For a Friend by Marc S. Pate

Marc S. Pate

Broadjam Artist: Marc S. Pate
Song: For a Friend

Reviewer: Jeff Roberts

Positive Comments: This is where guitar chops, arrangement skill, and a real ear for beauty come together! There is some majorly wonderful stuff going on here in sound that reminds me of Duane Allman’s Little Martha and Steve Kimock’s music. There are some crazy good moments going on here, including the climactic part at 1:19. Nice nice nice!

Constructive Comments: I’d remove the chorus effect. IMO it’s really killing the tone of the guitars and cluttering up the space so you don’t hear the excellent fingerpicking and voicing that you’re doing. I’d also drop the little chime/tinkle you’re adding–it’s almost like one of those bell tree things the Smooth Jazz dudes do at the end of a Kenny G solo. I’m not into the harmonics, I think they’re kinda cliche & weak next to the other stuff but that’s me. I’m picking at stuff only in the interest of making good great, and there are already some freakin great moments here!

Come On Over by FRED GROSS

FRED GROSS

Broadjam Artist: FRED GROSS
Song: Come On Over

Reviewer: Norb Studelska/Upper Air Disturbance

Positive Comments: I really liked the interplay between the two rythm guitars. Nice lead breaks, totally hot effect on the intro lead got my attention immediately. Perfect quality for the lead vocal. Nice easy blues pace. Great instrumental mix, nothing was dominating over the vocal, and the guitar and organ leads came to the front. I wanted to hear more. You know your genre’.

Constructive Comments: I have nothing constructive to offer, you “nailed” it.

Charlie by Nigel Barrett

Nigel Barrett

Broadjam Artist: Nigel Barrett
Song: Charlie

Reviewer: Randal Dunkle

Positive Comments: Great sounding beat, I love the sound of the drums and the horns really have a good blend, sounds a bit like Steely Dan.

Constructive Comments: Beautiful sounding Jazz – really makes you feel like flying, the only thing I would add is a different type of lead guitar solo with a slide – best wishes and may God bless!

The Like by Ian Graham

Ian Graham

Broadjam Artist: Ian Graham
Song: The Like

Reviewer: FRED GROSS

Positive Comments: This could definitely fit into a film score, country video. Recording was fairly good. Guitar work was good. Nice tune for just an acoustic and vocal. Keep up the good work!

Constructive Comments: Nothin gmuch here to add. In certain parts, the vocals seemed to rush a little, timing was off.. But you can get away with that since it was only a guitar and vocals track.

Sailing the Caribbean by Paul Messina

Paul Messina

Broadjam Artist: Paul Messina
Song: Sailing the Caribbean

Reviewer: Randal Dunkle

Positive Comments: Very nice sound – I especially like the piano runs, really has a very staccato sound, I also like the sax – very cool!

Constructive Comments: Not a lot of negatives – very professional sounding tune, I think the saxophone may take over this a piece a little too much even though it sounds fantastic! Instead of a flat top guitar – I would like to hear a little more of an edge with a lead electric guitar – best wishes and may God bless!

We’ve Never Let Go Of Our Dream (Pop) by Chet Nichols

Chet Nichols

Broadjam Artist: Chet Nichols
Song: We’ve Never Let Go Of Our Dream (Pop)

Reviewer: Dave Haddad (CenterPeace)

Positive Comments: Nice recording. Clean intro draws in the listener. Kind of Latin feel, could apply a Bossa Nova(ish) on this one. Nice Chorus. Very beautiful chord progression, good groove and I like the arrangement I loved the Coda where you grooved on the reprise to the fade… You don’t hear music written like that much anymore so the more I hear it the more happy I am. So many good things about this track, love the live feel and respect for the song writer!! Al the elements are there and shinning… super nice bridge and guitar break leading back to the hook. There are too many great hooks in this song to count!

Constructive Comments: Would have liked a more prominent drum track. The drum machine parts are buried leaving me feeling something is missing sonically. My man Chet, you and I need to do a collaboration…… If you have something laying around that needs drums, it’s on me. 🙂

Praises & Promises / Country Religious by Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods

Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods

Broadjam Artist: Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods
Song: Praises & Promises / Country Religious

Reviewer: Randal Dunkle

Positive Comments: I like the lead vocals and the sound of the drums and the keyboards as well – sounds a little like the Davy Jones of the Monkees.

Constructive Comments: Not a lot of negatives, I do think this song would sound better with a Saxophone solo instead of the keyboards – best wishes!

THE WAY LIFE GOES by Charlie Shock

Charlie Shock

Broadjam Artist: Charlie Shock
Song: THE WAY LIFE GOES

Reviewer: FRED GROSS

Positive Comments: Nice overall production. This is an excellent track for a film or TV spot. It really stikes me as perfect for a tv show theme song. Nicely done!

Constructive Comments: Not much here to say. The only thing that stood out to me was the distortion. Once the music kicks in the vocals fade a little into the mix also. I would bring them up just a touch.