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Oasis On The Rocks (final mix)

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This is a re-remaster of a song I posted earlier under the title Oasis In Your Palm. I changed the title after Sloparts presented his cogent argument for this new alternative. Thanks to everyone that gave their input. Please note if you like this mix less, or if it is the same/improved. Your input is much appreciated and useful.

I tried to make this mix warmer, boost the guitar solos slightly, moderate the sax's "squawkiness" (as others noted on their systems). What I ended up doing was EQing the high mids down in the raw sax track of the general mix, before boosting the highs in the overall track during remastering. THis restored the sax without making it "squawk" or appear too loud, I hope. Let me know if its a subtle improvement. I'm hoping this is my final mix.

This is the first in a series of instrumentals I've been working on with saxophonist Woody Mankowski. I will be posting several more, in the jazz-bop genre as well as jazz funk. If it works out, we may branch out into other music beds I've had laying around in other genres too.

Drums: Dane Richeson
Bass: Arthur Kell
Guitar: Elliot Friedman

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
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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sloparts said 3170 days ago (August 17th, 2010)
Definitely a better mix,
but the Sax is still a little to loud. Try dropping it back 1 or 2db or somewhere in that neighbor hood. When ever the sax is playing as it is now, it's hard to really know what the other members of the band are dong. They're in there for sure, but the Sax dominates it still.

I don't think EQ is the problem for me, it's that the Sax is just too loud still. It doesn't blend in with the rest of the band, like it's layered over the top of an already existing backtrack.

Naturally, you want to keep in mind my hearing loss and consequent use of a hearing aid. That probably has some bearing on what I'm hearing and saying. I think before making any other changes based on what I say, I would listen to the opinions and critiques of a number of other people first to try and get a consensus.

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TobinMueller said 3170 days ago (August 17th, 2010)
Sax on the beach
The sax does sound a but hotter on my laptop, but is perfectly in the mix in my studio and can't go any lower in my studio headphones. I may not bring it down unless others join in your "sax dominant" position.

Thanks for nudging me to change the title to my alternative choice. THis one is easier to grab onto, in more ways than one.
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sschedra said 3170 days ago (August 17th, 2010)
Just delightful!
What a treat. Mastering questions aside, this music is just the cat's pajamas and my uncle Bill (who introduced me to jazz) would be absolutely transfixed by wonderful musicianship and the delicious themes. When I get over to the studio, I will look at it inside the visual mastering template and point out anything outstanding. I may even remaster it if it looks obvious and I'll let you know.
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jiguma said 3170 days ago (August 17th, 2010)
Sax, sax, sax!
Sounds terrific to me Tobin - sax may be a little big (bigger than the guitar solo parts definitely), but within acceptable limits for sure. This is so clean and so incredibly GOOD. You'll make me a jazz fan yet!
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fasteddie said 3170 days ago (August 17th, 2010)
Oh yes
The sax isn't so far forward this time; it still might be a little big. The guitar and piano parts stand out much better too. That's good!

This is the perfect song for a Vegas Road trip.

Great work Tobin!
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RochaMalhada said 3169 days ago (August 17th, 2010)
paint brush
This is a nice mix - the bass seems to have come up(?) - better, to me. The sax is still dominant on my rig, but it is a beautiful brush in strokes on this canvas; sometimes art has an accent in color that way.

. - Harold
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Diviner said 3167 days ago (August 20th, 2010)
fast and frantic
Nice track, the kind of thing i would expect to hear in Cocacabana sipping on a cocktail. Agree with Sloparts that the sax is a bit loud, however all in all very good, esp since it not my usual listening genre.
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