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Big Bear


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awigze

 Genre: Jazz Fusion

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This is from a disc by Dave Stephenson (guitar) and Gary Strong (drums). These were jams that I had been involved in from back in our college days. They got together one night a couple of years ago and recorded this. Dave added keyboard acoustic and bass later. He named it L'Spirit de Gary. It was from their straight jam of about 45 minutes. I named this Big Bear for our friend Gary. He had a heart of a bear. I am not sure what happened to him but he rests peacefully now. The night Dave gave me this disc, I asked him if I could record on it. I wanted to somehow reconnect with my two friends in some way. The last thing he said to me that night was, 'let's see how it goes.' It goes like this:

This is 5 minutes of an 18 minute section of that disc that I added to.
My plan is to release two more to complete the project.
Big Bear 2 is here
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Uploaded: Mar 01, 2014 - 06:49:13 PM
Last Updated: Dec 23, 2014 - 07:35:15 AM Last Played: Mar 18, 2017 - 08:05:31 PM
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davisamerica2 said 1332 days ago (March 1st, 2014)
A very nice listen.
I enjoyed this, Andy, and can't wait to hear more. It sounded pretty live, and together. Some great musicianship here.
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awigze said 1331 days ago (March 2nd, 2014)
Thanks T
I'm glad you liked it. Km looking forward to posting a couple more from the project. I'm sure Dave and Gary would appreciate your comment.
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Philip18 said 1332 days ago (March 1st, 2014)
Big Bear
I like the dreamy guitar tone. Sax blends in well - all the instruments contributing to the whole. Atmospheric music.
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awigze said 1331 days ago (March 2nd, 2014)
Phillip
Thanks my friend I'm glad you said this. I was trying hard not to key in on my own sound and even went back and brought it down a notch.
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Charday said 1332 days ago (March 1st, 2014)
Wow!
Andy, what a great story behind this piece, it's so rich, what a beautiful way to make music, one day dude we will all be together.......jammin'!
Jd.
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awigze said 1331 days ago (March 2nd, 2014)
JD
Indeed. I often think of this. It has to be. I'll be in the back.
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Marino_Experiment said 1332 days ago (March 1st, 2014)
Big Bear
Very Nice work...much enjoyed the listen! Great skills and feel!
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awigze said 1331 days ago (March 2nd, 2014)
Thanks
Marino. Welcome to macjams. I am glad you're here. I'm looking forward to hearing your first posting here.
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PeterB7858 said 1332 days ago (March 1st, 2014)
Big Bear
This is a wonderful tribute to your friend, Andy. Your sax blends in so seamlessly and leaves its mark without ever stomping on the flow of the jam. A fine listen. Thanks, Peter.
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awigze said 1331 days ago (March 2nd, 2014)
Peter
I am so relieved you said that. I was really going for it. Thanks.
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KCsGROOVE said 1332 days ago (March 2nd, 2014)
Big bear
really fine guitarwork here, the guitars have a great sound
The sax blends in so well
very much enjoyed!
KC
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awigze said 1331 days ago (March 3rd, 2014)
KC
I love the sound of Dave's Les Paul. He always nails it.
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DWL said 1331 days ago (March 3rd, 2014)
Sometimes jams
can seem tedious but this keeps moving and changing. A lot going on.

Cheers

Dick


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awigze said 1330 days ago (March 3rd, 2014)
Dick
Thank you my friend. I am happy you stopped by to listen and took the time to comment.
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davisamerica said 1331 days ago (March 3rd, 2014)
excellent stuff
downloaded .... wow
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davisamerica said 1330 days ago (March 3rd, 2014)
ok
sometimes I hit and run after one listen ... I pretty much know what I like ... and I love this. Great mix and the sax is so centered in. A jam with a mission .... more please... truly wonderful stuff andy and company.
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awigze said 1330 days ago (March 3rd, 2014)
Jack
These guys were my best friends. It was a real treat to jam with them again.
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lengold said 1330 days ago (March 3rd, 2014)
This is
right up my street. Great music.
Cheers
Len

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awigze said 1330 days ago (March 3rd, 2014)
Len
Glad you're in the neighborhood. We thank you.
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Kicbal said 1328 days ago (March 5th, 2014)
Goodness
Some nice exploration and spontaneous builds. I like the tension and emotion even though the general vibe is pretty laid back. Clear production and nice separation of sounds.
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awigze said 1328 days ago (March 5th, 2014)
Kicbal
Thanks my friend... what a great comment. I think we strive for this.


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sammydix said 1328 days ago (March 5th, 2014)
loose
and flowing with human feel. 100% that "chill at the jazz club with a cocktail or two for the evening" jam quality. sincerely enjoyed (even wo the cocktail).
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awigze said 1324 days ago (March 9th, 2014)
Sammy!
I've heard this song live many times.... putting it in the can like this might not be the best thing for it... but it was good to 'work' with these gentlemen again. I am glad you listened to this.
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egobandit said 1326 days ago (March 7th, 2014)
OH yeah
LOve this kind of Jamming, I used to get together with bandmates and do a 2 track live of what every we wanted for about an hour, Totally enjoyable downloaded and thanks for sharing this!
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awigze said 1324 days ago (March 9th, 2014)
Ego
You would've fit right into this tune. thanks for the cool comment and the d/l says the most.
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paul f. page said 1309 days ago (March 24th, 2014)
Exquisite improvisation
There is such a pleasant feeling to this track. It's jazz --- free and easy, everyone taking his time and playing so understandingly against one another. I haven't heard a track like this in an awfully long time. it fairly oozes with schmaltz while maintaining a seriousness of musical purpose. those sax break-ins are wonderful, as are the individual guitar performances. I love this track.
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bud said 1308 days ago (March 25th, 2014)
man - you're like the secret sauce
makes everything better - flavor spice and depth. beautiful build at the 3 plus minute mark - big bear time there for sure.
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SuperStarSmith said 1308 days ago (March 25th, 2014)
good listening
here. your sax fits really well. i like the rising and falling tension. good stuff
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say said 807 days ago (August 9th, 2015)
Big Bear
Alot of heart in this, love it ! Looking forward to hearing Big Bear 2 , listened to L'Spirit de Gary, dig it & love the length of these. So far this is my fav

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I play a Cannonball Tenor Saxophone and a 1968 Selmer Mark VI Alto I don't attempt to sound like any other sax player but look for my own sound and sometimes it looks for me. I live in the Dallas area. Collaboration Sites: Siren's Headban... [see more]

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