Alain Caron

Mental note. New musician I just discovered, a bass player named Alain Caron. Very cool jazz, funk with some great writing and great progressions. Just listening to the 2nd album right now.

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Band Looking for Studio to Record for Free

I swear not a day went by in my old studio life that I didn’t get a call like this.

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The bands would always tell me they had x number of buyers ready to buy their CD and when they got paid for them, they would pay the studio time. My patented answer was always, “pre sell and collect the money first…”

That never happened.

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New Music/Musicians List – January 2014

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When I find music or artists I dig, I beat them to death listening over and over.  Then when those have run their course, I go on a new search.  Now I’m on a search.  I’ve been using Pandora and Spotify to find new artists.  The genres I like are tough ones to find new music.  I love jazz, progressive jazz, and progressive “prog” rock.

Sometimes I find cool new artists on Pandora or Spotify and forget about them.   So here I’m going to keep a list of cool music and musicians so I can find them later.  Here we go:

  • Janek Gwizdala – instrumental, spacey, jazzy.  Has several albums.  Only listened to one so far.
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Jazz is not rap or 80′s cover tunes played with jazz instruments

The Red Door - Salt Lake City, Utah
The Red Door - Salt Lake City, Utah

The Red Door – Salt Lake City, Utah

The lovely lass and I decided we wanted to go out on the town last night.  We are always wanting to find some nice live jazz music to listen to.  We’d love to find a live jazz band playing some Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Count Basie, Dave Brubek.  This ain’t New York though.  It is Salt Lake.

We found a local club here in Salt Lake called the Red Door.  The Red Door is a martini bar downtown which boasts “live jazz” every Saturday night.  We were stoked to listen to some live jazz and, believe it or not, experience my personal first ever martini.

The atmosphere of the club was great.  Loved the mood lighting.  Very New York-like.  The martinis were frighteningly fantastic.

Jazz?

The live band looked the part.  A trio of acoustic standup bass, jazz guitar and a small drum kit.  The drummer was playing a Gretsch, my kit of choice.  The band also had the look, with their suit and ties…

But the music wasn’t jazz.  I didn’t hear one single bar of anything resembling swing.  Instead, the band was covering pop and rap tunes.  They played straight ahead 4/4 cover tunes of Doctor Dre, Macklemore, and from the movie The Breakfast Club, Don’t You Forget About Me by Simple Minds.

Not exactly John Coltrane.

We didn’t stick around long enough to see if they played Wang Chung.

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Conclusion

If you’re looking for a great martini in Salt Lake City, check out the Red Door.  If you’re looking for great live jazz in Salt Lake, I’ll have to get back to you on that…

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Pro Sound Blog Goes Mobile

It has been a few years.  Time to put in a new template here.  I’ve installed a theme here which allows the site to be viewed with a clean look on desktop computers, tablets and smart phones.

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Now you can enjoy Pro Sound Blog on any device.  The design is very basic and I’m sure I’ll make some tweaks to the look over time.  But for now it is set for any device.  Check it out…

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