My Baby’s Bringing In The Dough (from “Live” CD, “Black & White” by Chet Nichols

Chet Nichols

Broadjam Artist: Chet Nichols
Song: My Baby’s Bringing In The Dough (from “Live” CD, “Black & White”

Reviewer: Mitch Siegal

Positive Comments: if this is truly live, I love the airy instrumental sound. the vocalist is terrific, really sells it.. lyrics soulful. nice work here!

Constructive Comments: other than a bridge or hook somewhere, I think its really good.

You’ll Never Know / New Age by Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods

Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods

Broadjam Artist: Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods
Song: You’ll Never Know / New Age

Reviewer: Dave Haddad (CenterPeace)

Positive Comments: You had me at the intro. Love the production… panning is effective, the right amount of reverb, very transparent but present. Pretty composition I enjoyed the ensemble breaks, pauses and attention to detail. Song builds just right. Guitar solo in the end was pleasant. Song sounds very full, I really dig the pad sounds, the subtle parts really glue all the parts together.

Constructive Comments: When the drums comes in the groove lags a little, he is not consistent and doesn’t sound confident with the song. Sometimes the higher frequencies on the acoustic guitar were jumping out, that and maybe the same for the hi-hat, a little high freq. cut. In the fade, at 3:33 some thing drops out and there’s a noticeable dynamic sonic change (sometimes there’s nothing we can do about parts which may be loud of have noise suddenly end, maybe fade is out early and gradually or dump a bunch of verb on it at that end point… just a couple ideas.

Holy Lullaby by Lisa Vivienne

Lisa Vivienne

Broadjam Artist: Lisa Vivienne
Song: Holy Lullaby

Reviewer: Jimmy Joe Lee

Positive Comments: The opening of the recording is very ear arresting. The melody has an Asian quality which I like. The singer also, at least in this song, has that same feel. The song calls to mind a hit from way back when 1963 i believe. http://www.npr.org/2013/06/28/196618792/bittersweet-at-no-1-how-a-japanese-song-topped-the-charts-in-1963

Constructive Comments: I think the song is held back by the recording process used. I’m not sure exactly what the problem is. There is a sound conflict of some kind. It may a variety of things. The recording starts out very clear. Then, when the song starts with the vocal and other instruments, what should be clear, isn’t.I wish I could be more descriptive. I’m not a sound engineer. The ingredients to bake the cake are there. I suggest listening to the recording found at the above link. Its very clear and even though its in a language you are most likely unfamiliar with, you’ll hear the emotional clarity your recording should have to make it something special.

All American Girl by Keith Taylor

Keith Taylor

Broadjam Artist: Keith Taylor
Song: All American Girl

Reviewer: Jimmy Joe Lee

Positive Comments: The artist is on the right track. The song structure is good and the theme is strong.The recording, however, doesn’t excite me.

Constructive Comments: The lack of excitement may be due to the key of the recording. I suggest experimenting with key placement. Pushing to a higher key can generate a more exciting vocal sound.I recall a discussion amongst the Eagles. They spoke about the issue of searching for just the right key for a song how important they consider it. The traditional country singer Webb Pearce used to complain about his producer pushing him to a higher key than Webb felt comfortable with. The producers entire rationale was to get more excitement in Webb’s voice. It must have worked as he had several hits.

Ever Since the Rainbow by Jeff Roberts

Jeff Roberts

Broadjam Artist: Jeff Roberts
Song: Ever Since the Rainbow

Reviewer: Jimmy Joe Lee

Positive Comments: I liked the over all feel of the recording. It has a pleasant relaxed quality. While not exactly like the Doors, i kept thinking of them as the song played. That’s a good thing.i think the tempo is right on.

Constructive Comments: I didn’t suggest a title as I’m certain it has one. I couldn’t catch enough of the lyric to discern the title. I confess to being a stickler when it comes to hearing the lyric clearly. Though the trend is to push the lyric back in the track, I like to hear every word clearly. This is not necessarily a criticism. Lyric placement is subjective. One can think the lyric is too up front and another think the opposite.

Now You’re Free Instrumental by Margie & Art Corey, S. & A. Corey

Margie & Art Corey,  S. & A.  Corey

Broadjam Artist: Margie & Art Corey, S. & A. Corey
Song: Now You’re Free Instrumental

Reviewer: Brenda Craven

Positive Comments: Loved this piece! Great rhythm and beat,and it flowed perfectly well. Nice tempo. Instruments were nicely balanced and mixed. Vocals were good and I loved the saxophone on this. Absolutely great!

Constructive Comments: The only thing that I would suggest would be to bring up the volume on the vocals a little bit so that they are clearly heard. But other than that this song is rockin’. Well done