The Night Train (Instrumental V2 – from “Red Mesa Sunset”) by Chet Nichols

Chet Nichols

Broadjam Artist: Chet Nichols
Song: The Night Train (Instrumental V2 – from “Red Mesa Sunset”)

Reviewer: Martie Echito

Positive Comments: Nicely done! Interesting combination of sounds and patterns. Like the chord changes and bringing instruments in and out at different sections. Great song for listening on a drive along the California coast…..miles and miles of ocean, blue sky, and positive energy. Nice job!

Constructive Comments: My thoughts are this: the piano sound is a full dynamic even at the softer touch passages. The part is played with dynamics, but the piano tone is bright, percussive, and “in your face” throughout. The instruments are good sounds, and well played….but very sequenced / midi sounding. That’s not a bad thing, but adding something organic to the mix might give it more of an earthy feel. Not major issues….just sharing what I hear. Hopefully, this will make sense to you, and not offend.

Living in the Trees by Jeff Roberts

Jeff Roberts

Broadjam Artist: Jeff Roberts
Song: Living in the Trees

Reviewer: Douglas Branson aka dB+1

Positive Comments: Pop Rockish – with new wave / contemporary / groove rock feel.Refreshingly cool and not the same old thing. Really tasteful musicianship. Love the vocal delivery – restrained and “on.” Fun and likable tune. Seems like very appropriate for film. Love the end…I am finally home…

Constructive Comments: This tune is polished, well written, and produced perfectly for the genre and style. Love the restrained energy and performance. Can’t wait to see who this is, after I post the review. Enjoyed it and going to give a listen again. Also love the concept.

false or true by Cec Cain

Cec Cain

Broadjam Artist: Cec Cain
Song: false or true

Reviewer: Jeff Roberts

Positive Comments: Very cool slick intro, with a loop that’s almost cheating the beat by a hair so it has a glitch vibe. Of course this sounds a LOT like Beck’s Loser, complete with lofi rap. But this is working all on its own. And the autotune gives a Jamaican rap vibe. There are a lot of wickedly cool things going on like the Jazzy R&B Rhodes chords that sound like Diggable Planets or The Roots. Nice work!

Constructive Comments: In the B section you lose the cool a bit. The phrasing and rhymes are kinda DJ Jazzy Jeff ie very old school rap that’s a little bit goofy. I think you really need to rework that so that it keeps the cool going.Where this is working it’s dope (I don’t use that term but felt I had to here). Get this thing all at that level.

Take Me (duet) by Marc S. Pate

Marc S. Pate

Broadjam Artist: Marc S. Pate
Song: Take Me (duet)

Reviewer: Jeff Roberts

Positive Comments: Nice tasty swing with a really good balance and tone from all instruments. Vocals are sweet! If this gets popular with weddings you’ll retire in comfort. The arrangement and playing are super tight on every instrument. Nice stops and tasteful solos. Ace musicians showing how it’s done. Nice work!!

Constructive Comments: Maybe a bit too much low <100K EQ on the bass that should be dialed back a bit. That's nitpicking. This is tops!!

Heavy Mother’s Date 2016 by Jeremy Shaskus

Jeremy Shaskus

Broadjam Artist: Jeremy Shaskus
Song: Heavy Mother’s Date 2016

Reviewer: Billy Pilgrim

Positive Comments: Cool and laid back groove is topped off with a unique organ melody that works well. The acoustic instrument music bed gives the organ lead plenty of space to jump around and have fun. Good stuff for sure.

Constructive Comments: I really enjoyed this. Perhaps some compression on the master bus to hold things together and smooth things out a bit, but sounds real fine as is.You take good care,Billy

Hana II by Marc S. Pate

Marc S. Pate

Broadjam Artist: Marc S. Pate
Song: Hana II

Reviewer: Jeff Roberts

Positive Comments: Great intro this could be Earth, Wind, and Fire but then you settle into a Lee Ritenour vibe. Every instrument is in the pocket with great tone and super playing. If you told me that this was The Yellowjackets I’d believe it. Superb!!

Constructive Comments: Maybe the bass is too loud? That’s splitting hairs though. This is excellent work that should be on a Smooth Jazz radio program.

A Life In Question / Soundtrack by Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods

Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods

Broadjam Artist: Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods
Song: A Life In Question / Soundtrack

Reviewer: Rin Vinson

Positive Comments: Even though there aren’t any lyrics or vocals on this song, it has a clear, pronounced hook. A great one at that. For some reason I visualize a scene in a movie, tv show, and or ad that would be a night time time frame. Possibly raining. The groove the drums and bass are laying down is simple and fat (in a great way). The guiro is a nice touch.The guitar playing and tone are excellent. Once again…very simple but completely effective. The recording, composition, mix, and master are all high grade and professional. Thanks for sharing.

Constructive Comments: Nothing negative to say. I listened three times and I can’t find anything I would change. I would keep my eyes open for a placement that has to do with night time. I enjoyed the track very much and I think it should do well for you.

Cookie Cutter Blonde instrumental by Warren Hein

Warren Hein

Broadjam Artist: Warren Hein
Song: Cookie Cutter Blonde instrumental

Reviewer: Rin Vinson

Positive Comments: This song is definitely high energy. The composition, recording, mix, and master are all top grade and professional.I hear a heavy late 70’s early 80’s New York influence in the composition. There is a gigantic fan base for this music today and I would think a composition like this would do very well in a TV show, movie, and or ad that might require this type of high energy music for the sound track. Vinyl is a show that comes to mind. The guitar playing is excellent and the tones are not too bright which is usually the pitt-fall that people fall into while trying to pay homage to this genre. Great Job!

Constructive Comments: NO critique here. This is a well done piece of music and great to have in any library. I enjoyed listening to it and I appreciate you sharing it. Pro all the way.