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San Francisco Free Jazz Collective (with Scott Thunes!)

1radicalron

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Thanks much!!! - That is me playing Guitar. I am playing a Don Grosh Strat through 2 Allen Old Flame Amps, and a few pedals.
Scott Thunes ended up playing my trusty Don Grosh PJ Bass. We had no written or rehearsed material. We just set up, hit "Record" and improvised.
We are going to do it again in about 2 weeks.
 

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We have a new Recording available. - Again - No written material, just set up, and hit Record. This is Pure improvisation. The main inspiration for this was Frank Zappa's "Shut Up n Play Your Guitar" and the rest of Frank's Legendary Guitar Jams.

Listen for free here: http://freejazzcollective.bandcamp.com/album/pink-things

We used no headphones, Everyone live in the room. What you hear is what you get. - I am the Guitar Player, as well as the Recording Engineer. Fortunately my Recording Studio "Radical Sound San Francisco" has a large live room, with very high ceilings.

Scott Thunes Played either of his 1965 Fender Basses, as well as my Don Grosh PJ Bass. And I think he may have used a old Music Man Stingwray on a a tune or so as well. He used a Mesa Boogie 400+ Tube Amp. with its 12x6l6 power tubes. Cranking out 500 watts of pure Tube Bass Tone.

I play a Don Grosh Retro Classic Strat and Tele, through a assortment of pedals.
I am looping Guitar on the fly with a Maneco Looper Elite.
I run my rig in stereo utilizing a Demeter Stereo Tremulator pedal. I use 2 Allen Old Flame Amps, which are recreations of a Vibroverb Reverb with 15" Speakers.

Drummer Steve Menasche plays Sonor Drums, and used Bosphorus Cymbals, including a ride cymbal given to him by Tony Williams.

Scott Thunes with his 1965 Jazz and Precision Basses.


Hanging at the Studio







 

freedom's door

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Bumping this up, as i've been listening to the newer album a lot recently. Really cool stuff if you're into spontaneous improv.
I also think the bass sounds a lot better on this newer album than on the first one.
 

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The new CD is called "Ghost's and Ballyhoo". Inspired by the book by Tom Wictor. Tom was a fan of the first CD we did, and commissioned us to make more Recordings available.
The book is unique look at the writers failed attempt in the Music Biz in L.A. We took chapter titles from the book, written on small pieces of paper. I read the title out loud, and we started to improvise with the chapter title as a launching point.
Here is an article in Bass Musician magazine by Tom Wictor interviewing Scott.
http://bassmusicianmagazine.com/2013/09/scott-thunes-un-ghosted-by-tom-wictor/
 

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We Recorded everything live straight on to Samplitude ProX running 24 bit-96K
Mic pres used Millennia Media, John Hardy, Manley Tube, Neve 1272

Beverages and Edibles in case Improvisation Inspiration needs a bit of a Nudge

Just after the Recording Session

Scott holding the Book "Ghosts and Bayhoo" There are Photo's and interviews of him in the book.
 

freedom's door

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Thanks for sharing the pics. Still haven't given the new album the serious listening it deserves, but with a 3 day weekend at hand, i plan on getting to it tomorrow or Monday.

Please keep us up to date on any new recordings, or if you ever do any live gigs with this project.
 






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