Before You Swallow by Jeff Ashbaker

Jeff Ashbaker

Broadjam Artist: Jeff Ashbaker
Song: Before You Swallow

Reviewer: FRED GROSS

Positive Comments: A real toe-tapper!! Good dance tune definitely.. This has several potential applications: TV-Film-Live Clubscene- RadioGuitar was kickin! Vocals were very good. Overall recording was nice.

Constructive Comments: Nothing much here. The guitar could be brought up just a pinch in the mix, but nice overall. Great job, keep it comin!

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!

Beautiful Sound by Dave Haddad (CenterPeace)

Dave Haddad (CenterPeace)

Broadjam Artist: Dave Haddad (CenterPeace)
Song: Beautiful Sound

Reviewer: Brenda Craven

Positive Comments: What a wonderful message within this music and lyrics. In a world full of chaos and violence, more positive, encouraging, and hope filled music is needed. When mere words and speeches are not effective, music moves the heart, emotion, and thoughts. This song does it all. Great music, great vocals, and the lyrics are stellar. I’m very impressed with what has been submitted here!

Constructive Comments: Not one critique from me.

Double Wide by Billy Pilgrim

Billy Pilgrim

Broadjam Artist: Billy Pilgrim
Song: Double Wide

Reviewer: Rin Vinson

Positive Comments: Wow…Epic piece here. Excellent job all the way around. In a word, I would say muscular. All instrumentation was composed appropriately and everything compliments one another seamlessly. The horns and the percussion section push hard while the strings create an anticipation of something large on its way. I visualize a scene in a tv show or movie where people, animals, cars etc…are running away from something large and menacing. The composition, recording, mix, and master are all 100% professionally done. Thanks for sharing.

Constructive Comments: Nothing negative to say here. The piece should do well. I really enjoy quality compositions and recordings and this delivers on all fronts. Thanks for sharing and good luck with it.

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!

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!

Just Another Day by Marc S. Pate

Marc S. Pate

Broadjam Artist: Marc S. Pate
Song: Just Another Day

Reviewer: Patrick E. Muth

Positive Comments: i like the combination of instruments. the voice sounds nice with the tone used. great start and come in. nice job on that.

Constructive Comments: I think a better mix would suit this. you have some good horses here, worth a little more feed. not that it will do well as it is. the voice is close enough to pass, but Melo-dyne used at about 75% would make this smash in my opinion.Am I ever satisfied? No. No. No. It’s what music teacher do, it’s what my two piano teacher Aunts did to me. They refused to give you a perfect score. I hated them for it then, but now I realize that they loved me so much they wanted me to be perfect–for real. Straight Ahead Brother! catnip pat

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!