Erskine Joy Luck PlayAlong
By Fuzzy Music Mobile LLC
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Peter Erskine brings his latest album to you in 4 discrete play-along configurations -- all in one app!
The album “Joy Luck,” featuring my New Trio with Vardan Ovsepian on keyboards and Damian Erskine (Peter's nephew) on electric bass, gets its title inspiration from Amy Tan’s novel “Joy Luck Club.” This play-along “Joy Luck” compilation gets its inspiration from there being a need for a modern jazz-based trio “music minus one” offering that was not either
3. “Fusion”-based … or loud.
4. too pricey!
In other words: good music (for a good price)! And good music that’s relevant to the playing challenges and issues that today’s students and professionals encounter every day in their musical lives.
This project is noteworthy for several reasons, one of them being that my recording work of the last several years has all been “live,” on-stage or in the recording studio, with no chance of removing the sound of the drums from the overall mix of the other instruments. “Joy Luck” was recorded in such a way that all three instruments enjoy sonic isolation, thus giving drummers, bassists, keyboard players or any aspiring soloist to become part of the band. The band tracks are mixed and constructed so that the music may be practiced to or performed for school recitals, juries or even in concert.
The best way to learn any piece of music is by ear. “Joy Luck” provides lead sheet charts, identical to what we used in the studio to make the album. There are also exhaustive transcriptions of the bass and drum parts and solos for study and emulation if desired.
Each tune is accompanied by PDF files of the charts, transcriptions, etc., in addition to multiple mix stems for customized use (click options including count-in only or for the entire duration of the tune. Note: it is very easy to use the click volume slider to change the relative volume of the click or to get rid of it completely during practice or performance!) PDF charts can be mailed and/or printed out within the app. There are also some behind-the-scenes photos from the recording session.
Enjoy the good music!
Lucas Ives (app development)
Damian Erskine & Brittni Williamson (bass transcriptions)
Jake Reed (drum transcriptions)
Vardan Ovsepian (lead sheets)
Paul Tavenner (original tracking)
Rich Breen (multi-stem mixes and assembly)
Bob Smith (graphic design)
Sibelius (notation software)
Excellent app all around!
This app succeeds in every area. It's easy to use, gets right to the point, has a selection of beautiful music (well worth the price on its own), includes complete charts and even lets you drop out individual instruments for playing along. I can't wait to play along with it, as it's too late and I think my drumming would wake up the neighbors!
This should be the template for those who follow
I'll keep this brief. This app is wonderful, exactly the way to immerse yourself in some great music - with an in-depth educational component that is top notch. If I could add one thing, it would be videos of the recorded performances. But otherwise, this app is about as good it could possibly be. THANK YOU!
A solid jazz album -- but reinventing this as an app is really brilliant. I started learning to play guitar and bass by trying to figure out songs off of vinyl records (old school, baby!). The app takes it to the next level -- drop out a part, follow the chart, and get your groove on.
- Category: Music
- Released: Jun 15, 2012
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 347 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Fuzzy Music Mobile LLC
- © 2012 Fuzzy Music LLC, Mobile
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.