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Along Similar Lines

by Jazz Martyrs

Cool jazz versions of classic pop songs as well as more obscure jazz tunes rearranged in surprising ways.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Prava
4:47 $0.99
2. I Will
4:12 $0.99
3. Wichita Lineman
4:50 $0.99
4. Skating
3:57 $0.99
5. Echoes
3:51 $0.99
6. Say the Brother's Name
5:00 $0.99
7. After 6
6:26 $0.99
8. Just Like the Day
4:41 $0.99
9. Sister Cheryl
5:42 $0.99
10. She's Leaving Home
4:23 $0.99
11. Black Creek
6:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
Rimvydas Paulikas played all the saxophones.
Luke Thomas played all the guitars.
Jamey Holbrook played all the basses.
Paul Marangoni played the drums and cymbals and engineered the recording.

The record starts off with "Prava", composed by drummer Paul Marangoni. It's an aggressive and heavily syncopated tune.

Next is the song "I Will", from The Beatles. The original recording was on their White album. This version is in 5/4 instead of 4/4 and now has the makings of a jazz classic.

Speaking of classics, the third song was made popular by Glen Campbell way back in 1968. "Wichita Lineman" was written by Jimmy Webb. This version is in 7/8 instead of 4/4.

"Skating" was composed by Vince Guaraldi for the Charlie Brown Christmas special in 1965. This version is much more aggressive, but still quite melodic.

Bassist Ron Carter wrote "Echoes" for his record 'Etudes' which was released in 1982. It's a 12-bar blues with generous use of suspended chords. The version here features sax, guitar and bass solos.

Pat Metheny's tune "Say the Brother's Name" first appeared on a collaboration that Pat recorded in 1994 with John Scofield titled 'I Can See Your House From Here'. The original version is a mellow ballad, but the version recorded here is an uptempo samba with a number of interesting time changes and rhythmic modulations throughout.

"After 6" was composed by Wolfgang Muthspiel and originally appeared on his record titled 'Air, Love & Vitamins' which was released in 2004. Wolfgang recorded in trio format with Brian Blade and Marc Johnson. The version here adds saxophone to the mix and is a touch heavier at times. The strange placement of accents and downbeats makes for a very interesting tune.

The next tune, "Just Like the Day" is a beautiful ballad composed and originally recorded by Pat Metheny for his Trio 99/00 record. Pat's version featured acoustic guitar, acoustic bass and drums. Our version has tenor sax, electric and acoustic guitars, electric fretless bass and drums, but retains the feel of the original. Although it may sound like it, there are no keyboards or synthesizers.

"Sister Cheryl" is a beautiful tune written by the late, great Tony Williams. The song first appeared on Wynton Marsalis' debut recording, and Tony also included it on one of his own solo records. This version is quite a departure from the original version.

The next song is another from The Beatles and was originally released on the classic album 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'. "She's Leaving Home" has been rearranged for our quartet and will undoubtedly become a jazz standard once musicians have a listen.

The final tune on the record is "Black Creek". Written by drummer Paul Marangoni, the title comes from the name of the creek that was just beyond the backyard of the house where he grew up in Toronto. The song moves dynamically from mellow jazz to heavy fusion and ends with a flurry of drum fills.

All tunes were recorded with Cakewalk Sonar running on a very problematic Toshiba laptop computer with Windows 10 operating system. The USB interface between the computer and the microphones was a Roland Studio Capture. The microphones were various Audix models. All tracks were recorded at either Sound Matrix rehearsal studios or Bomb Shelter rehearsal studios, with some overdubs recorded at Paul's home in Newport Beach. There was no use of pitch or rhythm/timing correction software.



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