[JPL] Ray/Basie Band

Ron Gill ron_gill at verizon.net
Thu Oct 5 14:05:22 EDT 2006


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From: Jae Sinnett <jaejazz at yahoo.com>
Date: 2006/10/04 Wed PM 11:02:06 CDT
To: Jazz Programmers Mailing List <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
Subject: Re: [JPL] Ray/Basie Band

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While writing and reading my JPL just so happens that I am listening to the 
Charles/Basie recording. Even with all the varied opinions initially on the 
subject, I think the fear is that it would be less than what it is. 
Fortunately, it's a GREAT vocal recording, and I predict: IT WILL BE UP FOR A 
GRAMMY AND WILL WIN FOR BEST VOCAL OF THE YEAR! It's one of the finest vocal 
Ray recordings I've heard.
Ron Gill
Jazz Gallery
WGBH 89.7 FM
Boston, MA


Well, the way I look at it is that there are two great 
performances....combined to make one. No it's not the ideal way to record but 
John's idea about this is admittedly intriging....at least from my 
perspective. The band on the initial recordings didn't record well but Ray's 
vocal work is outstanding. Why not use the technology to put it in a better 
perspective? We all know how a poor instrumental performance can ruin great 
singing and visa versa and take away from the recording. The Basie band was 
Ray's favorite orchestra so the fit is logical. It certainly swings and the 
energy feels real and most importantly it sounds like for the most part they 
are recording together. What a great way to salvage Ray's performance from 
the initial recording and put the Basie band in a high profile situation and 
give them some tremendous exposure. The listeners love it also so it's a win 
win situation all around. 
   
  Jae Sinnett    

Jae Sinnett <jaejazz at yahoo.com> wrote: 
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Well, I must confess that when I first heard about this idea....my thoughts 
weren't about the positive. Now that I've listened....and listened 
again.....I'm truly blown away. Knowing what we do about this project it's 
astonishing how this was put together - at the level it is. Musicians were 
definitely involved in this editing and mixing process which was the smartest 
thing John could have done. Well, they had to be involved. Very good ones. 

The number one thing that is impressive to me is how the band and the 
arrangements are paralleling Ray's "energy." Truly amazing. I hear some pitch 
and time situations.....like the band at times slowing down or speeding up to 
match the time of Ray's vocals or him singing slightly sharp to the band like 
on "Let the Good Times Roll." These are some of the potential problems in 
putting together a project like this - like matching the time and pitches but 
the technology today is amazing. You can change pitches...speed up or slow 
down the piece without changing the pitch and a kzillion other things which 
I'm sure they used a lot of to make it work. I would bet they left some of 
that in there to make it sound more "human." I honestly believe that if we 
didn't know how this was put together most would never have a clue. Great 
job. 

Jae Sinnett
WHRV FM
Norfolk VA 




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