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One Long Road

by Jon Robert Quinn

Jon Robert Quinn's third release "One Long Road", provides the fans with exactly what they've come to expect: crunching riffs, soaring melodies, chord changes & solos from heaven.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Higher
3:19 $0.99
2. Memories
3:05 $0.99
3. Up Above
2:26 $0.99
4. Clouds in the Sky
4:35 $0.99
5. One Long Road
3:24 $0.99
6. Shades of Summer
4:01 $0.99
7. Smooth
2:39 $0.99
8. The Last Cries
4:36 $0.99
9. Night Runner
2:55 $0.99
10. Missing You
3:10 $0.99
11. Dimension
3:42 $0.99
12. The Hitchhiker
3:09 $0.99
13. Vroom
2:43 $0.99
14. Beyond
4:01 $0.99
15. Jazzier Side
2:36 $0.99
16. Journeys
3:02 $0.99
17. Friends
4:17 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
On "One Long Road", Jon Robert Quinn provides his fans with exactly what they've come to expect: crunching riffs, soaring melodies, chord changes and solos. He deviates little from such past releases as "Solo-Fisticated".

"Clouds In The Sky" is a beautiful ballad. There are also elements of dance ("Night Runner") and metal ("Higher"). But his skills shine through the most when he shreds. Quite simply, the man is probably one of the best Instrumental Rock artists of his generation.


Here's a breakdown of each song from the mind of Jon Robert Quinn.

HIGHER - The opening of the CD starts with screeching tires. This is not a sample from the internet or television. I grabbed a microphone, a long mic cable and set it in the street. Then grabbed my keys, got into my SUV, started it up and peeled out. After parking my car, going back into the studio to hear the recording, it came out perfect. We knew we had exactly what we needed to open the CD. As for the song, this was a blast to write and record. I wanted a harder and more dynamic rock song for this CD and by opening the CD with Higher, this presented something different from Solo-Fisticated.

MEMORIES - Who doesn't have good memories? We all do. And when we sit back and think about good memories, you don't rush through the visions in your mind. I thought this song sounded and resembled memories of events in my life. Take a seat outside on a nice day, pop this song on and think about those things that you did when you younger, the good ol days.

UP ABOVE - This song has an effect in the background that sounds like a UFO. Its a really deep bass, wooshing sound. The groove and guitar sound something of science fiction. I thought by calling it Up Above would suit the song well.

CLOUDS IN THE SKY - Have you ever looked up just to look at the clouds in the sky? If not, you should. Just watching the clouds, clears your mind to think about other things. A sense of relaxation. When I wrote song, I wanted it to be as soft as clouds in the sky.

ONE LONG ROAD - Written in 2004 for the One Long Road CD. This song was my little anthem to my tour and boy was it a long road. Like the AC/DC song, "Its a long way to the top, if you want to Rock N Roll". Thats pretty much what I saying here without any words of course. I try not to sing much, as I don't like my singing voice usually. I try to make the guitar tell the story. I wanted to rock and dang it, thats what I was going to do.

SHADES OF SUMMER - I really had no direction as to where I wanted to take this song. I just wanted to write a pretty song and I am really happy with how this turned out. Once it was complete and I started performing on my tour for the Solo-Fisticated CD, the audience loved it.

SMOOTH - Smooth has a nice little story to it. I thought it was so smooth, it flowed. I thought Smooth would be a great name for this song. I guess it kinda stuck. Like Dimension, it was recorded in my friend's home studio, so like that song, the mic and amp were in the hall closet. Also, when recording this song, we took so many takes. We kepts adding more and more guitars to the mix. Usually when I record a song, Its 1, maybe 2 takes. If I cannot play the song all the way through without takes when recording, I keep trying until I have it down. Ninety percent of all of my records are recorded live in the studio with 2 or less takes. At the end of the song, you will hear my say "OK ENOUGH". It was just a joke.

THE LAST CRIES - I don't remember much of the story about the direction of this song. I know I wanted to use some of Joe Satriani's phrazing in the song. Using half-steps between chordal changes. I love the sound of this song. Even to this day, this is a great tune.

NIGHT RUNNER - One day I walked into a Circuit City store and picked up a beat making software package. I went home and wrote a song. The hard part about writing this song was, this software was not intended for my style of music, so the only way to make it flow was to have a double-delay on the guitar. The guitar may sound like a lot of work, but its very little picking. The delay is doing all the work... SHHHH. Its sounds cool.

MISSING YOU - This song goes way back to my highschool days. The intro to this song was orginally on my very first CD New Faces back in 2000. Then the guitar work in the song came from another song from my highschool days. I don't remember the name of the song or what happened to it at this point. All that matters is that it turned into a very pretty jazzy tune.

DIMENSION - When I originally wrote this song, I didn't like how the recording turned out. So, I went to my buddy who had a little home studio setup. I wanted a different take on the song. In order to get the guitar to sound the way I wanted it to, we had to put the mic the amp in a hall closet. The dry sound of the closet, got the sound that we wanted. I love this song and people have stopped me mid show just to request this song.

THE HITCHHIKER - The Hitchhiker was probably the hardest song I have had to record. This song symbolizes a guy walking along the side of the road in the rain trying to get a ride. As you will hear throughout the song, its raining and cars are passing, and the sound of the rain splashing under the tires adds to the effect of the hitchhiker. So how did I get this song to work so well? I had to wait for a good rain. I took the microphone out on to the patio and at the time, I lived next to a very busy street. I had to cover the microphone so it didnt get wet, but still needed to capture the sound of the cars passing. After I got the sound of the cars and rain, then I needed to write a pretty ballad. Finding the right notes was probably the easiest part of the song. Put all of those elements to together and you get The Hitchhiker.

VROOM - So I was up late one night writing and came across this little one-note riff. It sounds like the guitar is going VROOM. When I write, I am usually recording as I am putting the songs together. This little creation was never intended to be an actual song, just more of fun. After deliberation, I thought it would make a great addition to the CD, so here you have it. Say it with me... Vroom.

BEYOND - This is an awesome song. It was performed regularly on tour before the CD was released. Before it was called Beyond, it was called Above and Beyond. I thought that was a little long, so I just kept Beyond. This song is a blast to play live. The chorus really consists of a lot of pull-offs and hammer-ons. I love this song.

JAZZIER SIDE - This was my first official Jazz tune. It was originally called Jazzier Side of Things, but when released, we ditched the "of Things". I love the groove in this song.

JOURNEYS - Life is a journey. Everything we do in our lives is a journey. What direction that journey take us depends on the decisions we make in our lives. This song, like Memories, its a tribute to our life.

FRIENDS - We all have friends. Good friends and bad friends. This song was written in tribute to all of my past, present and future friends. Take of the hand of your best friend, whether its youre wife, girlfriend or buddy and enjoy the song.


History behind the artwork.

We needed a good place to shoot the photos for the record so we went to one of most beautiful places in California. The San Francisco Bay was our choice. It was pretty close to home, so we didn't have to travel much and we knew we would get the photos we needed. We took photos all day in various places of the city but they were good enough for the back of the CD and the tray card, but not the CD cover. It was getting late so we hit the last place before leaving the city, Treasure Island. We drove all around the island but wanted a special place for the shoot. Upon leaving the island on the on-ramp to the Bay Bridge, right beyond the freeway guard rail was water. The water was black from the night sky. I think that if the sun was out, the photo wouldn't have turned out as successful as this shot. Being night and an island with little light, it was very hard to take a picture. We had no choice but to use the headlights of the truck (the truck making the skidding at the intro of the CD). That helped and we took a few shots, but they weren't bright enough on the face. We re-positioned the truck in traffic facing the guard rail and ran over for another shot. It was better, but still not good enough. We had to make a decision quick because the truck was blocking a whole lane on the on ramp. We turned the fog lights and hi-beams on for one last attempt at this picture. After two or three shots, we had the picture. With the proper lighting and the San Francisco Skyline in the background the Bridge in the distance. We jumped back in the truck and away we went. I'll never forget that day, but think of what the other motorists were thinking with a truck facing the guard rail with all its lights on and a guy standing there with a guitar getting a picture taken. Funny.



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His third cd. Jon just gets better on each release.
Jon's third cd is by far his best work, in my opinion. This one has a bit more imagination and shows his growth as a musician. Hard to believe no one else has taken the time to give Jon any reviews. Keep up the great work. 5 stars.