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by Greg Avakian
Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:47 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: What are you essential edits?
Replies: 131
Views: 36904

I'm seeing my dad this weekend and one of the things we are doing is editing some more music samples for another lecture he is doing on Louis Armstrong for the 'summer Satchmo fest' in New Orleans (BTW, this is a terrific event with lots of free trad jazz (outdoors), jazz in clubs, lectures, parties...
by Greg Avakian
Wed Jul 25, 2007 9:42 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: What are you essential edits?
Replies: 131
Views: 36904

So he felt your Dad set the swing repetoire, at least what was available from Columbia. I'd be interested in your take on this. I'd agree. If you read the downbeat lifetime achievement award presentation I linked to (above), I believe the author considers this one of the 5 major contributions my da...
by Greg Avakian
Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:46 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: What are you essential edits?
Replies: 131
Views: 36904

Thanks. :)

Well, you can get a pretty good sense of the album from the lecture, so PM or send me an email with your address.

Not surprisingly, the first two requests were from Lawrence and John. :)

I'm going away tomorrow for the weekend, so I'll try to send stuff out next week.
by Greg Avakian
Wed Jul 25, 2007 10:16 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: What are you essential edits?
Replies: 131
Views: 36904

Another factor comes with the cost of recording. As the cost went down, the number of "excessive" recordings went up. The focus on making a recording your best shot diminished because another recording opportunity was just around the corner. Untrue. Even the biggest names in the swing era AND 50s/6...
by Greg Avakian
Fri Jul 20, 2007 1:24 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: What are you essential edits?
Replies: 131
Views: 36904

I don't know about that. I don't think the intro is repeated again. Maybe we have different versions. It's no big deal anyway, in the wider scheme of the thread. I'm not 100% sure, but I think there's only one studio version by Glenn Miller. That's the popular version used by minnie's mochers/mad d...
by Greg Avakian
Fri Jul 20, 2007 11:22 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: What are you essential edits?
Replies: 131
Views: 36904

Y'all have trust issues. ;) Laurie's mom once said something brilliant along the lines of: "The best introductions are the ones that have nothing to do with the rest of the song but fit perfectly." Jumpin' is a great example. The intro captures the simplicity of the song, the excitement, the 'get u...
by Greg Avakian
Fri Jul 20, 2007 10:02 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: What are you essential edits?
Replies: 131
Views: 36904

Y'all have trust issues. ;) Laurie's mom once said something brilliant along the lines of: "The best introductions are the ones that have nothing to do with the rest of the song but fit perfectly." Jumpin' is a great example. The intro captures the simplicity of the song, the excitement, the 'get up...
by Greg Avakian
Wed Jul 18, 2007 3:29 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: What are you essential edits?
Replies: 131
Views: 36904

djstarr wrote:.... then perhaps the song wouldn't always start a jam.
LOL! :D
by Greg Avakian
Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:07 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: "Safe music" / "Unsafe Music"
Replies: 4
Views: 2009

OK ...thank you for clarifying that.
by Greg Avakian
Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:46 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: "Safe music" / "Unsafe Music"
Replies: 4
Views: 2009

Depends on the audience, doesn't it?
by Greg Avakian
Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:44 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: New GEORGE GEE CD is ready!
Replies: 8
Views: 3341

Love the CD. Reasonable tempi, great sound, new arrangements. Also a great CD because the flavor of the arrangements allow it to act as transition music between vintage and modern songs.
by Greg Avakian
Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:38 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Scene demands vs quality music
Replies: 4
Views: 1922

Agree on both counts. These days, I take fewer gig's where I have to compromise. I am very grateful that after starting the first Lindy dance in Philly and then giving it to someone else I am now the house DJ at a new dance that I didn't have to start. On the other hand, the other weekly dance has g...
by Greg Avakian
Tue Jul 17, 2007 5:34 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: What are you essential edits?
Replies: 131
Views: 36904

Do those who play authentic Swing era recordings have this problem? Curious! One leaves the Swing era recordings on the side and plays recordings from another era for Swing dancers and suddenly they require editing so that people can dance to them. Wow! I didn't know there were fake recordings that...
by Greg Avakian
Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:18 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Trading collections
Replies: 73
Views: 34607

If I wasn't afraid they'd play it for our dancers I'd temporarily load my system with crap just to see them grab it like the plot from some cheesy sci-fi movie where the hero uploads some computer virus that causes the evil computer system to overload and implode just before the closing credits. Bi...
by Greg Avakian
Mon May 28, 2007 11:43 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Trading collections
Replies: 73
Views: 34607

Well, I don't feel jealous of traders. Although I do admire DJs who know more about their music than me, so I might be jealous of Jesse, Rayned or Shortydave for instance. While I absolutely regret purchases that I have made, I do not regret the process that I have gone through. And, as I said befor...