I've been working to put together a working big band, using all my arrangements/compositions. This is the first rehearsal that I felt was good enough to offer up the recordings for general comment. …Continue
"Hi James - just seeing this thread for the first time. How has the past year and a half or so fared for you? Any thoughts on what worked to further your career and what didn't really pan out? The website looks great, and…"
"Thanks Colin - yeah the mix was just one mike in a room type of thing - the muddiness was just part and parcel for the space, unfortunately. The electric piano player (what I think you're hearing) was making some less than orthodox…"
You've given us a lot to listen to!
I've listened to Dream Days a couple of times and am listening to it as I write this. Overall I enjoyed it immensely. A few observations. I can't really hear the guitar much - is it meant…"
"I think you're totally right about the tempo. It's always been a challenge for me, finding the right tempo in live rehearsal... nerves/adrenaline make me lose all sense of what is fast or slow, I suppose... I also think that it…"
"HI Dave - thanks so much. The end game is getting it recorded, and played live. Beyond that, I feel like having a properly recorded album is a calling card for whatever is next. Honestly, I write to keep me sane. Everything…"
"Hi Charles,I like it. You’ve definitely got the swing part of it right, that jaunty swagger is spot on. the lush horn harmonies really work well, and overall I think you’ve got a good piece going. I especially like the drumming, so…"
"Damn, this is smooth. I know nothing about the foibles of this particular kind of arrangement and setup but it sounds excellent. Is this single-mic/camera recording? And what's the endgame - get work as a gigging big band?Ok, now I need to go…"
"congratulations on your first piece! It sounds wonderful - and thank you for including the score to read along. The comment I would make is that it might be good to consider the playability of the piano part. I'm certainly not…"
I've been working to put together a working big band, using all my arrangements/compositions. This is the first rehearsal that I felt was good enough to offer up the recordings for general comment. There are some issues with the playing at times, as some people are sight reading the charts. But on the whole, the band did an amazing job on these charts.All comments, critiques, complaints, comparisons, and categorization welcome!…See More
"I dig the washy vibes sound, the way the pitch kinda goes detuned, and the way it stutters with the drums. I also really enjoy the lead melody that comes in later, a very nice retro touch.
Two places you could look at, i feel:
"Listening to them now. Lovely work! More of an engraving thing - I'm not really an expert on piano notation, but I wondered if it wouldn't be helpful to make some of the cross-rhythmic stuff you have going on in the first…"
What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Multimedia, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Contemporary Ensembles
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
If I had to choose one, I'd say jazz I guess
Is music your main income source?
Sort Of - Music Related
Where do you live?
Culver City, CA
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
For the longest time I was a semi-pro to pro saxophonist, making much of my living playing and teaching. A few years ago, my wife had an incredible job opportunity that brought us to the wilds of England. Suddenly, we were in the middle of the country-side, and the saxophone jobs were few and far between. To stay sane, I started writing at first for big band, and then branching out into electronic and orchestral music. We've since moved back to California, where I decided to make a go of composing as my primary musical avocation! Now any moment not spent with family or work is devoted to music - writing, learning, and performance.