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This is a redo of a piece Woody and I developed almost 2 years ago that was released as track 6 on my latest jazz CD, RAIN BATHER. However, since it is one of 2 tracks on that album that was a close collaboration between Woody and myself, I've decided to include it in our current project playlist.

It begins with an extended keyboard section featuring me on organ and various old school keys. Half way through, Woody comes in playing over almost an exact repeat of the music bed deployed in the first half. It's really interesting how different some sections sound with his additions. It shows how this collaboration adds color and depth as each of us plays in our thoughts. The reverb I used on his saxes matches the Rain Bather project, but is not quite as dry as that used for my current project; I will fix that later if we compile all these tunes into a single album release.

Woody plays all saxes. Also, in the spirit of Miles Davis during his electrified period, I experimented with some filters on a few of Woody's phrases, creating an electric violin feel, at one point. At the end of the song, where Woody is tooling around on his soprano, he says "Wait, lets try that again." In earlier versions, I had kept that in cuz I found it so endearing, until the final edit for the Rain Bather album, when I was trying to shorten every track to make room for one more song. I'm kind of sad it's not there anymore. I can still hear it, like a ghost voice...

The song art is, like in The Müller's Wheel, a photo of myself wearing my Woodstock hat filtered through my iPad app PhotoTropedelic. It's so era inducing I just had to use another version.

"Windowshade" is laid back jazz funk. It clocks in at 8:28. Hope you enjoy!

Please check out the finalized CD on CDBaby: The Muller's Wheel.

Here are all the draft/demo tracks from The Muller's Wheel on MJ:

Seafood Gumbo Bop
Oasis On The Rocks
Saddle Shoe Sally
Lost In The West Village
The Müller's Wheel
Windowshade
Fusion of Minds
Struttin' Up Bourbon
River Runs Through Me
Forrest's Fire

Vocal variations of this series:
Seafood Gumbo w/ AngelaHope

If you haven't heard much of my jazz stuff, please check out all the draft mixes that ended up on the album RAIN BATHER. Maybe start with I Wanna Fly. Woody also plays on most of those songs.

Other songs featuring Woody Mankowski:
Pilgrim of the Return
Final Words
A Promise
Dreams III
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edpdx said 2559 days ago (September 23rd, 2010)
Windowshades
Very groovy!

Thanks!
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davajonah said 2559 days ago (September 23rd, 2010)
Love it!
I really like the old school jazz-funk style, and this is so cool. Sax to die for.

Great music Tobin!
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TobinMueller said 2556 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
old school jazz-funk style
Thanks. Yes, Woody is to die for, for sure. Music in heaven must be like this, I think when I listen to him play. The music in heaven is jazzy funk, right? My heaven, anyway! Those angel cats get down!
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Corporal Beef said 2559 days ago (September 23rd, 2010)
Love those old school sounds
What a great tapestry of keys you've created here. It must have been a blast to solo over them. I love the bass line, and he whole piece is interesting to listen to without being pretentious. Thanks for posting.
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TobinMueller said 2552 days ago (September 30th, 2010)
without being pretentious
Thanks. I never aim for being pretentious, although I do try for self-consciously inventive sometimes, instead of organically inventive. This, however, is a project meant to highlight joy and freedom within well established genres of our formative years, a homage, and we've both stolen liberally from the greats that came before us. So not being pretentious is an important thing. I'm glad you caught that. I appreciate you listening in.
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woofer3 said 2559 days ago (September 23rd, 2010)
Very original
I love it's unsteady gait. Off beat but extremely instant.
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TobinMueller said 2552 days ago (September 30th, 2010)
unsteady gait
Glad you dug it. I actually wasn't going for an unsteady gait, but punctuating the offbeat and syncopation of jazz and funk, and letting the toe-tapping steady drum beat carry the rhythm forward. But, without questions, I was trying to live between the dominant beats of the bars as they cruised by. Thanks.
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alackbass said 2559 days ago (September 23rd, 2010)
Windowshade II
I really dig the neo-soul groove. The moog bass is so funky and the hammond sits over the top so well. Downloaded!
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TobinMueller said 2556 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
neo-soul groove
I never thought I had done something neo-sou. But I guess this is. Cool. Thanks for pointing that out. The moog bass is not use enough nowadays, that's for sure.
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FEEL said 2559 days ago (September 23rd, 2010)
groovy
Really like the sound combinations. The beat is nice as well. Especially like the way it jazzes up about midway. Enjoyed.
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TobinMueller said 2557 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
Sound combinations
Thanks. I had fun layering those sounds. It's amazing how long it takes to tweak a sound to make it fit just the way my ear wants. What should take 10 minutes ends up consuming 2 hours. But then the sound tweaking processes unveils a riff or phrase that I wasn't thinking about before. It's the the choice of color moves the paintbrush by itself.
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Scorpjammer said 2559 days ago (September 23rd, 2010)
Kickin'
Like a live, late night club jam. Luv it!
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TobinMueller said 2556 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
Room
Thanks. I use a room reverb, never a hall or larger. I dig the small night club feel. Glad you liked it.
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Vic Holman said 2559 days ago (September 23rd, 2010)
old school....
... funk with a contemporary swagger. i dig the vintage synth parts, very cool.

of course the sax tracks "!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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TobinMueller said 2556 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
old school funk with a contemporary swagger
Thanks. That's what we were going for, exactly. Way cool that you dug it all. And, yes, those sax lines are the bomb...
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DWL said 2558 days ago (September 24th, 2010)
Superlatives are in short supply
Quality piece of work Tobin. Mix sounds excellent to me. A lot going on but everything in its place.

Splendid arrangement and playing as usual, great live feel.

Cheers

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Bubowski said 2558 days ago (September 24th, 2010)
Damn that's Tasty!
Really great tune. Is that a real Minimoog or virtual? I'm assuming the rest is all "real." I love the "dry" arrangement, really old school, but each instrument really shines.
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TobinMueller said 2557 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
MiniMe
Yep, the Moog is memorex and the rest are real. Hadn't had to use some of these cords in a while... I still haven't dusted off my original Emu Emulator II. I wonder if it even boots up anymore?
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fasteddie said 2558 days ago (September 24th, 2010)
Nice one
Tobin, this is really cool. Nice groove and cool atmosphere.

Like it a lot man!
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tonestones said 2557 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
Magnetized funk
Love the B3. Fantastic. The sax as well. Can't help but jam along.. Man, Woody is a great player. I really love this series you are doing with him. This is my favorite so far.
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TobinMueller said 2557 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
More modern
Thanks. Yes, Woody is the reason this series is so compelling, no doubt. I hang on every one of his phrases. Amazing for guy I originally met at a Packer game in 1988...!

I think one of the reasons this is a favorite is that it is the most modern. Some of the tracks we've yet to nail down go back in time more, so we may have reached our peak on this one. But each track explores a different era and emphasis. I just keep trying to stay out of Woody's way and let him jam.
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guitapick said 2557 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
Well
I changed my mind and put off the knife sharpenings so I could hear this first.

I really like that you feature more of your keyboard work on this, Tobin. The organ, especially. Love the tones. Organ's such a tripped out instrument. The old style synthesizer.

Nice slow, funky groove, as promised. Sounds great, Tobin.
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TobinMueller said 2557 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
sharp
You could use the rhythm to sharpen the knives at the same time! Thanks for digging the organ. So versatile, it. Yes, I used to love using all my gear, and got away from it when I started concentrating on solo piano. Fun to revisit. Thanks for dropping the stones and checking in. Maybe I'll see you and Fontana's Tuesday?
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perceptualvortex said 2557 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
Laid back
Neverending coolness. Well, eventually it ends, but listening to this is like digging one excellent musical voice after another. It's a vast collection of melodic details that synthesize into one groovy whole.
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TobinMueller said 2556 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
Groovy whole
Thanks. Yes, it does go on. I was trying to always add something to every unfolding. I actually cut and pasted several of Woody's lines, which were different takes of similar sections, and placed them in more places than he actually played, lending even more variations. He was surprised by the final mix, since most of these tunes stick very closely to what he played in. But I recorded him in the studio on this one (instead of him recording himself at home), so I had access to every take saved. A bunch of material. I had to use as much as I could.
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perceptualvortex said 2556 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
Had to use as much as I could
Sure; all of Woody's playing in this tune deserves to be heard. I do the same thing with Vac's guitar, since he usually gives me extra layers of playing and I like them all. I don't think this tune is too long--I enjoyed every minute.
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Parichayaka said 2557 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
Sometimes the rating system works
and straight tens seem appropriate. Great post and 'download enabled'...your music is as awesome as you're generous. Clean, dry mix, even with all the various synth and live elements - sounds great in my headphones. Thoroughly interesting and enjoyable from beginning to the end. And it's not a short piece either!
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TobinMueller said 2556 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
Sometimes
Thank you for your kind words. Sustenance. I appreciate them a great deal.
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tf10music said 2557 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
so much
groove. It's waking me up, and I am terrible with mornings. The keys are wonderful, they are dripping with funk. The sax, as always, is consummate. Thanks for this.
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Reggie_Pole said 2557 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
In your element
I really am enjoying this aspect of your musical personality. Love the groove, and the musicianship is stratospheric. I also appreciate that you let it go on. I like to hear extended pieces of music --- well, when they're effective, as is this one. Great.
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TobinMueller said 2556 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
musical personality
This was always my closet personality, stuff I'd play after hours, jam with friends. My professional push was always either musical theatre or progressive solo piano/studio keyboard work, stuff that tried to either fit onto an off-broadway stage or satisfy my drive to invent. I decided to step back from all that this year and just reinvigorate a repertoire of styles that I've always loved. I appreciate that it is resonating with you. Thanks.
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SISTERS said 2557 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
ooooo
mmmm - first thing i notice is the QUALITY of sound pouring thru the 'phones. very pro, very clean. i truly dug this kinda unbusy arrangement -leaves swell spaces for unfolding of the sonic plot. gotta say those keys were grand at 1:37 ish with that first burp of sound to the stabs. the synth ow's at 2:29 were great - you gotta lotta mileage outta them. horns at 3:21 just about made me cry. 8) i thought the song was complete by the 4 minute mark. i can easily hear this as 2 songs. nice work, toxin - very classy. anne
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TobinMueller said 2556 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
Sonic plot
Ooo, I like that phrase, sonic plot. The track grew out of several versions. Me on keys, first. Then we did just the second half, after Woody laid in his sax. But then I missed the keys-only vibe, so I went in and played over my own music bed and pasted that as a 4 minute intro, or initial variation. In essence, it is two songs stuck together, or at least a Part 1 and a Part 2. Thanks for digging both sections.
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sschedra said 2557 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
Tobin,
Sometimes it can be easy to take someones musicianship for granted. You "expect" them to be good so you listen lazy and maybe yawn a bit. I just had to go in an dig for the tidbits and really listen to the phrasing that Woody uses. Its remarkable how good he is. As always the production sounds great to me. I love the talking synths out at the 7:00 minute mark. They seemed to be calling and answering to Woody's filtered sax riffs. Very sweet!
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TobinMueller said 2557 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
Not taken for granted
Thanks for mining the details. Yes, his phrasing is great, his tone perfect, his melodic riffs fascinating, his energy ever unfolding. But he's also one of the nicest guys in the world. He also knows almost every riff played by all the major cats who ever blew a horn. He feels like he steals from them all the time, but I keep gelling him he breathes originality with every passage. A pure joy. Thanks for mentioning him. I've eroded with him more than any other player, thru the years. You can hear why. But I see and feel it too. I used to be really demanding of how he phrased riffs, pointing out when he'd fall back on scales or often used licks. That was years ago. Now I rarely even score out his part, except for hits and rhythmic unisons. He invents what I must have been thinking before I think it, and more.
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sonnyjim said 2557 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
This is a great cut
The first time I heard it, I was making my way down the spiral to the Lincoln Tunnel on a rainy night and laughing out loud at the 'film perfect' sea of brake lights reflected in the rainy asphalt at the tollbooths, like I was driving into the opening credits for Saturday Night Live circa 1979....

Nice to hear this tonight. And I really like that punchy little synth that punctuates the groove at the beginning.
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TobinMueller said 2556 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
David Sanborn
Very cool visuals. Thanks for sharing that. I think Woody is more like Brecker, tho, has an edge and wildness, slightly less mainstream tendencies. But I totally loved the Sanborn SNL vibe, that jungle funk rock jazz live energy fab coalescence of hip musicians that opened every show. A band I always wanted to play with, for sure. Totally cool you mentioned them, and I appreciate the comparison. Thanks for listening in yet again!

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ste said 2557 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
tasty
groove. Like the beat. The squelch lends a really modern edge to those organs. Nicely realised
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TobinMueller said 2556 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
The squelch
Thanks for checking it out. I'm not sure what a "squelch" is, but maybe it's the setting/filters I used on the B3. I mess around with those bars a ton, love to tweak sounds, and often add something in post-production. I'm glad you think they have a modern sound. Altho I just go for what I dig at the moment, regardless. Thanks again.
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speedonl said 2557 days ago (September 25th, 2010)
Windowshade
Nice Groove!! Really liked it...
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michael2 said 2556 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
damn
you are such the musician. reminds me of Becks "Blow by Blow." this is pretty amazing, the nuance on that organ is just ridiculous. great track Tobin.
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TobinMueller said 2556 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
Nuances
Thanks, Michael. I appreciate it. Since funk is a fairly defined genre, the nuances and little variations are what I dig adding. I'm glad you liked it. I dig your music too.
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hackneybloke said 2556 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
windowSHade
very groovy tobin. lots going on to try and maintain interest. the mix sounds too centralised and 'crisp' however; i would have liked something warmer and richer....given the genre. it reminds me of grover washington and average white band, so it's very accomplished, but ultimately it's not saying anything new, and given that you have no vocal narrative, for me it's just another instrumental track that repeats a load of groovy sounds over a funky beat. for me, it begins to get interesting in the final section at 7.40....so i listened all the way through. you're very talented tobin, but you could be turning out more interesting stuff than this.
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TobinMueller said 2556 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
Check out my other stuff sometime
I think you miss the point of this whole series, which you've enjoyed up to this point. Juian, last song you asked if I sing, which indicated you haven't heard many of my songs at MJ. You gotta check out my stuff. Plenty of experimental tracks, especially in my solo piano and progressive rock submissions. But this is supposed to sound old school, era-oriented, retro. An homage. I think we succeeded.
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Ibstrat said 2556 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
You
are I think the 1st artist that I heard on macjams- I've thoroughly enjoyed everything that you have done.This is really cool fun music, your keyboard playing is terrific, sax player is awesome.Good funk is hard to come by.This is really good!
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TobinMueller said 2556 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
1st artist
Hey, thanks. That's really a nice compliment. I truly appreciate that.
Yes, good funk is special. I listened to a hundred funk tunes before I did some of my own and thought how cheesy and repetitive so many were. Great fun to play, I'm sure, but kind of a sameness from beginning to end, unless you are dancing and just cared about the beat. I tried to distill, in the special ones, what I thought really sounded groovy, had that spark of sexiness and energy and surprise, and then employ some of that here. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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CIASM_ZENABI_ said 2556 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
windowshade
groove in large portions. cool sounds going on there. some really great build ups and drops. well produced. sax hits the spot. professional sounding. some demented sounding ketboard stuff that works really well. cool stuff. enjoyed it. cheers
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TobinMueller said 2554 days ago (September 28th, 2010)
demented
Thanks. I love demented sounds. Makes me feel more playful, frees me up to let my fingers think instead of my head. Glad you liked that aspect to.
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jdholliday said 2556 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
wow
old school funk meets modern technology! Wicked! Man this could be the sound bed for a real cool vocal! Not that it needs it! Super cool! Amazing production, loooove the keys!
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TobinMueller said 2554 days ago (September 28th, 2010)
Vocals
If you'd like to try a vocal over this, that sounds fun. I don't think I have the actual tracks/mix anymore, lost in a HD crash last year, but if you can fit in something between all the playing, give it a go. I'd love to hear what you come up with...
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Silky5 said 2556 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
Funky monkey
You got da funk down to the ground!!! Well done sir it's not easy to get a tight sound and production. Very good.
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Ed Hannifin said 2556 days ago (September 26th, 2010)
Tobin, I love the melange...
...of synth sounds in this, including that filtery bass thing, and the drumming is really neat....

After that, it's...well...everything else...

The sax is great, especially the bit where it's phrasing against that aforementioned bass synth.....


I.G.M. said 2555 days ago (September 27th, 2010)
Steps Ahead
...and David Sanborn...and Brecker Bros....
...and Herbie Hancock..and so on... :o)

Yeah, what you`re starting at 2.30 is absolutely fabulous, these short repeating marsian tones are worth to be played in the new Spielberg science-fiction movie :oD

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TobinMueller said 2554 days ago (September 28th, 2010)
Herbie
Hancock is one of my heroes. Back when MJ first began, there was a filter on the forums that caught un-PC words and I couldn't write his name without it getting deleted. Made me laugh.

I'm looking forward to what you can add to the ballad I sent you today. I love those trans-continental collabs.
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jiguma said 2555 days ago (September 27th, 2010)
Groovy indeed!
Late night funky fun! My favourite instrument - the B3! Excellent post Tobin - as is pretty much everything you have posted at MJ (I only say "pretty much" because I've probably missed a tune or two).
Would love to be able to do this sort of thing, but the I'd have to learn how to play keys to do that!
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jibes said 2553 days ago (September 29th, 2010)
Windowshade
Is so well done!! Excellent!!!!
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bud said 2553 days ago (September 29th, 2010)
The picture looks more like windowpane
soory - couldn't help it. Great track Tobin - love the phunky phat synth and Woody's reed work.
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crissew said 2552 days ago (September 30th, 2010)
First off, your pic is a trip
really awesome sounds here. Love that squelchy bass and synth sound you use here. Expertly played and composed, it is pretty apparent here. Really cool funky percussion in the middle of the song too. George Clinton with a little jazzy side. Excellent work here as always.
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RAVENS said 2548 days ago (October 4th, 2010)
Trippy
Too funny, the other day I was THIS close to buying PhotoTropedelic for my iPhone.

The song sounds great, you play the organ? That is very cool, I wish I played an instrument. Funky yet soothing, very cool piece!

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TobinMueller said 2184 days ago (October 3rd, 2011)
Organ
I play all the keys, over-tracking. Musicians love playing with themselves, right?
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poodyglitz said 2186 days ago (October 1st, 2011)
Man, I Really Dig This!
Will have to favorite it. Nice clean mix. Nice freeform feel, yet it's organized. A vintage Jazz/Funk feel from the time when musicians actually played music. :-)
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TobinMueller said 2183 days ago (October 4th, 2011)
Vintage
Thanks. We were going for that.
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