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!

Praising The Lord by Randal Dunkle

Randal Dunkle

Broadjam Artist: Randal Dunkle
Song: Praising The Lord

Reviewer: Jeff Roberts

Positive Comments: Nice harmonic work!! Of course this is Randal singing in faith. Interesting story lyrics that bring a lot of gospel events, which makes it more complex and interesting than a lot of Christian Rock.

Constructive Comments: The vocals are too dry &close and much louder than the rest of the tracks, so it gives a bit of a voiceover effect. If you push the vocals back in level, record a bit farther from the mic, and add some reverb it will let the vocal sit in the mix better.

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. 🙂

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.

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.

Strange Fruit (Smooth Jazz) by Bill Dake

Bill Dake

Broadjam Artist: Bill Dake
Song: Strange Fruit (Smooth Jazz)

Reviewer: Brenda Craven

Positive Comments: OK…the intro reminded me of Charlie Brown. Loved the piano and bass line on this. Wonderful jazz piece. Kudos to you and your musicians. I also loved your descriptive comparisons you used in your lyrics. Great job on this!

Constructive Comments: No critique.

Better When It Was A Dream/ Rock Lo-Fi by Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods

Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods

Broadjam Artist: Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods
Song: Better When It Was A Dream/ Rock Lo-Fi

Reviewer: FRED GROSS

Positive Comments: Nice bright recording. Could definitely be used for soundtrack purposes or music synching to something like TWC. I think a little more bass would help, but its nice the way it is.

Constructive Comments: Not much to say here. It gets a little repetitous after about 2 minutes.

Separate Roads by Billy Pilgrim

Billy Pilgrim

Broadjam Artist: Billy Pilgrim
Song: Separate Roads

Reviewer: Brenda Craven

Positive Comments: Nothing like the sound of a Rhodes. Everything here is outstanding. You have done a terrific job on this song. Great piece, Great composition. I was waiting for a key change and a very noticeable break in the song and you certainly did not disappoint. Bravo!

Constructive Comments: No critique.