Most of these were recorded and produced by students in my Digital Audio and Computer Music course for their production project. If they had access to talent to record, that was great, but if they didn’t, they were stuck with me and GenJam.
The recordings are single takes with the trumpet recorded via a mic and the rest of the band coming in as a pre-mixed stereo pair right out of the tone generator. Since the trumpet player typically hit lots of clams, the students had to edit and mix as best they could, which is what made it an interesting project. However, GenJam’s improvisations were always dead on, and the interactivity between us is very evident.
Since these are student productions, the results are mixed, so to speak, but this is a fair sample of the kinds of tunes we do. I’ve grouped them into categories I use to organize my playlists.
Hard Bop – My favorite genre: Think Blue Note Records, 50’s & 60’s
Movie & TV Music – I love adapting themes and cues
Hard Latin – More intense Latin tunes
Bossa Novas – Laid back Latin tunes
Straight-Ahead Swingers – The default jazz style for most folks
Holiday Tunes – We’ve got 41 in all, enough for a 4-hour gig