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10 Tracks Reviewed
75 Comments Posted
Yays: 0  Boos: 0
Critic Score 2/10
Joined: 2/10/2009

Average Rating: 4 stars

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Rhumba For Arturo
k3v1nr055 [5/5/2009 7:55:42 PM EST]
Score: +0
Actually what I would really like would be for Vinnie Colaiuta to play these songs with Gary. It's not that Mike did not play well...he did....he played great but these songs are right up Vinnie's alley......check out the new Jeff Beck DVD (Live this week from Ronnie Scott's) and you will understand what I mean. Gary deserves to play with musicians of that caliber! Tal on bass too!
k3v1nr055 [5/5/2009 7:49:09 PM EST]
Score: +0
I have had a few days away from my drums due to a major family event (a joyous one). So this afternoon I went to the drum room and put on Gary's CD to play along. Awesome stuff. I usually try to get back into "band mode" by warming up with some Steely Dan (Aja or Royal Scam.. great drum albums) or maybe Al Dimeola's old rock/fusion music. I have to tell you that these songs are demanding from a drummer's perspective. I also know the tunes fairly well but I cannot just play them once in a while to really stay on top of them. I know that tomorrow I will be just a bit better for having tried to play through all Gary's tunes today.
Thanks for the challenge and the songs are sooooo cool.
k3v1nr055 [4/29/2009 6:53:28 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
As always, awesome.
Beyond X
k3v1nr055 [4/11/2009 10:04:07 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
Very tight. Lots of energy. Cool track.
Cowboys On Drugs Too
k3v1nr055 [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
I am playing this through some old Fisher speakers with those big bassy 12s that only sound great when you EQ the heck out of them and it sounds like a concert hall with a lot of natural ambiance. Richie plays great. I would like to hear him in one of the concert series' that they have in my town
Denim Road
k3v1nr055 [3/26/2009 11:10:56 AM EST]
Score: +0
Thanks to those of you who have spoken positively to us by joining our email list. It means a lot to us. Though it's not likely that we will be playing far from home in the near future we will be posting some more music for listening and download as soon as the newest tracks are finished (or nearly so).
k3v1nr055 [3/17/2009 2:49:41 PM EST]
Score: +0
Nomad, I am back for just a minute. I have been much more productive (practicing) since I turned off auto notifications. I am not speaking for my band here, just myself. I laugh because my playing has been criticized (constructively mostly but occasionally just mean criticisms) by some of the baddest ass players that I ever ever heard. It's very humbling.Criticism no big deal for me, I am used to it. I guess I could have, maybe should have said, "with a grain of salt" instead of "makes me laugh." That would have been more accurate.

As far as the Mozart reference. I stand by that statement and that certainly includes Denim Road. That does not mean that there are not a lot of talented writers and musicians here: There are! I do think some of this stuff is worse than ours, so what. Some of it is better. Some of it is different and I can still understand it and some of it is different and I cannot understand it. Some of the songs that I cannot get through might be great songs in the hands of a good producer. In the case of those that I don't like, I suppose I should just go to their songs and give them the rating that I think they deserve. Instead, I made some far reaching generalizations which were really only directed at those who make recordings that I don't like. (BTW, just because I have not commented on a particular song does not mean I don't like it, appreciate the musicianship, the melody, the chord structure, etc. I just don't have time to comment on everything. I am sure you understand).

When I joined my band all I saw was potential. I am proud of what we have accomplished, the sound of our CD and the way the songs turned out. I am proud of how the direction of the band has evolved since I joined.

I think I best if I build on Kingster's comment. We are what we are, that's what we do, this is how we play. If you like it fantastic, sign up for email updates and downloads. If you don't...then don't.
k3v1nr055 [3/15/2009 7:23:49 AM EST]
Score: +0
balce, read my post from [3/13/2009 12:51:03 PM EST]. What is there is what I wrote. Nomad made up a quote and tried to attribute it to me and I called him out on it. Who ever decided to make his comment the "featured review" did so to stir up the readers. They were successful. But that's not what I said. It's just what nomad interpreted.
k3v1nr055 [3/15/2009 7:07:03 AM EST]
Score: +0
King, your are correct. Actually most of you are correct. In the end all that matters is how the artist feels and how the listener feels. If they both like it that's great. If they don't that's OK too. As long as the artist feels they did something that they feel, not necessarily good, but, more importantly, satisfied about then "it's all good" My favorite artists are not usually pigeon-holed in a genre. They just created what they created and threw it out there for people to hear. They did not (or do not) care if we liked it or not. Those artists simply had to please themselves. In our case we are just a band of "weekend warriors" who include one person who finds a way or finds the time to write some songs then we record them. If he decided to listen to hip hop, he certainly would be able to extract the essence of that music and create something that would work. I sure would be able to play the drum part. It's not hard. The point is that that would not be 'us". We grew up in the 60s and 70s. Since then we have individually opened up to jazz, fusion, world music, reggae, funk and what ever, We just do what we do.
I just remembered that famous quote,often attributed to Laurie Anderson: "writing about music is like dancing about architecture" With that in mind I have "unchecked" my auto notifications when a comment is posted. I am going to go listen to some music now.
k3v1nr055 [3/13/2009 11:52:08 PM EST]
Score: +0
firth, by the way, The Office (both versions) are our favorite shows. My kids, who are way ahead of me on the sit-com charts turned me onto the BBC's so painful (and painfully funny) and it's a great, though extreme, parody of lower and middle level corporate shenanigans....See they really do need a private message capability here...this has nothing to do with music....
This Music Tastes Funky
k3v1nr055 [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
If you learn to play this tune with a click track you would be killing. Listen to "Groove Is In the Heart" by Deee-Lite with Bootsy Collins on bass.. Even if you have tempo changes in the tune the sections should be rock solid then figure out transitions that flow (live) or better yet throw those sections out and drive that bad boy home.
k3v1nr055 [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Personally, I like the intro and the first verse, but then I don't care for the "song-songy" round thing that should be the chorus. Nonetheless, you play it and present it really well and I think it has merit. It's a very 70s approach, and I mean that in the best way because we all know that the period from '68 to '75 was Rock's golden era.
Changed Or Lost
k3v1nr055 [3/16/2009 10:38:16 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 3 stars
Lay down the drums first. Even if you find a drummer who can keep you in time the drums should go first (or if everyone is on that day at the same time live and the drummer should have a click track).Your tracks would be 1000% better and more marketable. I could give the song a 4 or 4.5 if it was in the pocket or at least in some pocket. 3 for the song itself as is.
Perfect Heart
k3v1nr055 [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
OK, here's the deal. As always I really don't care if you don't like the song but....we put this song in the Austin City Limits Festival contest last summer. It's not exactly a concert contest kind of song (maybe a songwriter contest but..) and we received more than 4000 votes and went to the second round of that contest in 8th place out of more than 720 artists). Nonetheless, this does not sound like Michael McDonald, but having said that I have to tell you all that our producer did live sound for our last gig and he commented that he (as I) does not like when our singer does his Michael McDonald imitation (we cover a couple Doobies tunes). I agree totally, Still, if Michael McDonald called and needed an opener I would do it.. Our singer is one of those voices who has incredible range (something like four octaves) and needs to learn when to use it (look up the history of Starcastle and search for George Harp) and when to hold back. I, among many, believe that he did not over-sing on this track. This is a tender song. Caleb, this could be a very "dark song". The directive for how we approached this song (as I explained on Unexpected Rain is that Jim Z writes a song and then brings it to our practice with some simple directions. In the case of this tune mood and groove was supposed to be based on Chris Isaak's Wicked Game. I don't believe that is what we accomplished but that was the point from where we began...we only rehearsed this song about a half dozen times before we recorded's not too bad is it?
The Vault
k3v1nr055 [3/13/2009 11:46:43 PM EST]
Score: +0
Gary, I have some shirts just like that from when I had that gig in Ft.Myers Beach. Still, the photo from the CD cover says so much more.