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Caught In The Current (v2) - feat. BBarner & Komrade K

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This is a redo of my 3rd collaboration with Bill Barner and my first with Martin Kember-Smith (Komrade K). Since I am currently going wild with B3 organ play, I wanted to overdub organ onto this track as an experiment. KK's fiddle distorts (on tape) toward the end and I thought maybe a distorted rock B3 sound leading up to that might mask it, make it seem more cohesively in keeping with the moment. (Altho I use a bunch of other light, more celtic sounding organ stops/settings prior to that section.)

Earlier version: Caught In The Current (w/ BBarner and Komrade K)

If you want, please let me know if you like the original significantly better, otherwise I am considering adding this track to the Rain Bather album, depending how the other tracks come in. It is a little meandering in places, but finishes strong. Without organ, I wouldn't add it to the playlist, since I play organ on all the other tracks.

The tune started as a jazz rendition of a song from my musical CREATURE. But the stylings of the new solos give it a AfroCeltic feel. I posted the earlier version under Celtic for fun, even tho it is more World Jazz than traditional Celtic. (There is no AfroCelt or World Jazz genre at MJ.)

Dane Richeson, percussionist, came with 2 suitcases of stuff, spread them on the floor, and we recorded him in six passes. (I have no idea how many instruments he ended up playing.) Clarinet was added by Bill, with the next pass adding Martin on Violin. The organ was added last week, right before my hard drive collapsed.

Previous collabs with BBarner:
Secret of Life
Let Me Play (w/ McBoy too)

Previous collabs with Komrade K:
Can't Complain
Hold On

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

Pre-release CDs can be purchased here (includes more info on recording): RAIN BATHER.
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c4rson said 4238 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
Hi there... A wonderful journey...

I enjoyed being guided through your musical landscape...

Great work Tobin... :)
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DWL said 4238 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
Impressive stuff Tobin
I ahven't listened again the first version but this sounds pretty good and has a real live feel about it as if you were all there playing at the same time.

A little loose and not being a slave to the beat works really well. There's an energy and life that you just can't get with midi.

I liked it :)


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TobinMueller said 3644 days ago (July 27th, 2009)
energy and life
Thanks. Another thing you can't get with MIDI, especially if MIDI is done by me to simulate another player: The other player's creativity that comes thru the fingers. What I mean by that is that when playing a real instrument, it isn't just the mind that thinks, but the hands and fingers as well. Sometimes this leads to surprises. In the case of the clarinet, it leads to notes I would never have thought of myself, especially the expressiveness of the held notes and legato lines.
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davisamerica said 4238 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
right then tobin
i love this track...keep the organ...wow very nice
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timothy devine said 4238 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
Hi Tobin
I love the instrumentation on this.
The percusion playing is real sweet n different. Reminds me of 'Oregon"
An old ECM group (check out there album Violin)
The organ is a great sound in here, all though i never would have thought. Most of the sounds are ethereal. It works real well, mostly because it is so tastefully played.
Great composition and super playing.
Recording and mixing are tops
a keeper
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TobinMueller said 4152 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
I love that ensemble. Especially their use of double-reeds. Thanks for the very cool comments.
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Feter said 4238 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
Caught In The Current
its not the arragnment ..not the playin ..its the Idea
Celtic afro feel and the sence of the people moving
and living among the river of life with all the mixed
feelings let this one of your best !!
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Moviz said 4238 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
I think
Feter puts it very well when he says the 'river of life'. You've given the feeling that 'it's all here' and when the organ came in it fitted so well... and I never would have thought it would. This is like a Ballet and I can almost see it happening.... , regards M
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peacepiano said 4238 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
Tough call
I like both versions. This is are very cool song. I prefer the earlier version if there is a way to clean up the distortions.

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michael2 said 4238 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
nice one Tobin
what a wild mix of instrumentation, very original. you guys would make a great back up band for Kate Bush. i do like the organ, although it's not covering up the distorted fiddle at that part. who knows though, i may not have noticed the fiddle distortion if you hadn't have mentioned it. i probably would have thought it was planned. sounds great to me.
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Godchaser said 4238 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
Beautifully done.
Love all the various voicings,all those off beat percussives and love that pic you chose to use for the post.Wonderful work.

Blessings and Happy Holidays,
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pablatone said 4238 days ago (December 11th, 2007)
very cool
tobin you have such a depth of talent it's amazing. I hope you're able to make your living doing this.
Well done folks.
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guitapick said 4237 days ago (December 12th, 2007)
Listened to both...
...seems to me to be a matter of what you like best. Both are really fine interpretations of a very "up" tune. I really enjoyed both.
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perceptualvortex said 4237 days ago (December 12th, 2007)
There's a lot going on all the time, but it's not so busy that any of it's distracting. Instead, all the various sounds and melodic lines sound like the details of an intricate painting of a town scene. Or rainforest scene. Excellent playing everywhere, and a joy to listen to.
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Ibstrat said 4236 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
well written and well played.Does remind me of Oregon (minus Ralph Towner's guitar).It must have been lots of fun playing this!
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Joe Brady said 4236 days ago (December 13th, 2007)
Really nice.
Dig that AfroCeltic sound; always love your keys. Are those "talking drums?" Nice touch, sounds like a perfect soundtrack for an uplifting visual/no dialogue part of a film. This piece seems to radiate a happy feeling. Awesome partners for collab.
Happy Holidays fellas!
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lengold said 4236 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
So nice
to hear something so different. Enchanting. Fabulous musicianship from everyone involved.

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jiguma said 4235 days ago (December 14th, 2007)
Very cool (still)
Love the B3 addition, but would still like to hear a kit as well as the percussion - to provide more consistency of rhythm - even if it was just for part of the track. But that's just the way I hear it - it's a real tour de force Tobin.
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John Stebbe said 4233 days ago (December 16th, 2007)
Such a delight, Tobin. I love hearing the real instruments, after hearing so many virtual ones here on MJ.

All the performances here are really fine, but the violin work is what truly catches my ear. You don't often hear such fine bowing in a non-classical setting. Your violinist is a true artist.

And I do love the Hammond sound. It brings to mind all my favorite bands from the early 70s -- BS&T, Yes, Deep Purple.

All in all, quite a worthy contribution to your next project.
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Mcboy said 4231 days ago (December 18th, 2007)
i remember this music......the new additions give it heft...love the dancing piano......oregon lives!.....afroceltic indeed......love the tapestry of tonal colors and overall lightness of being......bravo!!!!!
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Mcboy said 4231 days ago (December 18th, 2007)
forgot to mention that yes i recieved the two CD.s...."a bit of light" was of course very very nice....thanks again!!!
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said 4152 days ago (March 6th, 2008)
Very great sound all around, so neat, amazing composition. Deepest bows to everyone!

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