Beautifully played lionel! I actually am just now getting a chance to do some listening as I've been working pretty hard as of late. I ran a comparison to your without backing and with backing tracks. I just wanted to say that I loved the takes on both.
Without Backing - I can see how the challenge of playing acapella, but you really did a phenomenal job - especially since your timing was excellent! Impressively excellent, you've got a great sense. Filling up the void when you're playing without the backing is tough work - I feel like everytime I'm using silence it is misused time without a backing.But you really built some amazing lines and kept it entertaining! Great job
With Backing - Beautifully played, and a great showing of your skills on this one. I loved your lines here and your tone blended so well. Very impressive, thanks for sharing!
Today I plan to do my final take of Blue monk as it marks 30 days since the original! I ran haven't had the chance to shed yet, but I really appreciate you mentioning my improvement. Thanks for the inspiration!
Thanks very much but I've got some problems, without a metronome sometimes I'm lost in the tempo, I do my own and it is not so good, on the other hand I can play for relatively long time like this, another problem comes when I play the wrong note, since I underline a lot the 7ths and the 3rds when I play the wrong note, it destroys all the structure, I sometimes add a beat, half a measure, whatever and it's not my goal.
When I play with a metronome on 2nd and 4th beats, it's much better but I can't play more than 2 or 3 minutes.
My goal would be to play for 5 or 6 minutes, I can do it on the guitar or on the bass but not on the saxophone.
Well, I share a collection of what I said because when I say something, I'm not ashamed to demonstrate it.
First some takes from 2009 (alto saxophone), 2011 (tenor saxophone), 2012 and 2013 (cornet)
You will see compared to what I've been doing for years, you made giant steps in only few weeks.
So I encourage you to play and play again.