The one thing I admire about your posts is that you have a great attitude about our (my?) critiques - an open, non-confrontational mind. Having said that, I once again mention your poor intonation.
From what you write in your posts, it seems that you are paying more attention to the technical aspects of making the recordings and your equipment than you are in making sure your instrument is tuned to the environment's pitch.
Good tuning is critical. I am curious about exactly how you prepare for doing this. How do you "tune" your horn before you play with these tracks? I recall someone in earlier posts mentioning that you should obtain a drone and learn to match various pitches being produced by the drone. In your case, that seemed like wonderful advice.
I don't know anything about such equipment but I think you need to find something like that and then practice matching various pitches (maybe even the same tone being played flat and sharp) so you can match the exact pitch with your horn. Good luck. DAVE
Wow, there's some great stuff in there, some really inspired playing. The major thing though, is the intonation, which was pretty dire! A couple more weeks on that horn should correct the intonation, hopefully. I thought some of the phrasing was a bit dodgy in the melody. It's a hard transition from tenor to soprano. I applaud your taste in tunes!
Intonation wise, this take is a lot closer to the mark, and you sound much more comfortable with the horn. I got a little lost in the latter part of the impro, chordwise. Nice work.Thanks Dave! I agree you have to hear and feel the note to be able to play in tune and I am usually pretty aware of this. In this case the mouthpiece did seem to make a big difference for me though. Using my old mouthpiece I was able to cobble this together with a few takes and some editing. Hopefully I'll be able to play straight through and make a video next time. I used much more minimal mixing this time. FWIW, Here's "I'll Remember April" again. I left the old recording with other mouthpiece up for comparison.
My tuning / warm up routine consisted of matching overtones, playing for a little while without headphones and getting in tune with the track. Then I put the headphones on and do more adjustments if needed.Olds: That was an enormous improvement over previous recordings. I'll admit that I am not familiar with the tune but this recording allowed me to "hear" the chord changes much better, just from what you played. So what did you do besides use a different mouthpiece?
Comment . . . that backing track seemed useless in support of the melody. DAVE