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Embryo


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Llarion

 Genre: Smooth Jazz

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This is my first brand new instrumental in almost four years! Yeah, four years. It is a song for my upcoming CD that I wrote specifically to leverage the talents of an incredible guitarist named Vicki Genfan. Vicki is a fingerstyle and percussive guitar player of world class credentials. She is the 2008 winner of Guitar Player Magazine's "Guitar Superstar" competition, judged by Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, George Lynch, and more. It is normally a metal shredfest, but Vicki walked in among the men and won it with a solo fingerstyle piece called "Atomic Reshuffle"; I present it for you here:

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Since Vicki's specialty is open tunings (she is up to 34 she uses on stage), I wanted to go in that direction; as such there are five guitar parts in the song, and only one of them is in standard tuning. Here are the others:

Main rhythm guitar (just right of center): Me on my Luna Vicki Genfan Signature series; open D tuning
Vicki's tapping part, hard left: Her Luna VG signature, DADGAD tuning
Nashville (high) strung part: Vicki on my Martin DXME, Drop-D tuning
Arpeggiated harmonics in bridge: Vicki on her Luna VG signature, DADEAD
Melody: Me on Fender Strat, 1st pickup, standard tuning

Other instruments include me on my Gretsch Renown drums, my 1983 Peavey Foundation bass, and the congas and percussion.

I wanted to find a way to have a well-forged alloy of Vickis's signature tapping/percussive/open tuning sound and my smooth jazz musings. I think it came out really well. We had such fun recording together. I hope you enjoy!

BONUS: Here's a video of me and Vicki jamming at the Dean factory the day she picked up her custom Grey Burchette Luna:
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Song Stats
Hits: 2012
Comments: 54
Fans: 26
Plays: 125
Downloads: 40
Votes: 0
Uploaded: Jun 20, 2013 - 10:32:54 PM
Last Updated: Jun 21, 2013 - 06:16:38 AM Last Played: Mar 06, 2017 - 01:03:14 PM
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Comments
TvRicky said 1552 days ago (June 20th, 2013)
Yes she is and Man she makes it cry.
Most unique and soulful piece I've heard in this feel. Much more than smooth jazz. So much feel of blue soul and funk jazz.. Yeah baby..play it girl. Kicked left by this melodic groove..Will listen to this all night tonight.
Reminds me of Earl Klugh
A SincerelyZipped, TvRicky
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Llarion said 1552 days ago (June 21st, 2013)
Wow, thanks!!
That's nice company to be compared with! Vicki is one of my favorite people in the world, it was an honor to have her work with me...
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Philip18 said 1552 days ago (June 21st, 2013)
Embryo
Lovely rich sound to the guitars. I like the way they all work together, but I'm also enjoying picking them apart and hearing the various components of what you've done here. Smooth melody line. I like the drums. All together, impressive work, Phil. I couldn't get video of Atomic Reshuffle" in your description, but found it on YouTube - wow!
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Llarion said 1552 days ago (June 21st, 2013)
I fixed the links!
Yeah, she's incredible. The vid of her Guitar Player competition is out there; it's like 12 minutes or I'd have posted that one... Thanks very much!!
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alackbass said 1552 days ago (June 21st, 2013)
Embryo
This is just beautiful. Great playing by the both of you and the composition is great. So well recorded and a wonderful arrangement. The drumming and bass are very well done. Great groove and a lot of detail and nuance in both parts. That bass sounds sweet. This is outstanding. Keep them coming.

BTW: Is Vicky here in FL? We should all get together some time. I don't see a link to the video. When embedding a YouTube video into an MJ song page you have to make sure to click "Use old embed code." Looking forward to seeing it.
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Llarion said 1551 days ago (June 21st, 2013)
The bass part
Has only ever been played once. We were tracking the guitars, and i said "well; I guess I'd better put a bass line down"... I picked up the bass and what you hear came pouring out on the first run through. I always roll tape on the practice, just in case I nail one - for exactly this reason. The chordal stuff where I'm harmonizing the melody in the bridge was a flash of luck... :) Thanks man!!
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Llarion said 1551 days ago (June 21st, 2013)
Also...
Vicky is based in Fairview NJ, but is down here frequently because she is a Truefire instructor, and their studios are here in St Pete; and she's a Luna endorsed artist, and their headquarters is also here...
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Llarion said 1551 days ago (June 21st, 2013)
FIXED THE VIDEO LINKS!
I didn't know about the "Use the old code" thing, thanks to alackbass for the tip!
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Daugrin said 1551 days ago (June 21st, 2013)
Allman and women love a good jam!
At about 2:30 there are some interesting dissonances. Thanks for sharing your work with us here.

Daug


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Llarion said 1551 days ago (June 21st, 2013)
Thanks for stopping by~
Glad you enjoyed it!!
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composerclark said 1551 days ago (June 21st, 2013)
Embryo
I am amazed! This is fantastic, powerful stuff. I agree with everything TvRicky said; exceptional musicianship here! HUGE thanks for sharing this with us here at MJs!
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Llarion said 1551 days ago (June 21st, 2013)
Why thank you!!!
I'm so glad you like it... it felt good being the first new music in a really long time!
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PeterB7858 said 1551 days ago (June 21st, 2013)
Embryo
A an acoustic guitar feast, Phil. Thanks for sharing Vicki's prodigious talent with us. Lovely mellow vibe, but full and rich. Just wonderful. A CD of music like that would rival one of my all time favourites - Alone But Never Alone - by Larry Carlton (just fantastic). Much enjoyed. Kind regards to both of you, Peter.
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Llarion said 1551 days ago (June 22nd, 2013)
Wow...
Thanks so much! Unfortunately, I only get this one with her, but my last piece and another Adam Rafferty will be on the record, and I have Grant Geissman booked too, we're trying to work out scheduling... Most of my stuff does tend toward the mellow side; I'm not 100% sure why that is. :)
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magnatone said 1551 days ago (June 21st, 2013)
Embryo
OMG - this is truly jaw dropping Phil! I loved every second of both videos, and the actual posted song is sumptuous and gorgeously expressed. this goes instantly to the motorcycle trip playlist and will be enjoyed all through the summer of traveling. My partner int he background just said "wow, that is NICE MUSIC!" (so was thrilled to hear I was D/L'ing as she said that.) this is one of the best things I've heard from you and hope the two of you do MUCH MORE together - clearly you have that synergistic magic. This literally lifted my mood and left me feeling so appreciative of your talents. BEAUTIFUL and CONGRATS!
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Llarion said 1551 days ago (June 22nd, 2013)
*blush*
Thank you for adding me to ANY playlist; but especially to one that I'm sure brings you joy in so many ways... I hope to work more with Vicki, but we're 1300 miles apart except for once or twice a year. Her wife Tay runs a sound design business, and she is Vicki's recording/live sound engineer, and she has a lot of stuff on her plate; she tours Europe a couple of times a year... But she's one of my favorite people ever. I met her at The Swannanoa Gathering, a guitar camp I go to every year at the end of July... I've learned so much form her about guitar, about rhythm, and about life, she is truly a special person.
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Skean said 1551 days ago (June 22nd, 2013)
Nice
Full of life and yet filled with harmony, what a nice jam, guys, thanks for the download, peace.
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Llarion said 1549 days ago (June 23rd, 2013)
Thank you!!
Hope you enjoy it!
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Parichayaka said 1550 days ago (June 22nd, 2013)
Congratulations!
What a soothing, full soundbed. The guitar sounds warm, the conga fits perfectly and the occasional guitar overtones are just gorgeous. Great to share one's talent with such an accomplished musician. Both videos are impressive too!
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Llarion said 1549 days ago (June 23rd, 2013)
I appreciate that!
Vicki is a kind an generous soul!
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Jarvoid said 1550 days ago (June 23rd, 2013)
Wow....
a real value for no money whatsoever post !

Vids and tracks and write ups..coo good stuff
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Llarion said 1549 days ago (June 23rd, 2013)
We do aim to please.. :)
Thanks man!
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jiguma said 1549 days ago (June 23rd, 2013)
Fantastic!
Very impressed with everything here - beautiful playing with a great mix.
Class!
Cheers from Oz - and thanks.
Neil
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Llarion said 1549 days ago (June 23rd, 2013)
Oz? :0
How's the weather? :) Thanks very much for the nice words!
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apb said 1549 days ago (June 23rd, 2013)
Awesome

fantastic playing, recording and a definite (Greg) Allman Bros vibe. Thanks for the download.
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Llarion said 1549 days ago (June 23rd, 2013)
Wow
First time I've ever had that name come up with my music in the same sentence... :) But, this is a pretty big departure for me too! :) Thanks!
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Sigmund said 1549 days ago (June 23rd, 2013)
Embryo
Really well done piece, Phil. You can tell great care was taken at every step to pay attention to the details, to be sure this comes out great in every way. Playing is excellent all around - Vicki's guitars sounds fantastic, and your production is simply top notch. Welcome back to mj, and I hope we will see (and hear) more from you - enjoyed!
Sig
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Llarion said 1549 days ago (June 23rd, 2013)
Thank you!!
That means a lot coming from a man with your credentials!! :)
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VicDiesel said 1549 days ago (June 23rd, 2013)
Wowza.
I had never heard of Vicki Genfan, but then I stopped reading Guitar Player and such quite a while ago. She's pretty darn amazing.

Your composition is good too. Pretty melody, and you can hear that the rhythm part is not your usual strumming. Thanks for posting this collab.
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Llarion said 1548 days ago (June 24th, 2013)
Thanks man!
Glad you enjoyed it! :)
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ic42 said 1549 days ago (June 23rd, 2013)
two talents in one mj post...
phil, your music is like a warm breeze that makes me smile, this is one of those. and the information about vicki, and the wonderful link where i have the pleasure of watching you two jam together was a great bonus treat... thank you for these.
-eduard
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Llarion said 1548 days ago (June 24th, 2013)
Thank you, Eduard!
I was hoping you'd see this one, I think you missed the last one the other week... I appreciate the kind words, means a lot from you...
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MartinD28 said 1549 days ago (June 24th, 2013)
Embryo
Really tight and I love the percussiveness of the piece. Guitars sound great and the balance is awesome - sounds really good coming out of my headphones.
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Llarion said 1548 days ago (June 24th, 2013)
Thank you!!
Yeah, it's a fun headphone mix because there's a lot of wider placement in this than I normally use... :)
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Char said 1548 days ago (June 25th, 2013)
Wow!
This sounds exceptionally good. A lot of skill and heart went into this recording. What a pleasure. Thank you, both.
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Llarion said 1547 days ago (June 25th, 2013)
Thank YOU!
I appreciate you taking the time to listen! :)
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woofer3 said 1548 days ago (June 25th, 2013)
Embryo
I am captivated by this composition and with your's and Vicki's performances. The music is gentle but accurate and precise and very instant. Enjoyed watching the video as well.
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Llarion said 1547 days ago (June 25th, 2013)
Great description!
Thanks so much! I'm glad you liked it!
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woofer3 said 1548 days ago (June 25th, 2013)
Embryo
Just watched Vicki's solo vid as well - I'm speechless.
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Llarion said 1547 days ago (June 25th, 2013)
Yeah, she's really something...
And she's an even better person than she is a guitarist... :)
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rok41 said 1546 days ago (June 26th, 2013)
Embryo
Phil, this is most excellent! The melody is memorable and the form is fantastic. Her rich and patient approach is refreshing and melds nicely with your excellent bass playing and percussion work. Congrats on a very fine piece!
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Llarion said 1546 days ago (June 26th, 2013)
Thank you sir!!
Vicki and I have the same disease; we will sit and add stuff and add stuff and add stuff - so it was hard to collectively restrain ourselves and not make this too dense... :)
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Moviz said 1546 days ago (June 26th, 2013)
Oh Boy...
Phil, can that girl play.... I was hypnotised by the first vid and then the 'jam' was electrifying.Thoroughly enjoyed 'Embryo' as well (3 for the price of one LOL).... wonderful playing by two very talented players... respect and regards M
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Llarion said 1546 days ago (June 26th, 2013)
Thanks man!
I totally understand your feelings - I felt the same the first time I saw her play!
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Doug Somers said 1546 days ago (June 26th, 2013)
Well that was pretty amazing
The composition and execution are really engaging here Phil. The melody and overall feel are light, airy and full of promise. Nice backing work on the guitar, percussion and bass. And in the first video, can Vicki ever play - man! The second one just drives home how good you guys both are. Thanks for posting this one and allowing dloads.

Doug
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Llarion said 1545 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
Wow, thanks!!
I mew Vicki at The Swannanoa Gathering, a guitar camp I go to every year; we've been buddies ever since... :)
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MikeRobinson said 1546 days ago (June 26th, 2013)
W - O - W ...
Amazing guitar work. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.
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Llarion said 1545 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
Thank you so much!
I appreciate you taking time to check it out!
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Bowman said 1545 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
Love
the way you guys pick through this great rhythm.
Great grove guys.
Cheers,
Charlie
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Llarion said 1545 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
Thanks Charlie!!
Vicki is all about rhythm... :)
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PatriciaGirl said 1545 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
Wonderous!
Am I late?? I hope not :))

A truly lovely piece by wonderful artists. I am glad you are back playing again!! Can't say enough. Thanks always for sharing.
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Llarion said 1545 days ago (June 27th, 2013)
Nope, not too late!
Thanks for stopping by, I'm glad you got to hear it!! :)
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LisaHawbaker said 1533 days ago (July 9th, 2013)
Embryo
another great piece:)
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Llarion said 1531 days ago (July 11th, 2013)
Thank you!
Glad you enjoyed!
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Smooth jazz is generally described as a genre of music that utilizes instruments (and, at times, improvisation) traditionally associated with jazz and stylistic influences drawn from, among other sources, funk, pop and R&B. Since the late 1980s, it h

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