I’ve been having fun playing funky jazz and improvisational takes on tunes with Level 100…here’s our take on the Super Mario Brothers theme.
Dead Covers Project
James and the Kyusonics made a couple of videos for the 2023 Dead Covers Project. Here’s our funky take on “West L.A. Fadeaway” and a cooking “Bertha”
“Twelve String Acoustic Guitar Music” Now Available On All Streaming Services
I’m very happy to say that my new album, “Twelve String Acoustic Guitar Music” is now available on all streaming services. I hope you’ll check it out! You can find links here
Twelve String Acoustic Guitar Music
I’m happy to share an album of new, solo twelve-string acoustic guitar compositions that I’ve been working on over the past year. Here’s “Twelve String Acoustic Guitar Music”…written, performed, recorded, mixed, mastered and mastered by me. I hope you’ll have a listen.
“The Cape Verdean Blues”
I’ve been having fun learning this cool Horace Silver tune, but then again, aren’t all Horace Silver tunes cool?
I’ve been putting this studio together over the past year and am now at the point where I’m able to start exploring its sonic character…working on a new tune called “The Creek” recorded through a pair of AKG c414s in a mid-side configuration.
Viral Dissector Improvisation 02.04.2022
Finally getting my new studio space together. Here’s a synth, drum machine and bass improvisation.
“Choosing Joy” – Western Carolina University CMAP Faculty
2020 – 2021 has been a year of new and exciting ways to make music, collaborating over distances. The WCU CMAP faculty have been working on a few and we’re excited to share the first with you. Here’s a composition by CMAP Voice Instructor Wendy Jones – “Choosing Joy”.
This performance features several Western Carolina University School of Music CMAP faculty:
Wendy Jones, vocals – CMAP Voice Instructor
Micah Thomas, drums – CMAP Percussion Instructor
Jim Elenteny, bass – Recording Engineer, CMAP Program Coordinator
Chris Beyt, guitar – Assistant Professor of Jazz Guitar and Recording Arts
Pavel Wlosok, piano – Professor of Jazz
I’ve been working on this tune, off and on, for twenty years. Seemed like a good time to document my progress. Hopefully I’ll have it right where I want it in another twenty years. It blew me away when I first heard it…the energy and joy…and the fact that it was only one person playing. I suppose it was appropriate that I busted a string practicing it the morning that I filmed this, this guitar is in drastic need of new strings anyway so the intonation is a little questionable. I think Leo used finger picks on the original recording then ditched them soon after. I never could stand them. I’d be shocked if this was anywhere near the actual arrangement as originally recorded, but here’s Leo Kottke’s “Busted Bicycle”.
I’ve been creating a series of improvisations using Ableton Live as a method to further develop my experience and techniques creating music using that software. You can check all of them out in this youtube playlist
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