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Catalina Sun (with Rok41)


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Philip18

 Genre: Smooth Jazz

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I put down the two finger-picked rhythm tracks first - using the Maton Steel string with an open G tuning with a capo on the second fret. Then the lead line using the Gibson Howard Roberts. Next I tried to put a bass line, and there started to flounder. Couldn't get anything I was happy with so asked Chris Flynn (Rok41) if he would help out. Chris took my three tracks, added some wonderful bass work, light drums and a few ambient sounds. He also did some work getting the lead guitar a bit more even than in the original version and generally getting the right blend of warm and bright in the overall sound. He has transformed the tune and I can't thank him enough for his work on this. He thought of the title, too!

I hope you enjoy listening.
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Uploaded: Oct 25, 2012 - 04:42:54 PM
Last Updated: Oct 25, 2012 - 05:21:30 PM Last Played: May 12, 2017 - 04:44:50 PM
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Fire_Angel said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
Holy Smoke.
Well done to both of you! Lovely tune, lovely playing, ace mixing. Thanks for the download.
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Philip18 said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it - thanks for stopping by!
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Jarvoid said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
Slight waft of espanol....
and very nice waft of drum and bass.....hey this could be an "Albatross" for the 21st C........very nice instrumental...well ,better than nice ....super ...

Cheers

Jarvo
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Philip18 said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
Waft of Espanol
Thanks Chris - I appreciate the generous comments!
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gadzooks said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
Catalina Sun
Fantastic!! Just what I needed ... I am always expecting to hear your smooth vocals but what a pleasure to hear an instrumental ... that run up the scale at about 2:10 is sublime ... could have listened to a piece twice as long.Chris ... you did a great job on the production.
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Philip18 said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
Thanks
I do like to work on instrumentals - and having Chris to help makes it all the better! Thanks for the comments, Stan.
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PoorFarm said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
Yes sir
Love the guitar, bass and mix. Closed my eyes and it took me away. Very nice indeed.
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Philip18 said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
Thanks
It is a sort of "close your eyes" tune - glad it worked out that way! Thanks for the comment - much appreciated!
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Gaylen75 said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
beautiful
TOPS!
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Philip18 said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it, Gaylen - thanks for stopping by!
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jiguma said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
Nice collab gents!
Lovely sounds on the guitars for starters, and a pleasing mix. Bass is subtle, yet (as expected) beautifully played.
Very nice post indeed.
N
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Philip18 said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
Hi Neil
I am happy with the tone of the guitars - and more than happy with the bass playing! Thanks for the comment!
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alackbass said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
Catalina Sun (with Rok41)
Lovely track! Excellent playing from two fine musicians. Great mix!
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Philip18 said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
Hi Andrew
Always good to hear from you andrew - thanks for the comment!
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PeterB7858 said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
Catalina Sun
A slice of goodness, guys. Mellow, reflective, spacious. Tasteful playing Philip. High quality bass, arrangement and mix, Chris. Left me wanting more... Congratulations. Regards to both of you, Peter.
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Philip18 said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
Thanks
"A slice of goodness " - that's a nice comment! Glad you liked it, and see you soon!
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SCJohnson59 said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
Echoes ...
of Pat Metheny and Mark Egan! ... KILLER!!! :)
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Philip18 said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
Thanks
Hi Scotty. I suspect more of Mark Egan than Pat Methany, but your comments are much appreciated!
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oldlibmike said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
Great results
Guess it all worked out...all this analog talk confuses me...isn't a capo a kind of duck? :) In all seriousness this is very well performed - lots of talent there.
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Philip18 said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
Thanks
I'm not sure what tone you'd get strapping a duck on the second fret of a guitar, but I suspect the whole exercise would go badly... Thanks for listening and for the comment - much appreciated!
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finkeldink said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
Very nice
Flows so good.

You guys put together a very relaxing track.
A shorty but goody for certain.
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Philip18 said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it, Mike - thanks for listening and for leaving a comment!
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johnwhitehead said 1704 days ago (October 25th, 2012)
Sun
Lovely melody and warm fluid playing. Love your lead guitar tone. Chris' additions are all superb.
Wanted this to go on. Too short! Great track, Phillip
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Philip18 said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks for that, John. The compliments are much appreciated!
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Narad said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Catalina Sun
Lovely play and sunshining mix! :)
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Philip18 said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Thanks
I appreciate the comments, Harald - thanks for stopping by!
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magnatone said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Catalina Sun
you two make beautiful music together - love this!
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Philip18 said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks for that comment, Karen - much appreciated!
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SylviaD said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Philip and Chris
This production is completely magical. The lead guitar and melody are gorgeous, and Chris' subtle undertones throughout complete the tropical flavor to perfection. I too, wish it was twice as long. Beautiful work, my friends.
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Philip18 said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it, Sylvia. thanks for listening and for the compliments re the playing - much appreciated!
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Loob said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Love the harmonics.
Light and flowing! Very nice work to all involved!
Philip18 said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Hi Freddy
Thanks for that, Freddy! I like harmonics too - a lot easier to get a few ringing with the open tuning, I find. Thanks for stopping by!
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Sigmund said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Catalina Sun
This is just so mellow and so smooth, it goes so nice with my morning coffee. Guitar and bass are blended well - Chris you did a great job with this. Philip your guitar tone is perfect for this trip into mellow land. Enjoyed - thanks!
Sig
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Philip18 said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Thanks
I appreciate the comments, Sig - glad you enjoyed spending some time in mellow land :-)
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richard13 said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Truly beautiful
A warm and transporting tune, magical playing and sublime mixing/production. A maƱana state of mind. Thanks too for the personal copy.
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Philip18 said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Thanks
That's high praise, Richard - and it is much appreciated! Thanks for listening and for the compliment of a download.
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rok41 said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Catalina Sun
Philip, thanks for trusting me with your super smooth guitar composition. I really enjoyed! I like the way it all turned out. Rok
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Philip18 said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Thanks
I'm very happy with it, Chris - and I know the difference between the first version I sent you and where it ended up! You made it happen.
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SylviaD said 1701 days ago (October 28th, 2012)
Chris
We have all learned that you can be trusted with ANY piece of music! Your magic is obvious everywhere it is applied. Love ya!
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rok41 said 1701 days ago (October 28th, 2012)
Aww Sylvia
You are too too sweet...love ya too!
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Moviz said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Beautiful
Just beautifully moody...... I could have listened to this for hours... lovely work and recording.... just wish I could play like that, regards M
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Philip18 said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it, Maurice - thanks for the kind comments.
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Songwriterz said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
So beautiful
Uuuuhhh that's beautiful !!
It sure brings out a calmness... very very nice work you guys! Love Heidi
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Philip18 said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Hello!
Good to hear from you Heidi - and delighted you liked the tune. Thanks for listening and for the generous comments.
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Feter said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Catalina Sun
Gorgeous playing and recording ..sentimental !!
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Philip18 said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Thanks
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Vic Holman said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Catalina Sun
smooth! great tone on the lead. and yes, chris did a great job on his end. super work guys
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Philip18 said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks for the comments, Vic - much appreciated!
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egobandit said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
this
has a nice brightness to it its very soothing great work by Rock41 great collab!
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Philip18 said 1703 days ago (October 26th, 2012)
Thanks
I appreciate the comments - Chris is a wonderful bass player and has great skills at the mixing desk. Thanks for stopping by!
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davajonah said 1702 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
I just
hit the DL button after a few bars. Absolutely gorgeous and such a great mixing job too. Beautiful. Thank you for making this available.
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Philip18 said 1702 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
Thanks
Kind words, Dave, and I thank you for them! I hope you enjoy the download.
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DWL said 1702 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
Lovely work Peter
Smooth and easy. Time to lie back and relax (if only it wasn't so bloody cold here!)

Cheers

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Philip18 said 1702 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
Thanks
Glad you liked it, Dick. It's Philip rather than Peter - but the music matters more than the names! Thanks for listening and for leaving a comment - much appreciated!
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PaulaMunk said 1702 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
Nothing
could be more warm than guitars played with such feeling. Thanks, you two.
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Philip18 said 1702 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
Warm guitars
Thanks for the kind comment, Char - much appreciated!
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Les_Kloo said 1702 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
Catalina Sun
A beauty. Brings to mind a carefree afternoon. Very classy work, gents.
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Philip18 said 1702 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
Thanks
Glad you liked it, Les - thanks for listening and for taking the time to comment!
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spitlogic said 1702 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
Yep
I like that subtle push of the guitar to hit the front. It seems to smoothly fluctuate. Im a big fan of big drums, but then If you had that it may not be smooth jazz anymore.
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Philip18 said 1702 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
Thanks
I appreciate the comments on the song - thank you! Interesting point about the drums, but I must say I was pretty happy with Chris's light touch there. Perhaps the next tune will be something bigger :-)
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ste said 1702 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
lovely
tone and phrasing
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Philip18 said 1702 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
Thanks
I appreciate the comments - thanks for listening!
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TvRicky said 1702 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
Mix Master and Guitarred Mate!
Wes Montgomery you have in your soul Phillip I feel him in it! Chris this mix has taken a real left turn man so very delicious as is your Bass and Composition! Mellow Cool!

A SincerelyZipped, TvRicky
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Philip18 said 1702 days ago (October 27th, 2012)
Hi Ricky
Good to hear from you - those comments have brought a smile to my face! Thanks for stopping by!
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bassjam04 said 1701 days ago (October 28th, 2012)
Catilina Sun
This is great-you two created a really nice song.Phillip-you have a really nice feel to your playing and a very good sound.I like what you did with this. Chris-of course,as usual, great smooth feel and tasty playing,but...great job on the production.You have really honed your production chops! Great job ya"ll!!
Philip18 said 1701 days ago (October 29th, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks for the detailed comments, Brian - much appreciated!
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RochaMalhada said 1700 days ago (October 29th, 2012)
Catalina Island?

My eldest daughter was married out there several years ago.... what a setting, almost timeless like this fine tune.

Y'all did some great work on this one!

. - Harold
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Philip18 said 1700 days ago (October 29th, 2012)
Thanks
Glad you liked the tune, Harold! Chris has probably been to Catalina Island, but I haven't. (The photo was actually taken in southern Australia - I guess a sunset over the sea is beautiful in lots of places.) Thanks for stopping by!
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jordifiol said 1699 days ago (October 30th, 2012)
well done
nice music, and a good recording! I love the guitar sound
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Philip18 said 1697 days ago (November 1st, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks, Jordi - I appreciate you taking the time to listen and leave a comment.
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Doug Somers said 1697 days ago (November 1st, 2012)
Perfect artwork selection to start with
This goes down so easy Philip. It relaxes every muscle in my body by the end of the first few bars. Just the right tone, embellishments, and length. I feel like I've been to the massage therapist by the end of the fade-out. A little of a smooth jazz feel but without that overdone feeling that too much music in that genre often brings with it. This tune is a treat and creates a little beach oasis in my morning.

This is really top drawer work guys, and I can hear how the drums and bass support the main melodic line very nicely. Mix is the icing on the cake and the lead in/out wave sounds is the cherry on top.

Thanks for letting us have a listen!
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Philip18 said 1697 days ago (November 2nd, 2012)
Thanks
If it's done that, Doug, it's achieved everything it set out to do - and more! Thanks for the kind words - they are much appreciated!
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Skatehorn said 1692 days ago (November 6th, 2012)
Catarina sun
Excellent playing a great feel which really captures the song title
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Philip18 said 1692 days ago (November 6th, 2012)
Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for listening and for taking the time to comment - much appreciated!
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abzwork said 1691 days ago (November 8th, 2012)
Catalina...
Just marvelous my friends...10stars 4sure..
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Philip18 said 1690 days ago (November 8th, 2012)
Thanks
Great to hear from you Erin - and thanks for the generous comment! Much appreciated.
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Mosaica said 1686 days ago (November 12th, 2012)
Stylish
Relaxed and warm sounds, and really like the ocean sounds bookending it.
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Thanks
Glad you liked it, Rosalind. Thanks for listening and for leaving a comment - much appreciated!
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woofer3 said 1685 days ago (November 13th, 2012)
Catalina Sun
Had to pop over and listen to your latest and glad I did. Such a rich and full sound production wise and also rich in melody and structure. Impossible not to love this.
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Philip18 said 1684 days ago (November 14th, 2012)
Thanks
Thanks for taking the time to listen and for leaving such a kind comment, John - much appreciated!
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peacepiano said 1667 days ago (December 1st, 2012)
Warm sound
Very special how a combination of artists can come together and make music like this. Thanks for sharing.
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Philip18 said 1666 days ago (December 2nd, 2012)
Warm sound
Thanks for the comment, Bill - much appreciated! I certainly enjoy collaborations with MJers like Chris, who is a very talented man!
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Name: Philip Gardner
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Played folk guitar then learnt jazz guitar in the 70s. Worked in folk joints, then pubs, restaurants and reception centres in bands, duos or solo. Now enjoying the opportunities that the digital age supplies to write and record.... [see more]

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Smooth jazz is generally described as a genre of music that utilizes instruments (and, at times, improvisation) traditionally associated with jazz and stylistic influences drawn from, among other sources, funk, pop and R&B. Since the late 1980s, it h

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