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Spring Break w/awigze


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bud

 Genre: Funk

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I started this song about a month ago as Brooklyn was beginning to thaw and the crocuses were appearing in the garden. I laid down a syncopated drum track and jammed out the bass groove. Lately I've been starting with bass instead of guitar. Two guitar tracks came next and then the drums were redone. I kept hearing a saxophone. That's when I enlisted the help of Andy (awigze). He graciously accepted the invitation and sent out four files that I played back simultaneously and the effect was exhilarating - but a bit overwhelming - like a battle of the Fela Kuti's. I did a mix and sent it off, whereupon Andy felt his tone was slightly flat and could be better with a new reed.
So a week or two later three new tracks arrived and I think he really nailed it. He did two rhythm tracks (one of which I doubled - with one down an octave to play as baritone) and a great flowing solo track. He sent his tracks clean and we discussed reverb and delay as a few mixes went back and forth resulting in what you're hearing now. I had great time working with Andy - he's a fine player and a wonderful human being.

Andy wrote:

I really enjoyed working with the song. It brought a great deal of
fun and pleasure into the Wigzell household for a few days. It was
really my first collaboration that has been submitted here at Macjams
that included my sax playing. I wanted to get it right - or close to
right, anyway. I am sure my persnickitiness plagued Bud to no end...
he was happy to oblige and tolerated my many delays with
understanding. Only one who works with many primadonnas can endure
this. I mean after all I am kind of new here and you know how it is
when you get to hang out with one of the cool kids. We spoke on the
phone even and I feel like I now have a friend in Brooklyn. very
encouraging.

Andy plays a Cannonball Black Nickel Stone Series Tenor Saxophone. (A lot like
Kicbal plays) About 2 years old.
I forgot to ask Andy how he recorded his sax - it sounds amazing.

I played my usual Ibanez Road Star II bass and Danelectro 59DC guitar.


Thanks to SmokeyVW for giving this a critical listen before mastering.
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Comments: 70
Fans: 32
Plays: 249
Downloads: 120

Uploaded: Apr 17, 2009 - 07:55:17 AM
Last Updated: Apr 17, 2009 - 09:01:04 AM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 03:29:05 AM
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Comments
sheilad said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Perfect timing
Spring break is exactly what I needed! Couldn't find spring in my country so I left town in search...this is a perfect way to enjoy a beautiful spring Texas Morning!!! Love the Sax too... downloaded to ipod so I may enjoy it over again...Thanks!
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bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
A download is a very fine compliment
thanks so much on behalf of Andy and myself.
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rabittwhole said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
damn....
this is right up my alley. Bud and Andy this is a brilliant piece of cool! Downloaded
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bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
We'll go up you're alley anytime
wait - that didn't sound right. Uh - Thanks.
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magnatone said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Spring Break
WOW!!! Andy DOES BLOW! What a fabulous track - thanks for the details on who it all came about - i love hearing about it. What an incredible bunch of talent going on here!
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bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Thanks Karen
I really needed to break out with a collab - and I had no idea how cool it was gonna be to work with Andy. This place is still a hoot - coming up on four years.
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lavalamp said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Normally...
...I can't stand the sax. It's my least favorite mainstream instrument. I think some solo Lennon songs were ruined because of it. Not just his stuff, either.

But HERE. It's a great fit. Andy found hid groove here. Funking good stuff, Bud.

Dig it cats.

Dave

BTW, I have loads of respect for sax players.
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bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Gee Dave -
Never thought of you as a sax offender - gotta put you on the watch list.
Sorry - really bad attempt at humor.
In the case of Mr. Lennon - the saxophone is challenging to mix with vocals because it occupies similar frequencies and tonalities.However - I love how it becomes the voice in instrumental settings.
Andy has a great voice.
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mowguy3 said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
I on the other hand
wish I could play the sax. What a groove. Mighty fine .
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bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Reall nice of you to drop by
and take the time to comment. I'd like to play the sax also.
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PrototypeEightyOne said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
yo
nice instrumentation
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bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
I really appreciate the comment
and the fact that you came by to listen. Peace.
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davisamerica said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
you knew I was gonna
do this right? of course you did :-]
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bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Uh
right Jack. Sure. ?
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awigze said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Bud
Great mix, Kevin. I am very proud to have collaborated on this great tune. It's like having the ability to go full bore on a dirt bike across a smooth dry salt flat. Plenty of space and room, but most of all plenty of savvy from a most insightful musician. It was a real pleasure and I appreciated your patience. Nice groove here. Oh ya, I use M-Audio 1814 Firewire and a Mogami V69 Tube Microphone.
What fun !!!! he heeeee....
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bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
I had a great time on the mix Andy
I just hope I did your work justice in the end. One thing for sure though is you got your sax down really well with that tube mic. Thanks for the added info - and great work.
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MarkHolbrook said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Whew!
Making me all a quiver here! Excellent!
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bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Quivering is good -
Thanks for dropping by.
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Kicbal said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Great Sounds
Really nice guitar and sax. Some cool harmony ideas. Reminded me a bit of the reverby and wandering instrumentals that the Police used to do. Also love the congas, they it really fit well. Great tones overall. Does seem like the delicious sounding clean guitar was lost a bit sometimes in the mix. Definitely got an inner city spring time vibe. Nice stuff.
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bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Nice of you to mention the congas
I wasn't sure they were necessary. I let the clean guitar come and go - though it's always there at some level except for a passage near the middle. I was considering redoing the distorted guitar - but was afraid it's get too close to the sax. Tried hard on this to spread the voices out. Thanks for the generous comments.
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Char said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Be proud!
You did more than shag girls on your Spring Break. You brought us some dynamite jazz. Bud and Andy.. a great team. Do it again. Thanks.
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bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Shagging girls - I wish
Wouldn't have stepped inside the studio if that were the case. This was the best sax I've ever had though. Hope I get to do it again.
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drakonis said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Excellent grooviness
I really love the rolling rhythm here, excellent work with drums, bass & guitar. The saxophone playing is also stellar, really fits as a tight cohesive piece. I still hear a bit of off-tuning, possibly the guitar is slightly sharp and/or sax is still slightly flat? There are only a couple of places it stood out in my ear, but most of it was super-smooth sailing... as I said, sounds like you were right there jammin' on the same page.
ttfn,
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bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
There's every chance my guitar was a bit off
I'm not a great technician and sometimes I get lost in the moment. Also - I'm so into dissonance that I think I miss slight problems of intonation. I actually really liked Andy's first pass because it was slightly off. But that's just me and my flashbacks talking.
Very nice of you to drop by Eduard - always considerate and on point.
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Roxylee said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
so coooool....
You guys rock!
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bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Thanks Roxy
This was a lot of fun to do.
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ktb said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
the head
the doubled lines are very cool, all within a very tight jam based groove. Mix is excellent. Everything captured making it as close to "live" sounding as possible. Very cool track gentlemen
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bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Andy really blew me away with his playing
I had to keep it as real as possible. I'm actually pretty happy with this mix - there are only 9 tracks going and I bounced my distorted guitar through audacity to remove amp noise. Then the GB mix went to Audacity for some boost in the mastering.
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Feter said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Spring Break
This is crazy beautiful ...cant think of anything to compare how genuine
this is ...the guitars just a blast the sax blows so painfully good ..
man this is alright !!!! ... something so authentic here ...impressive
is the word ...thnx alot for sharin such great colab !!!!!
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bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Really pleased with your enthusiastic response Feter
You are the man - and if you're happy - I'm happy.
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Andy-bm said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Yeah, Man
Keep playing that horn, Andy. That's what separates you from everyone else.

Great job on the mix/master on this. Great spacial effect. I had to listen to it several times.

//Andy
bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Nice of you to drop by
It was real privilege to work with Andy on this - glad you dig it.
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SmokeyVW said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
grooove
got a nice groove going here

thanks
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bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Thanks Bill -
and thanks for the ears the other day - just what I needed.
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kassia said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
well now
was that worth waiting all day for? absolutely! sweet sweet sounds. i love that bass line moving things along with its little bends and wends. i love what you did with the panning and placement of the different horn lines. it created very cool layers of sweet sound coming at me from all directions. excellent guitar work weaving in and out through those sax lines. my favorite part about this tune is the pacing and flow - laid back enough to feel perfectly relaxed and yet fast enough to keep things moving, keep me totally engaged and tapping my foot along with it. this is brilliant. thanks guys!
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bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
So nice of you to get so into this
Sometimes things come together better than you expected - and this is one of those times.
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richard13 said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Awigze certainly does blow
well and you let him. How cool. This is fabulous on so many levels. A really fine listen and you should both be proud. Thanks guys.
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bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Thanks Richard
I didn't know where this was going when I started - or what Andy was going to do. I love surprises.
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Ibstrat said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
This
is super cool.Just the the kind of thing I'd like to hear if I went out to a club (Which I rarely do)That's some great sax playing not to mention excellent guitar work!
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bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Try to get out to clubs more Mark
it's really good for you - soothes the soul and feeds the mind. It can also be a crap shoot - but I always learn something. Thanks for the kind comments.
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said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Andy!
Thanks for the pointer here bud.

talent on every corner of this. Ya gotta love this place!

. - Harold
bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
I had to get the word out -
I love his tone and choices. Thanks for stopping by Harold.
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LunaTrick said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
NIce ambience...
Great horn sound.... I'm in the room on this mix... very immediate and fulfilling!
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bud said 3050 days ago (April 17th, 2009)
Thanks Daniel
I think I managed to not screw this one up. Would have been a shame to do so.
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Elevator_Funk said 3050 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
Yep.
It's cool alright. If you guys played this live in a club near me, i'd show up.
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bud said 3044 days ago (April 23rd, 2009)
I'd love to do a gig with Andy
heck - Id even show up.
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Relic67 said 3049 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
nice
this funks along very nicely.
like that sax sound.
there's some nice reverby guitar in there too. all rock instrumentals need that!


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bud said 3044 days ago (April 23rd, 2009)
Thanks
I appreciate the comments and taking the time to listen.
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chronologic said 3049 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
I sometimes miss this genre
I don't get to hear a lot of it... very cool. I am one that complains incessantly about "genre". I guess a lot of music these days is mish-mash, and I for one like it that way. But anyway there are differences in sounds. I don't know what to call it though, let's say "cool rock jazz instrumental". The cool part is the most important part. Going in my collection immediately. Thanks.
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bud said 3044 days ago (April 23rd, 2009)
I know what you mean
this is not strictly a funk tune - but it's as close as I could get from the genre list.
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Mcboy said 3049 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
really nice
smooth funky jam....big ups!
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bud said 3044 days ago (April 23rd, 2009)
Thanks man -
I had a lot of fun with this. Andy is great to work with.
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Vic Holman said 3049 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
swing city
what a great bass groove for starters.

sax tracks sound great!

also dig the interplay between the sax's and guitar riffs that appeared around half way through.

Dynamite mix as well Kevin.

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bud said 3044 days ago (April 23rd, 2009)
Thanks for digging on the bass
i enjoyed playing the groove. Nice of you to stop by.
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racerat said 3049 days ago (April 18th, 2009)
never
cease to amazing my Kev. The breadth of what you come up with. I have a SF pal, an old Brooklyn pal, a new MJ-er "teebomba" who is a new sax dude. Check him out. This cut is great! I love the background on how you put it together. Great aural space, thoughtful reverb and stereo placement. D/L.--P
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apb said 3048 days ago (April 19th, 2009)
Smooth and groovy ..

.. and .. yup, that's been said already. Nice approach bud (starting with the bass and building from that), creates the foundation and character. I too am not a huge fan of sax to be honest but in this it is very, very well done and you can't knock it. Smooth, suburban and played to perfection. Cool jam guys, thanks for sharing.
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einstien said 3048 days ago (April 19th, 2009)
wonderful
team work
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Daugrin said 3047 days ago (April 20th, 2009)
Bright Break
Thanks for this knock Bud! Bravo to your partner too. I have to do better and keep up with what you are doing here. Great riff, nice sax work, can I suggest, sorry, get over the reverb, these tails make your work sound "lazy". I mean a tight wag of the tail, especially in this context works better to my ear. (Don't hurt me.)

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egobandit said 3047 days ago (April 20th, 2009)
Arrangement bliss
Flowing from one note to another from guitar to sax and back again all the while the bass id leading the toes to a tapping frenzy that makes the hips move up on out of the chair. Cool drum break an MJ Gem for sure! BTW the horn is outstanding! great collab!
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Andy-bm said 3046 days ago (April 22nd, 2009)
WOW ! !
This is first rate! Great groove and production, but I am a sucker for that Sax, man.
lengold said 3045 days ago (April 22nd, 2009)
Blimey
That was a big surprise. Love this style of funky groove, my favourite sort of live music. Drums and bass groove is superb and I love that sax. Congratulations both. Downloaded. Thanks.
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thoddi said 3044 days ago (April 24th, 2009)
Great groove
This one got me tapping my feet and nodding my head:) Proof of a good groove!
Would be a great live act this one. Dig it when you double the sax on guitar. Super performance from both sides. Never showing off, just cool and groovy and you're keeping the spark alive.
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TERRAPLANE said 3043 days ago (April 24th, 2009)
Cooool
My first impression is > was this recorded a Electric Ladyland < awesome mix & playing !! thanks for the DL,, T
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yrp said 3043 days ago (April 24th, 2009)
hummmmmmm
tasty funk.Very smooth and well played and composed.
I liked!I downloaded.
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paul f. page said 3041 days ago (April 26th, 2009)
What cool...
...sax playing. What a blessing for you,Bud,to have a live musician to work with in a collab situation. The results of your work together are just stunning. There is so much life in the mixed rhythms that fly against your basic track. This is just wonderful, pleasant to listen to, nicely mixed (though it somehow seems a little "distant" to my ears)...All in all, a number that grooves with elements of unabashed improv and the intelligence and musical sense to never let it actually "get away." Nice...Nice...Nice...
Peace.
Paul
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jiguma said 3034 days ago (May 4th, 2009)
Very cool!
I like everything about this. Just extremely cool playing and thinking.
Lovely sax in particular Andy. But it's all very good.
Love it!
N
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Schello said 3020 days ago (May 17th, 2009)
yup
its special Sax and fresestyle drum, awwww
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rsorensen said 3007 days ago (May 30th, 2009)
wowzers
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Ren-Tin-10 said 2754 days ago (February 7th, 2010)
Thanks, Andy...
...for pointing this one out to me. Cool stuff!

Cheers,
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Born in Philly and living in Brooklyn, NY. My home studio work predates digital and my gigging experience was mostly in the early eighties. Lately I play out from time to time with Airport Seven and try to keep up with what's going on around here. Th... [see more]

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