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Weather or Not? by Jim Bouchard w/awigze


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I first got a message from Jim Bouchard in June of '09 asking if I would add sax on a song he was working on saying, "It's just a doodle right now, but I was sort of thinking of a Weather Report "Black Market" era sort of thing and this is the closest I could get." We worked on it off and on for a couple of months and it was uploaded around October or November of that year. Jim has recently 'retired' from Macjams for a while but I asked him if it would be ok to post it on my site. He graciously say yes. There is also a version of this on Boundless' site http://www.macjams.com/artist/Boundless

Jim said this about this song as well, "The ambience in the background was from an old recording I did of my son Maurice who was probably 8 or 9 at the time was playing checkers with my dear departed father-in-law Arthur S. Tamkin, Ph.d They really enjoyed playing games and checkers was one of them. I captured this audio with a Sony minidisk and a little stereo mic, and this is one of the few audio recordings I have of my father-in-law, who was a brilliant man and a great story teller who died sort of suddenly a couple years ago.

regards,
Jim

Jim recorded, bass, mandolin, keyboard, wrote and produced.
My contribution to this song was, Sax, turtle shell, Dumbek, Ashica, hands

Many thanks to Jim.
Enjoy

Andy

(photo taken from cellphone from train, Downtown Dallas))
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Uploaded: Jul 31, 2010 - 01:05:50 PM
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2010 - 01:05:50 PM Last Played: Jun 05, 2017 - 02:57:33 PM
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kassia said 2576 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
FIRSTIES!
again oh yeah baby
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kassia said 2576 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
ah yes
i remember this. i love the mando in there - it works really well with the sax. the background atmosphere is totally cool and really makes the song I think. awesome work guys.
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awigze said 2575 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Yay
Firsties.... always!
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alackbass said 2576 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Weather or Not?
Yeah man! Definitely hearing the Black Market era influence. Weather Report was actually my introduction to jazz. Although it wasn't until I heard actual jazz (Miles, Coltrane, Bird, etc) that I realized Weather Report was this amazing hybrid of jazz and several world music styles. You guys did a great job capturing that vibe.
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awigze said 2575 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Andrew
thanks for the listen and tell ya the truth - never get used to seeing names as those Jazz greats anywhere near my music... hit record and play.
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magnatone said 2576 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Weather
oh man - this is just FABULOUS!!! i want MORE from the 2 of you!!! lordy - this is GREAT!
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awigze said 2575 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Karen
If you can get Jim to come out of MJ retirement, I am willing. So happy you dropped in and listened. Thanks for taking the time to comment.
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Social_Ice said 2576 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
whether or knot.....
....easy listening and ambiently fused together... nice collab. Enjoyed listening...~barbara
awigze said 2575 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
social ice
neat play on words,,, glad you dropped in. Jim's tune is inspired.
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drakonis said 2576 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
scattered clouds and sunshine
Wow Jim, love the meandering chords, they seem to wander with purpose. Parts of this, here and there, drift into Guaraldi's Charlie Brown world, taking me back to childhood, and the jazzy chord and bass work in general has a bit of a Bela Fleck influence, no? Lovely work, exquisite performance and recording, glad I found it.
ttfn,
Drakonis
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awigze said 2575 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Eduard
Jim's music has always been 'away up that' in my mind. I am really glad he nudged me on this one!
thanks for the listen... and I see you have a new one too.
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spitlogic said 2576 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
That is nice
Great set you've got going here. Nice work.
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awigze said 2575 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Mitchell
pretty cool huh, Jim hit this one out of the park, I just hitched a ride.
thanks for the comment!

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rok41 said 2576 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
This is
Delicious....very well produced and done on both accounts...this is pro stuff here! This is weird, but it reminds a bit of Weather Report meets the Grateful Dead...the ambience is fantastic.
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awigze said 2575 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Chris
thanks for the listen and the very cool compliment. WR and GD.... hmmmm, I kinda hear that...
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jdholliday said 2575 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
This is
AWESOME!
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awigze said 2575 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
JD
Thanks, kind sir. Jim's music is inspired. He may be back. At least I am lobbying for it. hint hint, nudge nudge
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lilmom said 2575 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Weather......
What a treasure this is! The combination of instruments/sounds is nothing short of amazing. REAL jazz by REAL people!
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awigze said 2575 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
lilmom
I really enjoyed recording this with Jim. I am happy you got to hear this and your words mean more than you know.
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ktb said 2575 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
Weather or Not?
to me it captures that jam feel nicely, with some tasty jazz chords framing that swcheet sounding sax. i always enjoy audio snippets of ambient human sounds. Adds a wonderful element to any recording. Nicely situated here.

thats one cool cellphone pic!
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awigze said 2575 days ago (July 31st, 2010)
ktb
Jam feel... ya, when I got the file from JB, there was this canyon of air below these wings. A true sign of a great musician and a fine collaborator! Thanks for the comment
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ramonaji said 2575 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Wonderful piece!
So goooooood!
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awigze said 2574 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
it's Romana
Hi, glad you dropped by
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Reinholt56 said 2575 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Hi Andy.......
You both did a great job with this track.

Excellent vibe and very evocative of WR, as was the intent.

Take care.

Paul
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awigze said 2574 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Reinholt56
Thanks Paul. We had kind of talked about doing a Weather Report -ish song before and I did not know what to expect. When Jim sent this to me, I was, OH YEAH! What an amazing piece and an equally amazig musician.
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Hickling_Stan said 2575 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Lovely Piece
Perfect for a sunday morning and a real "weather Report" feel but still with plenty of originality. Great playing all round. Excellent. mark
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awigze said 2574 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Mark
We kind of did and kind of didnt want it to be Weather Report. When Jim sent this to me I was amazed how he kind of did and kind of didn't.
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ShadowofNine said 2575 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Awesome
Awesome...awesome....
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awigze said 2574 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
SO9
thank you
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dave_b said 2575 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Weather or Not
Smooth & chilled, and the ambient noise provides a live feel. Excellent performances, great song.
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awigze said 2574 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Dave
Jim's tune came in hot and inspired. It really didnt need sax, so I am glad that he let me tag along.
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Moviz said 2575 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Wonderful
atmospherics here Andy and a great ground for that fantastic sax.... love the percussion, mix....... and the mandolin was a nice surprise too, regards M
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awigze said 2574 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Moviz
hey, what's up? Thanks for your kind words. Jim was accused of playing the guitar on the first time this was posted on his site. It became sort of a side joke. People would say, oh ya, and love that guitar!
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RAVENS said 2575 days ago (August 1st, 2010)
Terrific
I don't think I'm familiar with Jim's music. So I'm glad you posted this. Wonderful sax playing along with all the other lovely played instruments. Great stuff!

RAVEN ;-)
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awigze said 2574 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Raven
Caution; music causes friendships. I believe Jim to be a friend of mine and always liked seeing his comments and hearing his music. Maybe he'll return. But if not, I still consider him to be a friend. I ran into him early on right after I joined Macjams. We had first 'met' on the forums and exchanged some differing opinions on a subject that I don't even recall. I thought, 'who is this guy' and checked out his music. It was then that I realized that we had more in common than we had diiferences. Thank God for that!
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Symphony101 said 2574 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
A great collab
Such times I regret people retiring from MJ :-) Andy, you both made a GREAT performance here, a GREAT piece of music ! There are a few multi-instrumentalists around here that leave me amazed, you are one of them. This was a very pleasant listen Andy, thank you so much.
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awigze said 2574 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Yves
Thanks! Your words mean more than you know. Maybe Jim will return. His profile is still up so I just think he is catching up with life.
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2574 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
very very good collaboration.
clearly all involved have given something very unique but fitting to the overall effort. very good spacing of instruments. great atmosphere. cheers
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awigze said 2574 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Ciasm
This is one of my favorite collaborations. The only time I could hear it was on my ipod... which is ok, but his style and artistic talent ought to be heard so I asked Jim if it would be ok to re-post. I am glad he said yes.
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Cheeto said 2574 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Great Song...
Love the feel of this song! Simply put...AWESOME!!
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awigze said 2574 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Cheeto
You should hear this in an auditorium with the power amps pulled up... oh yaaaaa....
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Roxylee said 2574 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Much enjoyed
The story behind it and the sound effects add a lot of charm to this. Andy, your sax always makes a song more colorful. Even without it, this song is a feast for the ears.
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awigze said 2574 days ago (August 2nd, 2010)
Roxylee
Thanks! I agree, Thats why I was glad to be asked to climb aboard this most cool tune!
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Skean said 2573 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
Andy
I love that sax, and Jim's music is trippy good too.
Great collab guys.
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awigze said 2572 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
SKean
Trippy... it's the word of the day!
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RochaMalhada said 2572 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
really nice!
I'm getting so original with my comments.

This has a feel of expectation and pause to wait... like the weather is eminent, let's just jam.

. - Harold
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awigze said 2572 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
really Harold
I agree, when and where????
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Char said 2572 days ago (August 3rd, 2010)
I remember
hearing this mellow, saxy, jazzy thing. Glad you re-posted. Breezy, with a hint of a light rain. Good chance that it will get dark tonight followed by sunshine, come morning. :)
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awigze said 2571 days ago (August 5th, 2010)
Char
Thanks for the re-listen and the re-comment. Like your description. I think Jim would too.
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billykirsch said 2570 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
All so good
Weather you guys did or didn't this is way too cool.
I must say those little percussive sounds like drops in the background are just awesome.

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lengold said 2570 days ago (August 6th, 2010)
So wonderful
to hear this again - just superb. I would have downloaded, but have it still from the first time round.
Wonderful playing Andy and a great accompaniment and mix.
Cheers
Len

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damiengh said 2569 days ago (August 7th, 2010)
nice meandering
This must have been fun for you, I know it would have for me.
Ah WR, a big part of our lives, got to see them twice in my youth.
Only thing I would have added would be Jack(DavisAmerica), in his dreads, taking over Airto's place on some of the percussive sounds.
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ste said 2563 days ago (August 12th, 2010)
all
instruments and backing are excellent here. top mix. much enjoyed with a glass of afternoon vino
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Gaylen75 said 2559 days ago (August 16th, 2010)
Sweet
Great job.
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Carrie71 said 2559 days ago (August 17th, 2010)
Love good sax!
;-) I love the sound of a great sax player and man you can play. You are incredible!
Angela_Hope said 2559 days ago (August 17th, 2010)
Ya'll do it! DO IT!!!
Oh yeah---I am sitting at work listening to this and I am in another world ya'll---gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. I smell a collab. At least I want one. Happy to hear this!
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tonestones said 2555 days ago (August 21st, 2010)
Cool tune
You got it. I loved Weather Report. I saw them back in the Jaco days. They were the hottest band around. This really captures the cool sound I remember. Thanks.
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falcef said 2534 days ago (September 11th, 2010)
Weather or Not
Hello good musician the song is beautiful and interesting sounds are good choice and rhythm. Congratulations and best wishes from falcef hello in Italy. ispired SHO WATH di Miles Davis
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awigze said 2533 days ago (September 12th, 2010)
falcef
thanks. your comment is appreciated. from you is golden. Jim would appreciate this too.
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shavingronaldscar said 2479 days ago (November 5th, 2010)
really nice!
A definite fave! This puts a distinct and very enjoyable feeling out into the air, a dense and pleasurable atmosphere. Brilliant collab, sorry about the rating bombers.
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