FIRST LIGHT ON THE PRAIRIE (Instrumental) by Bill Dake

Bill Dake

Broadjam Artist: Bill Dake
Song: FIRST LIGHT ON THE PRAIRIE (Instrumental)

Reviewer: Brenda Craven

Positive Comments: Very beautiful. So much like Pat Metheny. This is so relaxing and calming. What a wonderful guitar lead and your background instrumentation compliments it so beautifully. Wow, this is just amazing. This is exactly the music I listen to through my earbuds when I go to sleep. This is a dynamic composition that needs to be in mainstream jazz. Outstanding job.

Constructive Comments: The only critique I would have would be to bring your drums in a little stronger at 3:00 in. It is so far in the background that it’s difficult to hear it. Bring up the volume on your drums just enough so you can hear them more and so that they don’t overpower the rest of your beautiful instrumentation and this song is on it’s way. Bravo!

Save The World by Mitch Siegal

Mitch Siegal

Broadjam Artist: Mitch Siegal
Song: Save The World

Reviewer: Kate Carpenter

Positive Comments: I really really like this song. It’s so different, and so fun in an understated way. It’s a Hero Song and the Hero is a man on a mission. As soon as he gets the girl (or maybe even before), he’s out to celebrate happiness and all the good vibes in life, not letting the sadness defeat him as he soars through the night sky, no cape needed. Walking barefoot on hot coals, he seeks his true love on the other side…what a guy! I like the reference to “The strength God gave me.” Obviously, how could this super-hero continue without that? Even though the production is simple, the recording is clear and I understood every word.

Constructive Comments: You have a quiet voice in this song, and as I said before, a very understated performing style. I wonder what this song would sound like with a whammy-vocal and beefed-up production? It might spoil it I don’t know. But your idea and your lyric writing are fresh and fun, and I wish you every success. Drop me one of your super-hero stickers next time you fly over Florida.Mrs. Kate

Gone Baby Gone (Jazz Pop) by Steve Dafoe – Songwriter

Steve Dafoe - Songwriter

Broadjam Artist: Steve Dafoe – Songwriter
Song: Gone Baby Gone (Jazz Pop)

Reviewer: Brenda Craven

Positive Comments: This is a great jazz piece. Loved the vocals, a cross of Billie Holiday and Nancy Wilson. Great instrumentation comma and I love the old Jazz feel. This reminds me of the music my uncle played as a drummer with jazz great Jay McSmhann. Very impressive music and I loved every moment of it. Well done!

Constructive Comments: No criticism to offer.

Rollin’ In Your Arms by Marc S. Pate

Marc S. Pate

Broadjam Artist: Marc S. Pate
Song: Rollin’ In Your Arms

Reviewer: Jimmy Joe Lee

Positive Comments: This, for me, is a tough one. I really enjoyed the musicianship. Good solos, interesting arrangement and strong back up. Also recorded well. The song… see constructive comments.

Constructive Comments: Not much of a song. I understand that this type of recording is not so much about the song but more a lyric to prevent the recording from being a amorphous instrumental. The title is good. It’s the key line of the song. I think the delivery is ok but ok doesn’t get it. The lyric is sparse. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but it must be delivered convincingly… unfortunately its not. I don’t think the vocalist is a bad singe. One can’t tell much about that aspect from this song. I don’t think, however, this vocalist is the best for this song.

CLICKETY CLACK I’M ON TRACK by David Austin

David Austin

Broadjam Artist: David Austin
Song: CLICKETY CLACK I’M ON TRACK

Reviewer: Marc S. Pate

Positive Comments: I like the cycle of chord changes you do the end of each verse. Nice little story, well done!

Constructive Comments: You do a good job with this one, but maybe a bridge or chorus to change things up a bit would add some dynamics. Keep up the good work.

Zero Gravity by Mitch Siegal

Mitch Siegal

Broadjam Artist: Mitch Siegal
Song: Zero Gravity

Reviewer: Jeff Roberts

Positive Comments: Just listened to this tune by Mitch the other day and already gave it five stars!! Great melancholy mood from the get go with the minor 7 > dom9 almost Bossa Nova chord changes. Vocals have a bit of a Sting vibe. The first lifting chords in the chorus are a super change up. LOVE the first guitar break–that’s so tasty I can’t stand it–the solo, tone, changes and mood. Those backup vocals aren’t obvious on the first listen, and damn they are cool. Outstanding work Mitch!

Constructive Comments: I’d like to year your voice in a last raspy, strained take. We know you can sing so well so this is just a question of desired approach. The Sting reference kinda says it–I don’t like Sting (lol). I’d like to hear you do this with a smoother more detached vocal–it would be a slight change, what you have is really really good as is. What about doing the chords on a nylon string for a smooth slinky feel. Check out Luisa Maita for an example (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlwcTs35Z1k). And listen to some of her studio work–she and band are fantastic, and this song has just the vibe that I can hear yours with: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5E9doyHXWs Your song could have this deep melancholy and mystery.

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!