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Thanks to Alan at www.cmelodysax.co.uk for the blog on my take on Soul Eyes. I just found the site today and thank everyone for the nice comments and constructive critisizm.

Now that my newborn is 6 weeks old and my debut album is comming along, I will be posting some fresh stuff.

Also, someone here mentioned that I should record an album with the CMelody..............well, my keyboardist has friends that own an old circa1930 Steinway Grand(which made many appearances at Carnigie Hall), and we just finished recording a few of my original ballads with it............and of course the Old CMelody will go with the Old Grand......
I hope to have the album done by December, and a portion of the profits will go to abused children charities.

This Masquerade is back up on the site here

Thanks again for the comments, I know I have a long way to go with learning how to play the sax, but have learned a lot since I've been here.

Your site looks great Al

Later, GREG
 

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i'd also like to say thanks to Alan, i bought 2 mouthpieces from him and he was great, highly recommended!
 

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Greg - congratulations on the new baby, hope you're all getting plenty of sleep !

I've put a link to an extract from your 'Masquerade' on my C-Mel Players page, lovely contrast to Soul Eyes. - "Gregory Fiske", just before the Bud Freeman entry :) . Look forward to hearing more from you.

Loads more work to do on the website yet, it's just starting to come together as a resource - I hope it's both as useful and enjoyable to everyone else as it is to me, that's the idea.

Happy to feature anyone else's C-Mel sounds (or even just info) on the page, email me thro' the website or PM here.
 

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Masquerade is a fantastic track Greg, you should be proud :)

cmelodysax.co.uk is great. Check out the blog!
 

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Bring on the C-CD

Greg,

Excellent recordings. Soul Eyes Slays me! That's the sound I hear in my head - i think the comments about a Ben Webster quality are valid. I'm envious. Put me down for a CD order.

Great idea to post C-mel recordings with Alan.

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At the risk of giving cmelodysax a heart attack, I've got to say that's a great pop sound on This Masquerade. Very tenor-like, but able to reach above for that alto quality as well. Glad I gave it a listen.
 

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No heart attack Grumps, just a little gob-smacked :) - but, being serious, I always approached C-Mel in the past, as being a mini-tenor with the convenience of 'C'.

However, since listening to the growing number of featured C-Mel players, I've noticed that the modern players (e.g. Lovano, Pietro, Robinson, Haines - and yes, Greg) all have a slightly different approach - but still seem to be able to very much emphasise the uniqueness of the C. I even like Braxton, although I still can't relate to his sound on a personal level.

The C-Mel seems at it's best being played relatively gently, by comparison to the more forceful capabilities of it's Eb and Bb siblings - but is certainly no wimp. It's made me re-appraise my approach to playing one with a modern style and sound, yet still appreciating, even drawing on, elements of the 20's style of Tram and Wiedoeft etc.

And it keeps me off the streets, trying to find more sound samples...;) Greg, I hope you won't mind if I make the comment "beautifully understated" about your style - I really missed Masquerade, glad it's back !
 

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Thanks all............I will keep everyone informed, I appreciate that!.........I will do my best to get a clip out with the old Grand this week...........

Alan stated : "Greg, I hope you won't mind if I make the comment "beautifully understated" about your style - I really missed Masquerade, glad it's back !".............well, I better raise the standard a little higher for myself now, no pressure!:(

ukebert stated : "Masquerade is a fantastic track Greg, you should be proud" .......I recorded that soon after I cleaned up the horn.....the thing was black when I bought it from a flee market. Pads looked great so I put it back together and T. Masq. was one of the first songs I recorded with it. I was pleasently surprised with the sound........ even the name C Melody at the time was new to me!

Grumps, I've been 99% rock n roll for the last 4 years, (playing in 6 groups now!)..........so most of my recordings, including the upcoming album, have a pop sound to them..........Next year I hope to start a jazz quartet again and work on the jazz chops.

later!!,,,,,GREG
 

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dude....

oh my.

I just listened to the Masquerade file.
thank you. that was well done indeed.


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One more thing, while I peruse your website. :)

don't forget to post an announcement when the CD is available. :)


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Your sound in TM is the best sounding C-mel I've heard to date. It doesn't sound very "gay" at all. (That's how my musician friends described the sound of my C-mel).
 

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Thanks Greg !

Greg - I've changed the title to "Thanks Greg..." :D

Seriously tho' - when I made the comment "beautifully understated" about Masquerade (and indeed Soul Eyes), I meant that you resisted the urge to needlessly add in fast runs, which can spoil the mood of a beautiful ballad.

No need to raise the standard, I suspect it's naturally getting higher all by itself. I look forward to featuring a clip from your new CD on the website - now there's pressure ;)

Take Care, Al.
 
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