies! Terrific work, Phil
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Llarion said 1451 days ago (July 4th, 2013)
Much appreciated sir!
I'm glad ANYONE is happy with it, ya know?! :) :) Thanks very much!!
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paul f. page said 1451 days ago (July 4th, 2013)
Production is top notch
Yes. The acoustic sax solo was a wonderful find, making this cool jazz number just cooks with energy and such a smooth feeling. Your percussion backup is tasty, too, and never gets in the way of the sax and guitar solos. Congratulations to all of you for creating such a delightful track.
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Llarion said 1451 days ago (July 4th, 2013)
Thank you!!
From a musician of your caliber, this is really great to hear. Thanks very much! Stacey and Douglas are great folks as well as great players, it was an honor to work with them...
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alackbass said 1451 days ago (July 4th, 2013)
Across Gibraltar
Outstanding recording and composition. The sax is excellent as is the guitar solo. I love the lead guitar tone. You bass and drum work always knock me out!
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Llarion said 1451 days ago (July 4th, 2013)
Thank you, kind sir!!
We still need to get together and play/collaborate/something... :)
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Sigmund said 1450 days ago (July 5th, 2013)
Across Gibraltar
Cool and smooth. Some great sax and guitar work - I especially like the trading off going on near the end - nice stuff, man. Your rhythm work is excellent - top quality stuff, Phil - great job and much enjoyed!
Sig
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Llarion said 1448 days ago (July 7th, 2013)
Thank you sir!!
I actually manufactured the "trading fours" part; I had them both play the whole outro as a long, segmented solo, so I could build a trade using the best ones; they cut their parts weeks apart!
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echoroom said 1448 days ago (July 7th, 2013)
Cool jam!
Great mix and production, and that sax is sublime. Great track for a warm sunday morning!
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Llarion said 1448 days ago (July 7th, 2013)
Thanks man!
I appreciate the listen and the nice feedback! :)
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peacepiano said 1448 days ago (July 7th, 2013)
Credit
GIve yourself a lot of credit for pulling together such a sweet combination of players for this one. That rhythm section sets the stage for these great soloists. First rate stuff, thanks for sharing.
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Llarion said 1447 days ago (July 7th, 2013)
Thank very much!!
I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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MartinD28 said 1447 days ago (July 7th, 2013)
Gibraltar
Love the rhythm in this piece - really tight and balanced. Great lead guitar and soprano sax too. COOL jazz!
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Llarion said 1447 days ago (July 8th, 2013)
Thanks!!
The original iteration had a drum computer, and a totally different, much more squared groove.
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jiguma said 1447 days ago (July 8th, 2013)
Wow Phil
that's really nicely done. Excellent performances and production.
Thanks!
Neil
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Llarion said 1447 days ago (July 8th, 2013)
Gracias, Neil!
Thanks for the listen and nice comment!
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TobinMueller said 1447 days ago (July 8th, 2013)
Totally cool
Thanks for sharing more from this great CD. Very cool feel, and really well recorded. Love it!
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Llarion said 1447 days ago (July 8th, 2013)
Thanks Tobin!!
I have some newer tunes I uploaded last month too; probably the only stuff you haven't yet heard...
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Soundhound said 1446 days ago (July 8th, 2013)
Very Very Nice...
A highway track, got your foot in it rolling....
Sound system blasting.... Cool track Man...

Very well played.....
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Llarion said 1446 days ago (July 8th, 2013)
Thanks man!
Never thought I was "road music", but hey, if it works it works! Thanks for the listen!!
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LisaHawbaker said 1446 days ago (July 9th, 2013)
This is great!!!
wow, impressive! Love the sax:) Sounds great, you must have some awesome recording gear. Very professional:)
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Llarion said 1444 days ago (July 11th, 2013)
Thanks Lisa!
My recording gear is not spectacular; but I've had a lot of practice... :) Thanks for the listen!
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Bob Rodgers said 1445 days ago (July 10th, 2013)
An
excellent piece of music Phil, I really love the tone of the bass and your playing, the bass line is locking so tightly with the drums, sounds great :-)
The sax and guitars are superb, what a great song and production.
Very much enjoyed.

Bob
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Llarion said 1444 days ago (July 11th, 2013)
Thanks!!
I've always been a Peavey man, that bass just records so sweet, I don't have to process it much at all, I run a little mild compression but that's it...
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woofer3 said 1444 days ago (July 11th, 2013)
Across Gibraltar
Reminds me of albums like 'blow by blow'around the late seventies. Very enjoyable.
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Llarion said 1437 days ago (July 17th, 2013)
Thanks!
I'll have to check that out!
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tokai said 1441 days ago (July 14th, 2013)
Spainish Island
Impressive in all departments. A fine mix.
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Llarion said 1437 days ago (July 17th, 2013)
Much appreciated!
Thanks for the listen!
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PeterB7858 said 1438 days ago (July 17th, 2013)
Across Gibraltar
Bit late, Phil. Been travelling. Some lovely, mellow, cool smooth jazz - as I have come to expect. Fine musicianship and a pro mix. I especially like the bass, too. Top drawer post. Thanks, Peter.
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Llarion said 1437 days ago (July 17th, 2013)
Thanks you sir!!
Glad you stopped by! :)
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Smooth jazz is generally described as a genre of music that utilizes instruments (and, at times, improvisation) traditionally associated with jazz and stylistic influences drawn from, among other sources, funk, pop and R&B. Since the late 1980s, it h

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