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Thanks for the kind words about the last recording I posted here

I need some honest criticism and help with this one;

Be as brutal as you like. I seem to struggle with faster stuff.

When I play ballads, I just play what comes into my head, and it is normally pretty melodic, I am in my comfort zone with anything below about 120 bpm. With faster tunes I tend to rely on licks and trills, and this is when I get in a rut.

In this tune, I play one scale and that is about it.

To move up to the next level I need to do some serious study, learn changes, and become less reliant on my ear. I listen very heavily to jazz, of all types, so the "listen and learn" principle does not work for me at this speed.

I will re-record this after a few weeks, taking your suggestions into account, so please be free with your comments, and please don't worry about offending me, I am not happy with this one!
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Overall I like your Alto tone... especially since you've only been playing for a year????? If that's the case, you've got a really good concept. Is that a "the Martin" horn? The upper register/palm keys does get a little shrill sounding, like every tone might split.
I kind of agree with Keith, I think you need to develop the solo more. You want to start easy, build through the middle and then take us out, like telling a story.
Thats a pretty long tune, and you were sort of stuck needing to fill-in a lot of time, without necessarily having anything more to say.
As far as the Tenor tone, it doesn't have as much character as your Alto tone. Especially down low. You need to put more air in the horn.. not more volume.. just air support. Your guitar playing is very tasteful... and I enjoyed the video work quite a bit, as far as transitioning between horns etc..
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