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    Default Saying Hello with some clips (fusion, jazz, shred, country, gypsy, tapping)

    Hey there!

    Just joining the forum, saying hello.....here's a bit about me:

    I'm really fortunate...music (playing, writing, recording, arranging) is all I do for a living...

    My instrument is guitar, but I compose at the keyboard, play drums and bass (started as a drummer)......and arrange professionally for just about every instrument......

    My main musical styles are fusion, jazz, prog, blues...but I play just about everything, not to limit myself...

    My guitar influences are very diverse, but fusion being the main thing:
    Scott Henderson,  Mike Landau, Pat Metheny being the main ones...of course, Eddie will always be one of my favorite players of all time.

    My fusion composition influences range from Russell Ferrante, Billy Childs, Chick Corea, Scott Henderson and Gary Willis, Weather Report, Brecker Brothers...

    My progressive rock composition influences are Planet X, Dream Theatre, Virgil Donati, Vai...

    Anyway....other stuff...

    Guitar Player magazine has launched it's own version of American Idol, called Guitar Hero and last year they asked for submissions from all over the world, and I've made the FINAL 10 out of thousands of submissions. As it turns out, they will be flying me to Cleveland the weekend of June 10-12 to perform one song (one I wrote specifically for the competition), with a live band at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in front of judges Steve Lukather (Toto), Joe Satriani and others. All contestants will be profiled on guitarplayer.com and in the pages of the magazine. There will also be additional photos, video, and audio content launched, to offer their songs (or performances) online. It will be webcast all over the planet, and so forth. More HERE

    In 2002, I was very fortunate to have my CD “released” on Allan Holdsworth's label, Gnarly Geezer Records...

    From that release, I received some great feedback from Steve Vai, Brett Garsed, Derryl Gabel, Shane Theriot, Greg Koch, Rusty Cooley...

    In 2003, I switched labels and was officially signed to Progressive Arts Music, and re-released the C.D. in October 2003.

    For this re-release, I went back into the studio and wrote 3 bonus tracks, and beefed up the guitar parts and the overall mix, making it a much better disc...(I also enhanced the C.D. with about 80 minutes of bonus mp3s in CD-ROM format, and 3 live video clips)

    My C.D. "Freedom", was on the official finalist's list of potential nominees for a Grammy this year for Best Contemporary Jazz Album: LIST HERE (I'm #29)

    Didn't make the final, but hey there's always next year!

    There are some clips below, but here are some from my current C.D.:

    ORIGINAL FUSION (from my C.D. “Freedom”)
    Give It Time Scott Jones © 2003 Freedom PAM-1022

    ORIGINAL FUSION (from my C.D. “Freedom”)
    Convergence Scott Jones © 2003 Freedom PAM-1022 ...I'm playing acoustic drums on this track, as well as guitar, I sequenced the bass part.

    ALTERNATE TAKE
    Convergence ALT TAKE

    I was very fortunate to have released this new version to some very encouraging reviews...

    Here are those reviews:

    REVIEWS

    I'm fortunate to have been in Keyboard magazines Discoveries column, Recording magazine's Reader's tapes, Music and Computers magazine's Spotlight column.

    I have recently confirmed my line up for my next C.D. "Convergence", to be released in 2006 :

    ...Dave Weckl's keyboardist Steve Weingart,

    ...Steve Vai's and Planet X drummer Virgil Donati,

    ...as well as Planet X bassist Rufus Philpot,

    ...and Tribal Tech bassist Gary Willis,

    ...OHM and Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland will be doing a guest solo on one track,

    As well as:

    ...Scott Henderson, Scott Lerner, Guthrie Govan, Ron Thal, Greg Howe, Joel Hoekstra

    ...Bassist Gerald Veasley will be doing a duet with me on one track.

    ...legendary Nashville Bassist Keith Horne will be playing one track.

    Producer/engineer Anton Pukshansky, is aboard also...Anton is a Grammy award winner for his work on Santana's "Supernatural".

    Here's a Flash Intro I'm having developed for the new release:

    FLASH INTRO

    Anyway, here are some other clips, not released, though I'd like to share them with you; I like to play in a bunch of different styles and these reflect that best:

    STRAIGHT AHEAD JAZZ
    Sjones-GIANT STEPS 2004 my take on the Coltrane tune

    SHRED
    Sjones-44 Seconds with Virgil Donati (an unreleased jam I did over one of Virgil's solos from his CD "Stretch")

    GYPSY / DJANGO-STYLE
    Sjones-All of Me My take of the jazz standard "All Of Me", played from a Django-esque approach. I did the backing track also and produced it to sound "old".

    FUSION BALLAD
    Sjones-Beck-like Ballad a bit of Beck, Henderson and Holdsworth on this...

    MODERN CLASSICAL
    Sjones-Modern Classical

    COUNTRY
    Sjones-COUNTRY PICKIN' TUNE

    SMOOTH JAZZ
    Sjones-Sanborn Smooth Jazz Jam

    MORE STRAIGHT AHEAD JAZZ
    Sjones-"Softly As in a Morning Sunrise" a C minor blues-based standard with a cool set of turn-around changes. Fun to play over.

    TAPPING-GIANT STEPS (JAZZ)
    Sjones-GIANT STEPS All completely tapped...no picking...more of fusion, Holdsworth-ish approach than my other takes.

    O COME EMMANUEL
    Sjones O Come Emmanuel PERFORMED LIVE AT MY CHURCH (my arrangement with a "Matrix" and "Evanescence" feel...this is totally based on the soundtrack of "Revolutions" and an Evanesence song) I'm the arranger/orchestrator/director/guitarist, electric sitar with choir, orchestra (horns, strings), full contemporary rhythm section; - (there is a tapping solo around 5:00)

    KRANTZ-LIKE JAM
    Sjones-Krantz-like jam A jam I did in the style of Wayne Krantz.

    BLUES
    Sjones-BLUES

    FUNK/FUSION
    Sjones-Brecker Funk Jam

    OLD SCHOOL HENDRIX-STYLE SOLO GUITAR
    Sjones-Hendrix-ish Solo Piece

    MORE TAPPING (ROCK)
    Sjones-Legato Jam Rock based solo, mostly tapping on this one, more like Hallebeek than Holdsworth.

    JAZZ SOLOING FROM THE STYLISTIC APPROACHES OF SCOFIELD, METHENY AND HENDERSON
    Sjones-"Nardis" My take on the Miles Davis tune. I played it as three different approaches, one solo after another in the same track: as Scofield; as Metheny, and the last one as Henderson (with a bit of Landau)...the reharmonization and chord voicings are in the Holdsworth approach.

    G3-ish BALLAD
    Sjones-Satriani/Vai-ish Ballad

    SOLO JAZZ GUITAR (JOE PASS-LIKE)
    Sjones-arrangement of Jobim's "Wave" in the style of Joe Pass

    BRECKER FUSION (w-BASS SOLO)
    Sjones-Brecker jam with guitar and bass solo GUITAR: I recorded the guitar solo around 5 months ago; BASS: I just played the bass solo (no pick, by the way), the rest of the part was already part of the backing track...

    MODERN ROCK
    Sjones - "On the Way Down" Sjones© 2002 (an original Modern Rock song written with my co-writer and vocalist Mindy back in 2002)

    SOLO JAZZ GUITAR (NYLON-STRING)
    Sjones-arrangement of "Days of Wine and Roses" -the jazz standard written by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, on my nylon string, no pick, no backing track.

    PLANET X-LIKE TUNE w-VIRGIL DONATI
    Sjones-Planet-X-like tune (an unreleased song I wrote over three of Virgil's solos from his CD "Stretch"....I'm playing guitar, bass and keys)

    ---------

    Thanks for the opportunity to share.....glad to be a part of this forum!!

    I'd love to hear from you guys!

    Peace,

    Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Jones
    I'm really fortunate...music (playing, writing, recording, arranging) is all I do for a living...
    Lucky bastard...

    Just kidding...welcome aboard. Great stuff, too! Nice to have another pro musician around here to talk shop with. Drop me a line anytime...

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    Worked for me anyway. I still have colleagues asking me what it is like to fuck a green womanoid with seventeen breasts.
    Alternatively just walk in and inform everyone that alcoholism is indeed a disease and that they should be less judgemental and perhaps a little more supportive."
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    Welcome, Scott Jones.

    Regards,
    Scott Jones

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    Now for the other side of the coin.

    This past weekend I recorded me and my buddy playing live in his basement.

    I used a stereo condenser mic I got from eBay for $33.......straight into a minidisc recorder.

    It sounded decent, but my fuckin' D-Tuna would properly drop to a D...so my shit was a little out of tune, but fuck it....I was too lazy to undo the nut thingy to tune with that thing....tuner...whatever you call it.

    Anyhow, thanks for the clips...they kinda sounded like the solo in Big Fat Money.
    Actually I think most of us are Dave, Sam, and Mike fans. There's just a small group of people who have strange allegiances and like to get into petty pissing contests that I can't believe everyone on this site isn't bored of. - Brett

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    Little Dreamer
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    Quote Originally Posted by sixstring
    Lucky bastard...

    Just kidding...welcome aboard. Great stuff, too! Nice to have another pro musician around here to talk shop with. Drop me a line anytime...

    -Bill
    Ha!

    As I said.....I'm really fortunate......and very grateful!

    Checked out your site (the band one), no clips though?

    Love to talk shop anytime!

    Peace,

    Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by Majestic
    Welcome, Scott Jones.

    Regards,
    Scott Jones


    Small world!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy
    Now for the other side of the coin.

    This past weekend I recorded me and my buddy playing live in his basement.

    I used a stereo condenser mic I got from eBay for $33.......straight into a minidisc recorder.

    It sounded decent, but my fuckin' D-Tuna would properly drop to a D...so my shit was a little out of tune, but fuck it....I was too lazy to undo the nut thingy to tune with that thing....tuner...whatever you call it.

    Anyhow, thanks for the clips...they kinda sounded like the solo in Big Fat Money.
    Hey man!

    I record a TON of stuff straight to minidisc with a stereo mic!

    The main thing is: have fun!


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    You must feel very fortunate to be playing with some of the greatest musicians!
    Virgil Donati is an awesome drummer!
    Good luck and may your music be heard by millions!
    Just go for it!

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    Great stuff - I particularly like the Django stle piece! The more fusion-y stuff has a very Frank Gambale like tone, also kind of like Holdsworth but with more attack. What are you using there?
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    Love the nylon guitar jazz piece..very cool
    "Well, he's an intelligent, well-read guy. But it's like he can't connect the dots somehow." (EVH Guitar World, March 1998).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmy
    Now for the other side of the coin.

    This past weekend I recorded me and my buddy playing live in his basement.

    I used a stereo condenser mic I got from eBay for $33.......straight into a minidisc recorder.

    It sounded decent, but my fuckin' D-Tuna would properly drop to a D...so my shit was a little out of tune, but fuck it....I was too lazy to undo the nut thingy to tune with that thing....tuner...whatever you call it.

    Anyhow, thanks for the clips...they kinda sounded like the solo in Big Fat Money.
    I've been doing this to record my band pracitces for a while b/c its easy to hand out CDs to the band, and it really does help to go back and listen

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    Thanks for all the replies, guys!

    I've been a bit out of the loop this past month.....sorry.....

    I do appreciate your time!!

    Peace,

    Scott

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    Oh, and since I've past the time limit to edit my original post.....

    Here is an updated link to the "Convergence" ALTERNATE TAKE

    The C.D. version linked in the original post is not currently online.

    Peace,

    Scott

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    Love the choral/orchestral piece. Also the funk jam reminds me the CAB Tony Macalpine stuff. Are you a fan of his fusion work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hemingway
    Love the choral/orchestral piece. Also the funk jam reminds me the CAB Tony Macalpine stuff. Are you a fan of his fusion work?
    Thanks so much for listening!

    Yeah, I really like Tony's playing with CAB, but moreso with Planet X

    Peace,

    Scott

 

 

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