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Bob Elliott

2/19/2013 3:39:25 PM

In the Wee Small Hours
Just about as good as sound gets. Like Frank has some magical microphone, and that album is going to be the high water mark for all time of recording fidelity.


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Bob Elliott

2/22/2013 9:42:50 AM


Been obsessed with this song and this album and Sinatra this week.

Had to learn the song. Great changes in it. Do you get that feeling where you're obsessed with a song, and then you get to learn it, and it's so cool to enter into the song, know how it's put together? Especially the older songs with flated nines and diminished whatever's. wow. I learn so much about how notes can go from these things.

Something about a swing rhythm seems to be more accommodating to complex changes. Why is that?

Such melodies. Beautiful structures. Just makes me want to learn the whole standards catalog, and makes me want to write.

Tom o'Brien comes today. If we write, I want to start with just melody, and then mess with the chords that cradle the melody best. Tom has pretty advanced understanding of 9s 7s 11s 13s. We can do some great changes. This time I think maybe not so weird as we usually do when we get together. Kind of feeling like writing a universal song, one that makes all kinds of people want to cover it.

Just came off a long binge of hip hop followed by musicals, and then Sinatra took over my head. Things come in in big waves that last about a month.


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Bryon Tosoff

2/22/2013 12:01:52 PM


agree Bob, those standards are great.such wonderful works. and the way music works its magic on us as we appreciate other styles we discover over time. Classical is another place to catch some marvelous transitions and chord shapes and voicings, like Beethoven's tunes, such deep pathos and dynamics and huge sweeping drama happening there in many of his songs and also Debussy some stellar sounds too many to mention. but cool on those jazzy chords you are talking about, I love those sounds, especially when I get to use rootless chords, chord substitutions and other such things , its an amazing journey listening and playing those great standards.

cheers
bryon


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Steve Ison

2/23/2013 2:13:59 PM ---- Updated 2/23/2013 2:19:17 PM


Just went and listened to Wee Small hours -i've never heard it before - and it is indeed a beautiful song..Great changes and lovelorn yearning vibe..
The odd bits of Sinatra style kinda big band stuff i've heard before i havn't really liked as i've found the vibe abit too smug n self satisfied -but don't get that from this song at all..
Maybe i've been too readily dismissive
I'm totally amazed with your listening habits tho Bob..Going from hip-hop to 'wee small hours' is going from the most harmonically simple pop music has to offer to the most harmonically complex..
Really looking forward to hearing anything you n Tom come up with collabing..Thats a brave move to start with just the melody tho
Gotta say i've never done that..

My listening habits for the last 6 months i think have been pretty much packed with 60s Girl Groups and tamla,soul...and my appetite shows no signs of abating just yet..
Just something very vibrant,alive and magical about that music for me..
I've noticed doo-wop chord sequences creeping into my songwriting quite naturally from it..But there's often a whole world of freedom in those simple chord progressions too if you're in the right space to get vocal lines- which i love and can still be fresh


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Tom O'Brien

2/28/2013 10:06:31 AM


Steve, Bob never ceases to amaze me. I know he probably doesn't like the moniker "genius," but it truly applies to him. We recorded some killer material, which I'm sure Bob will be sharing when he deems it ready. We didn't do any writing, just worked on each other's songs. He's going to produce my next album, and as far as I'm concerned, he can produce everything I write. My next effort is going to be largely acoustic. We finished two tracks already.


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Steve Ison

2/28/2013 12:41:19 PM


Woh-Thats fantastic Tom..Looking forward to hearing the tracks :)


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