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Ode To Joy jazz collab

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Another collaboration between me and Pennsylvania drummer drlaine. He's playing real drums. I sent him my piano/bass file, and he put the drums in. Actually, he sent me a drums-only file, and I mixed it together in GB2.

I am playing piano live. Although I will admit that I did a lot of punch-in and alternate takes for various phrases in the track.

This is Beethoven's Ode To Joy. The tune in the middle may seem a bit out of place, but ever since I learned it on piano about two years ago, I have been impressed by the simple yet profound beauty of this little gem of a piece, first heard in the 1950s. Two gems in one, here. The two melodies have beauty in common, even though separated by an ocean and a couple of centuries.

The bass sound comes from Sonic Boom Box. I'm light on the bass on this track because I did so much left-hand-root.

The piano is Synthogy Ivory's "Jazz C7," with a little bit of brightness added from the Apple AU 31-Band graphic equalizer. A very handy tool.

Had to run the piano part through DP first, then imported the piano AIFF to GB for final mixdown.

For some reason the 128kbps mp3 sounded rotten, and so did the 160kbps, but when I booted it up to 192kbps, the distortion mostly went away (to my ear anyway -- maybe you can hear some artifacts that I am missing).

So it's a bigger file than most I have uploaded, but at 4mb, it's not too bad. Better than rotten sound!

OK, I have typed enough.
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thetiler said 4796 days ago (April 10th, 2005)
Your really fun to hear
Your such a great addition to this site.
Bless you.

Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful music.
Then going into other tunes.

Like it alot
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John Stebbe said 4795 days ago (April 10th, 2005)
Your really fun to hear
Thanks so much, thetiler. Interesting screen name you've got there.

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Scorpjammer said 4795 days ago (April 10th, 2005)
As my mother would say...
...with her spanish accent, "Very Sophees-toe-cated music."

Another fine piece of music, John. :)
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said 4795 days ago (April 10th, 2005)
Sweet. Thx. 4 x 9
said 4795 days ago (April 11th, 2005)
I Love Lucy too
I was thinking this was very much in the style of Charlie
Brown Christmas album music, but when the Lucy quote
came in, I laughed thinking this isn't Charlie Brown's Lucy.

Your piano playing is very enjoyable.
John Stebbe said 4795 days ago (April 11th, 2005)
I Love Lucy too
Mungo, you're the first MacJammer to correctly identify the musical quote on
the "bridge" of this piece. Congratulations!

And thanks for your kind words.

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aclarke said 4794 days ago (April 11th, 2005)
A Desi-Lu Production?
Great playing! So nice to hear real live drums. Loved it!
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Swanny said 4794 days ago (April 12th, 2005)
I am a fan !!!!!
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Magritte said 4793 days ago (April 12th, 2005)
Ask and ye shall receive.
These collaborations deserve an album of their own. The Lucy quote works perfectly but where did you ever get the idea to put that in?
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John Stebbe said 4792 days ago (April 13th, 2005)
Ask and ye shall receive.
The idea for the Lucy bridge? I have been falling in love with that tune for the
last year or two, and as I was working out the Ode to Joy jazz piano part, that
tune began "knocking on the door" of my consciousness, and begged to be
put in. Kind of like "Put me in, Coach!" sung by that guy from Creedence
Clearwater Revival -- can't remember his name.
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TobinMueller said 4787 days ago (April 18th, 2005)
Solid and professionally done. It is such a relaxing,
entertaining delight to hear you play. I like the melodies
you cover, the incredibly competent playing, the lively
drumming, the easy going happy trio sound. For best mp3
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