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Most of you know me as a guitarist in the pop style with hints of R&B and jazz. Early on I wanted to be a good jazz guitarist but soon realized I would never be as good as Joe Pass and Ted Greene (chord melody style) so over the years I focused on what I do
best. The funny thing is when I pick up the guitar to warm up, I play jazz stuff.
I get called to consult and beta test product from time-to-time and a few years back I was hired as a consultant for the ALESIS
PROFESSIONAL M 20 ADAT recorder. I needed to do an audio test for the recorders so I thought this would be a good time to record
a jazz bebop style album. I wrote some songs along with co-writing some with Bill Cantos. We then wrote out the charts and we
recorded the tracks in one night. Since I engineer/produce my recordings, I needed to be in the control room. After recording the
tracks, I spent a week trying different guitars and amps along with practicing guitar for a few weeks and then overdubbed my parts
If you like straight-ahead jazz in the bebop style, the odds are good you may like the stuff. All of the musicians are top notch
jazzers (except for me). I worked out a solo guitar arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner influenced by my very good friend and
teacher, Ted Greene. Ted heard it before he passed and really liked the stuff. I told Ted it was me emulating him and he said
something like, "Man, that was you playing your style." I was honored he thought that way! In any case, Ted was and remains
the biggest influence as to my playing! I wish Ted was still on the planet as he was the best guitar teacher ever and the most
together person I have ever known! Ask anyone who knew him and they would say the same!
My brilliant personal assistant and webmaster just put together a video featuring one of the songs and we hope you like it. The
Bebop CD is available on my website.
Btw, the very first thing you hear on the Bebop CD is about 20 seconds of me being interviewed by my dad on my 2nd birthday on
his TV show. My dad got to hear the CD before he passed and he really dug it as well as loved the fact I still had the recording
from his two hour TV show along with the excerpt I used in the beginning!
On another note, the bass player (Dave Carpenter) passed away a few years back. I must say he was an outstanding bassist and such
a great person! - Jay Graydon
Here below is a screen shot of the final repaired audio (PRO TOOLS PIC). It's the mono version (2 mono tracks interleaved for left
and right) at 48k/16 bit. The top file is the original, without my fixes. You'll notice the bottom audio starts slightly late, but
that is on purpose, as I needed to nudge round the audio for each song. It starts at the exact point that the original audio
started (as downloaded from the DVD). The audio is a huge improvement. I ended up using around 20 PLUG-INS to pull this off. I
could make it sound even better, but around three weeks on this project is enough.(g) Actually the last issue to be fixed is the
“Wow and Flutter” which are terms I am explaining
in my rap which will be updated soon and more updates to follow in time, so just stay tuned if you are
interested. - Jay Graydon
... and here below is the video with the repaired audio ...
THE JOE GRAYDON TV SHOW on KLAC-TV (ch 13) in 1949
Latest update November 9, 2014
A note from Jay. The following is long overdue.
I would like to thank Kerstin for putting together an incredible web site!!! She does this in her spare time and I have
always been amazed that a mother of
three with a full time job could possibly maintain such a web site!!! OK, that alone is unbelievable but check this
out!!! Kerstin knows more about my
songwriting catalogue than I do!!! She has organized and maintained the list for many years. Her research has led to
problems and she then fixes such
problems!!! The discography is huge work as well!!! Kerstin constantly updates which is a huge time burner!!!
Now check this out!!! Kerstin runs my record company SONIC THRUST RECORDS on a daily basis!!! It does not end there
since other stuff comes up on many levels!!! Kerstin should be a star of a TV series, "Internet Super Women"!!!
I thank you so very much Sis!!! You are an angel!!!!!!!
I ask that if you like this site, please e-mail Kerstin and tell her so.
Please include Lage (her husband), Peppe and Stefan (their sons) since they have contributed as well!!!
I love this family for so many reasons!!!!!!!!!!!! - Your pal, Jay