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Thanks to McBoy for adding fabulous guitar moments and getting into the spirit of the whole Woodstock After Party scene. Originally, his guitar work was supposed to lend the track a special vibe that I thought it was missing, but he, of course, added even more personality than I imagined. I hope I've integrated the guitar to his liking. His file arrived set to some other BPM and I had to redo the entire timing thing, which took about 4 hours. Some of it I just redid from ear, and I copy and pasted a few licks to fill out spaces, especially in the build up ending. (That was all done in LIVE, by the way, my favorite program for changing timing and stretching samples.)

Thanks also to Alan Fraser who came up with the Peter Sellers running around in a Nehru Jacket comment that inspired a new title. (The seven buttons refers to the time signature.)

And thanks to Feter, without whom this track would never have existed. Neither would its antecedent:

Sitcom Psychedelica (Woodstock after-party) and McBoy's quick guitar overdub (which he's deleted, sadly).

The image is Peter Sellers playing the ukekele on the track 'New York Girls' somewhere long ago...

RAIN BATHER draft mixes on MJ:
I Wanna Fly
Lightning Strikes
Caught In The Current (feat. Bill Barner/Komdrade K)
Finding No Path
Seven Buttons On A Nehru Jacket
Acid Hopping (extended version)
Last Song On Vaudeville (feat. Bill Barner)

If you would like to purchase a copy of the CD, which is pressed on a cool disc that looks like a mini-LP, feel free to contact me, or see:
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Uploaded: Apr 22, 2008 - 01:35:24 PM
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Hardware:
B3, Fender, synth: Tobin
Flute: Sal Giorgianni
Guitar: McBoy
Software:
Recorded in Logic
Guitar tracks laid in and re-timed in Live
Mastered in Peak
Comments
thoddi said 3407 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
cool
Cool, sums this up pretty good:)

The synth things is loaded with energy. And the timing of them is right on! Never predictable - pure sexy.

The flute has its own agenda and it's a brilliant one. I think I recognize the style its played from some of your earlier songs. Again great timing, and a pleasant listen.

McBoy never disappoints. He must be the most versatile guitarist I know of. Man, what a great musician!

All in all - COOL!
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Moviz said 3407 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
Great Title
and great jazzy funky sounds too. wonderful quality sound and a great collab, regards M
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abstractreality said 3407 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
Awesome!
This has certainly developed since its first mix. You don't hear a lot of 7/8 songs, especially ones this good!
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abstractreality said 3407 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
Hey...
What's Nehru, by the way?
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TobinMueller said 3406 days ago (April 23rd, 2008)
Nehru Jacket
The Nehru jacket is a hip-length tailored coat with a stand-up or "mandarin" collar, worn most notably by Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India from 1947 to 1964. It began to be marketed as the Nehru jacket in the West in the mid-1960s; it was briefly popular there in the late 1960s and early 1970s, its popularity spurred by growing awareness of foreign cultures, by the minimalism of the Mod lifestyle, and, in particular, by the Monkees and the Beatles, who popularized the garment, and a frequent costume worn by james Bond villains. Thus, it has a era-specific feel.
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paul f. page said 3407 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
There's always...
...so much going on in your music. Certainly gives the listener a lot to listen to. I am wondering around every corner what I will find next and am always surprised by what I hear. Nice mix. (I hate to be critical, but your flute seems a little under pitch ... and it's not just jazz.) ...
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TobinMueller said 3406 days ago (April 23rd, 2008)
Not just jazz
Few of my tracks fit nicely into a single genre, since my own playing and interests don't either. Its been a bane of my career, wanting to hop genres when many audiences don't really want that. I had the first version of this listed under NUJazz, since the nature of the groove fits better into that, altho the drumming is nearly funk (as is my Fender). The flute is almost Jethro Tullish, almost avant-garde Chicago II, and my organ playing isn't jazz in many places. There are hints of pop/sitcom soundtrack, too. But I like the main genres best for searching out music, so I picked Jazz for this one.

You have no idea how many times I listened to the flute (and, yes, we thought we tuned before recording) and never noticed the slight below pitch nature. I think he was blowing so hard, it did that, like an R&B singer growling just below the pitch). I think it reaches correct tuning enough, at the ends of notes or when he's not overblowing, that it sits ok (even tho I will always hear it now, dang!) I was (and am) sufficiently distracted by how cool his soloing is that I never noticed. Good ear.
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paul f. page said 3406 days ago (April 23rd, 2008)
Performance notes...
Tobin, You are such a wonderful musician and so eclectic in your tastes and your expertise. Hey, sorry if I've forever polluted your hearing on this number. I know exactly what you mean, though: the excitement of the performance overshadows the minor defects and ultimately wins out. I find that to be true with your piece, too. The ultimate result is awesome and, maybe, the tuning gives it more authenticity. ... On every single thing I record, I mainly notice the problems and, oddly--or not, always remember precisely what I was doing when I created them and also note my incompetence in fixing them. No one else ever seems to notice (except my wife who is a nitpicker about such things)... So, like Nick says at the end of "Gatsby," ... "And so we beat on..." Keep 'em coming.
Peace.
Paul
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Warren Smith said 3407 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
more is merrier
Hmm - my Nehru jacket only has six buttons. I wonder if it's a knock-off?

I will take your word for it that something seemed missing from the soundtrack, because it seems quite sculpturally-filled to me. But in an after-hours jam I guess more is always merrier.

It's amazing how this Macjams Woodstock idea keeps developing in unexpected ways.
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TobinMueller said 3406 days ago (April 23rd, 2008)
The extra button
Right, mine has six, too. (Nice catch.) The seventh was in reference to the meter. Or maybe the one sewn on the inside in case I lose one of the visible ones...

I missed guitar not becuz the arrangement wasn't full, but becuz I wanted the visual of a guitar guy on stage jamming with us. Giant funk jams were just starting to become the Next Big Thing...
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Feter said 3406 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
Seven Buttons On A Nehru Jacket
fisrt of all I never enjoyed keys like these ..
the flute is something remarkable ..McBoy guitar
is a timless signature here a true wizard ..
there s those spots when you let the keys sounds
like wah wah how on earth you did that ??
I think its master piece and all the thanks for
sharin it ..so glad that a thing like woodstockMJ
brought such gem !!
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rsorensen said 3406 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
sounds amazing
wow this is pro. what a great mix. great performances all around too. I LOVE the flute. and yeah - great title.
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cchaplin said 3406 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
Yeah,
Zakatoo !
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LunaTrick said 3406 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
Nothin' better...
...than a dirty groove and a manic flautist. Interesting changes and textural treatments. Fantastic job!
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Youra said 3406 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
Brilliant !
4'42" of pure joy. Love the elegant flute, the inventivity of the guitar play and the great camel swing. Bravo.
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guitapick said 3406 days ago (April 22nd, 2008)
Funky '60s...
...flute's a nice touch. Sounds great, guys!
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thetiler said 3406 days ago (April 23rd, 2008)
Not only is the music fun
but really enjoyed your descriptions in post with some of the macjammers you replied to! Terrific on both counts.
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perceptualvortex said 3406 days ago (April 23rd, 2008)
Excellent
I love that 7 groove. All the instruments are great, but I was really digging the crazy keys, the guitar and especially the flute. Great work, guys!
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damiengh said 3406 days ago (April 23rd, 2008)
nice mix
Certainly alot of flavors here hitting on all those good sounds of that early 70's jazz/ psychedlia stuff.
Definitely heard that Hancock influence and that flute sound remeniscent of Jeremy Steig, Herbie Mann, Yusef Lateef and even Rahsaan Roland Kirk

You only forgot one thing, the mini-skirted, bird caged dancing girls with the patin leather thigh-high boots and big bubble hats.
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said 3406 days ago (April 23rd, 2008)
One of...
the coolest instrumental tracks I have listened to here at MJ... or any where. Love that flute. Nothing I like better than improv on a woodwind... this reminds me a little of a Stevie Winwood influence. Organ, guitar, percussion... it all rocks, coolly so. I especially enjoyed the disonance build up that leads into another section.

cheers and bows to the band.
said 3406 days ago (April 23rd, 2008)
Wonderful...
That flute still slays me Tobin. I liked everything about this tune from the first time I heard the original. But the flute sounds like "This Was" era Ian Anderson. Truly a period piece.

Of course, McBoy's guitar work is always super.

The mix is amazing. So much depth and definition.

Love it!

Be well friend!
drakonis said 3406 days ago (April 23rd, 2008)
woowah...
I love the funky woo-wah sound on the intro guitar, and your sparkly keyboard work on the organ is great fun. And man, I love Sal's flute work. What a wild party of stars here, makes my head spin, I see melting blobs projected onto the walls, and somebody's dancing behind the bead curtains... what a flashback! Love it! Are you sure this wasn't the theme music for "The Party" (Peter Sellers)?

ttfn,
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perceptualvortex said 3405 days ago (April 24th, 2008)
The Party
Funny, I was reminded of that movie too!
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said 3406 days ago (April 23rd, 2008)
Just remembered...
the Traffic song that I thought of hile listening to the wonderful flute in this song of yours... "Freedom Rider" from the John Barleycorn album, my favorite Traffic album.

cheers
tokai said 3406 days ago (April 23rd, 2008)
Amazing
everything¡ kool sounds, really well mixed. YOU have a great jam song. Top.
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jiguma said 3405 days ago (April 24th, 2008)
Was I right? :)
"Mcboy on guitars here might be the only way a guit will fit."

Seems to me like it fit the bill nicely Tobin - trés cool!

I still like the organ best - that overdriven Stevie Winwood sound is ..... "music to my ears"!

Cheers,
Neil
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TobinMueller said 3405 days ago (April 24th, 2008)
Winwood
I just saw Winwood in concert (with Clapton!) His solo rendition (organ and voice) of Georgia On My Mind was my favorite thing of the whole wonderful night.
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aclarke said 3405 days ago (April 24th, 2008)
Very cool
Hard to believe that Mcboy's guitar playing could be overshadowed but Sal's flute playing is remarkable.

Tobin, this is one of the neatest things I've heard you post. Really impressed how you took a back seat (in a way) to emphasize the contributions of Mcboy and Sal. Outstanding!
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steck said 3405 days ago (April 24th, 2008)
What a mix
Eclectic work Tobin. Very top drawer.
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DWL said 3405 days ago (April 24th, 2008)
Another level.....
That flute is so 60s man.

Stay cool.

Cheers

Dick
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chipan said 3405 days ago (April 24th, 2008)
So much
going on in this piece, but it all comes together so nicely. Great groove!

chip
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michael2 said 3405 days ago (April 24th, 2008)
tobin
this is one of my fave Tobin songs, and i love that it's even wilder than the last version. i can't even wrap my head around this one, you guys are so greasy and funky. you could have been opening for Sun Ra, excellent.
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Ed Hannifin said 3404 days ago (April 24th, 2008)
Now to make the movie....
...for this to be the soundtrack of...

Thoddi's right. Cool's the word. Wonderful Sixties funk groove. Enough intensity and non-perfection to not get into self-parody or Herbie Mann parody land... Ends up genuinely uplifting to the spirits...

Ed



timothy devine said 3404 days ago (April 24th, 2008)
Love the groove
the intro with the organ building over the funky guitar digs. Way cool. Organ playing is outstanding.
Love where you put the flute in the mix. Right up front and clean man, very clean. Sounds real.??
The whole thing rocks, Really rocks!
You got my attention with all the out there rhythm section stuff and outragious flute. I almost forgot mcboy was to add something more.
Trading off with the flute, HOT, real F#@l*&G hot.
Great playing guys.
Outstanding!


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Mystified said 3404 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
Time warp...
Whoa...this is quite the trip!

Harvest gold and avocado Tupperware, lava lamps, bead curtains, crushed velvet sofas...

Yeah, this is the real deal. Loads o' talent, here!

Thanks for sharing :)
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TobinMueller said 3403 days ago (April 26th, 2008)
lava lamps
We have a lava lamp in our bedroom! And avocado Tupperware in the cupboard...
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woofer3 said 3404 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
this is a -
Blow by blow or maybe a pot pourri. very nice.

John
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said 3404 days ago (April 25th, 2008)
Very Nice!
This is a very nice piece Mr. Tobin. I'm not an expert with Jazz but I really enjoyed this piece... The flute sounds great. You seem that you had a lot of fun with Mcboy. Nicely done!

Take Care
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baki said 3403 days ago (April 26th, 2008)
this is
return to forever plus ian anderson. fun fun fun
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Elevator_Funk said 3401 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
Holy Smokes!
This was right up my alley!! Forget Woodstock.... I've been to a few concerts that sounded like that in this decade. (I immediately thought of Medeski, Martin & Wood jamming with Karl Denson on flute with John Scofield on Guitar)

Speaking of the flute player, is he a member? I've been here about 3 months so I don't know who everyone is yet, but I dig his style and I'd like to hear more.

I could stand to hear more like this. I hope I can progress well enough in the next year to be able to pull of something this awesome.

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TobinMueller said 3401 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
Medeski, Martin & Wood
MMW are mindblowing. If I could only be that hip! Thanks for the comment. I am looking into doing a few more like this, since it turned out so well. Check out Lightning Strikes and I Wanna Fly, too. But I am definitely looking into recording a few more like this. Thanks.
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dajama said 3401 days ago (April 27th, 2008)
Very impressive track
You have created a track that just radiates energy and style. Love the flute and the percussion. Those drums are kicking! Guitar sounds great, too. A very cool piece of music. Nicely done to everybody involved. Peace.
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composerclark said 3401 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
Manic energy
I like music that pushes boundaries, and isn't afraid to go a little 'out there' at times. This is definitely happening here; you start us off with a funky 3 4 groove, and things unfold in a kind of safe, orderly way for a while, but then it takes some unexpected turns along the way, particularly when the flute solo comes in, and the organ takes things right into the deep end with its clusters and percussive sound effects. The guitar solo is very good, as is always the case with McB, but I would love to have heard it go a little manic too, in keeping with the mood of the piece.
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composerclark said 3401 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
3 PLUS 4
I wrote "3 PLUS 4" above, except I used the plus sign instead of the word 'plus,' but the plus symbol didn't show up, so now it looks like I'm saying it's in 3/4 time, which of course it isn't!
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TobinMueller said 3400 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
3+4=7
Right. I got that. Altho I usually reserve arithmetic to when its 3/4 + 6/8 or something like that. thanks for the comments. I'm looking forward to doing more like this...
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Jarvoid said 3401 days ago (April 28th, 2008)
Jazz Club ...cooool
and the picture is Peter Sellers with Steel-Eye Span,
the album was Commoners Crown and the year ...was 75/76ish....bloody hell...anyway this is a great track here,blistering flute, it's kind of Jazz Rock ,well to me it is but what do I know? I know what I like....

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ktb said 3400 days ago (April 29th, 2008)
avant-garde Chicago II
thats what I heard and loved about this. The flute rocks. Normally i have trouble following the pocket on off time stuff, but this just grabbed me and held on the length. wild ass keys, and electronics break it up nicely.
Some initial clipping in the rythym bed, but that quickly seemed to dissapate. Could have been my crap speakers as well :-)
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Robert Rayner said 3400 days ago (April 29th, 2008)
Great
Love the flute here. superb sound.
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racerat said 3399 days ago (April 30th, 2008)
memories
As a budding artist in the 60's and early 70's I sported a Nehru jacket now and again, as well as the occasional nehru shirt and neck scarf with brass ring combination. I can just see my Hendrix black lite poster all a glow in my pachouli incense filled room, my little pot sprouts hidden discretely in the corner of my terrarium far from my parents eyes. Just groovin'. Nice Collab guys.
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VicDiesel said 3396 days ago (May 3rd, 2008)
Riffing on the panther
Ok, so initially I was thinking that with all the riffs I could use a couple of long Coltrane lines, and then that flute comes in. That's some nifty soloing. Kudos.
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that80sboy said 3392 days ago (May 6th, 2008)
funky stuff!
aaaahh..take me back!....diggin this!
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said 3390 days ago (May 8th, 2008)
personally,
i would love to hear more of this style from you. you excell at this jazz fusion genre. many kudos. the production is so good, it is evnvious. on a personal note, all forum posts aside, you are a great musicain, and i have nothing but respect for your craft. a fine song.
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BossHook said 3385 days ago (May 13th, 2008)
Traffic Returns!
Love the time signature and mix here - really gave me a Winwood/Capaldi feel. Great playing and space in the tune to let the groove ride.
TobinMueller said 2736 days ago (February 22nd, 2010)
Winwood/Capaldi
I always loved the funky feel Winwood brought to whatever he did. I saw Winwood & Clapton in concert and my personal fave moment was Winwood doing a solo on the B3, playing an old R&B standard with such energy and funky attitude, just blew me away. Thanks for bring those Winwood memories back!
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gregd said 3326 days ago (July 12th, 2008)
Fantastic sound
This is awesome boogaloo, Tobin. You did an amazing job mastering the track too. Just fantastic all the way around, and I agree with CC that it would be interesting to hear things unravel a little more somewhere in the tune. However, it's tight the way it is.

Nice, nice, nice,
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mfwmiles said 3129 days ago (January 24th, 2009)
slammin good fun
this is a rock jam in the old fashioned WAR sense...especially with that flute. great fun
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Reisinger said 2958 days ago (July 14th, 2009)
ooooo
i like the miniscule delay on the drums.. it adds.... something... definitely works though and adds to everyone in an awesome way
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