1950s-ish jazz classic songs

MegiMegi Posts: 6,774Member
edited August 2016 in Community Member Performances
Hi everyone - having been on this forum a fair while now, I thought it was perhaps overdue that I take the plunge and expose some of my playing to the public! So I've just set up a soundcloud account for "Vintage Cool" which is a duo I have with the lovely Beryl, who sings and plays bass. We like to do 1950s-ish jazz or jazzy kind of classic songs especially, but also other things that seem to work with our general style. Anyway, these are just 5 fairly laid-back songs we recorded some time ago, done just live (in Beryl's front room!) and simply with everything going through a PA amp - no mixing or anything lol, so not very expertly done really, but to my ears it still sounds OK. We do hope to get some songs for a CD recorded more professionally in the near future, but please have a listen if you're in the mood, cheers!

https://soundcloud.com/vintage-cool/sets/classic-jazz-songs

Comments

  • lancpudnlancpudn Posts: 1,393Member
    Hey great to see you posted up some performances Megi, They're very good, love the laid back style of your playing (which guitar did you use!) and Beryl has an absolute fabulous voice. Big thumbs up from me.
  • MegiMegi Posts: 6,774Member
    Originally Posted By: lancpudn
    Hey great to see you posted up some performances Megi, They're very good, love the laid back style of your playing (which guitar did you use!) and Beryl has an absolute fabulous voice. Big thumbs up from me.
    Thank you lancpudn, very kind of you. I'm not always quite that laid back, although I'll never be much of a rocker probably. I was using my archtop Ibanez Joe Pass model there - it just has a warm, woody kind of sound which seems very suitable for working with a vocalist in a jazz vein. And it always sounds good plugged in through Beryl's Peavey PA amp for some reason, which is what you can hear on those tracks - so much for specialist boutique guitar amps I suppose! grin That said, I do usually use a Polytone Minibrute jazz guitar amp, which does sound very good imo.
  • Mark PMark P Posts: 2,214Member
    Ahh - this is what happens looking through posts from newest to oldest. I've posted on your Jazz Odyssey thread about this.

    Only had the chance to listen briefly so far but damn good playing and singing is what I hear so far. Thumbs up from me too. Warm tones from guitar and vocals. cool

    Ooops ... must sign off or I'll be late. Back to listen to more later.
  • JockoJocko Posts: 6,870Member, Moderator
    Absolutely marvellous. Very professional. Beryl is a superb singer and her bass playing really complements your guitar style.
  • MegiMegi Posts: 6,774Member
    Many thanks chaps - Beryl is great isn't she? I feel very lucky to be able to work with her, even if I'm having an off-day, it still sounds good just because her singing is so strong. I have to agree about her bass playing too - it just seems to fit very well. smile
  • LotusLotus Posts: 332Member
    I'm not a jazz fan but I sure can appreciate quality musicians !!!
    Well done Megi and pass on the praise to Beryl ......... she sure does have a sexy seductive voice laugh

    Graham
  • MegiMegi Posts: 6,774Member
    Originally Posted By: Lotus
    I'm not a jazz fan but I sure can appreciate quality musicians !!!
    Well done Megi and pass on the praise to Beryl ......... she sure does have a sexy seductive voice laugh

    Graham
    "Quality musicians" - I like that! Thanks for having a listen Graham, I will certainly pass on your compliments to Beryl, cheers smile
  • LesterLester Posts: 1,513Member, Moderator
    I don't know whether I missed these at the time or I just have a short memory. These are great, Megi, given the recording conditions and equipment.

    I remember talking with you when you were looking for a local studio to get these songs recorded. Did you ever go to a studio? Did you get yourselves CDs cut to sell at gigs? I'd buy one! Indeed, are you still gigging with Beryl?
  • MegiMegi Posts: 6,774Member
    edited September 2016
    Thank you Lester, very kind of you - can't go wrong with a singer like Beryl really. We never did get to a recording studio - I'm afraid it was a combination of cost, and also doubts about the set up and capability of the local studios. I sensed there would be a bit of an "in and out, rush them through" kind of situation, and perhaps not the most sympathetic musical approach.

    We did record a couple more numbers with the help of a friend of Beryl's, who had put together a bit of a home studio. I must try and find those tracks (they used to be posted as sound clips on the old forum). They came out pretty well, but I have to say in my opinion there is still a certain something about the sound on those 5 tracks we recorded in Beryl's living room. Amazing really, because as I recall it was just both of us going through Beryl's Peavey PA amp and somehow into a minidisc recorder.

    Just listening to those tracks again now - there are things I would change about my guitar playing, and that I do better now with the benefit of more time and practice playing this kind of music. But I'm still pleasantly surprised really, and I usually hate hearing myself play... :D We really must try the recording thing again though, and thank you for the encouragement. The duo is still on the go, and we currently have a regular gig playing lunch times and evenings for meals at a village pub/restaurant. We went though a long period when we couldn't find a gig, so it's nice that we kept it going and got there in the end.
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