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Frank Dalzell - Instructor

Guitar, Piano, Bass, Music Theory

 

Here are two of my MIDI arrangements, a standard and an original tune.  I use a combination of real-time and step-time entry to achieve the desired effects.  I also use various MIDI controllers and pay close attention to instrument pitch ranges to bring as much realism as possible to acoustic sounds.

 

Born Again la Hank (Converted to Audio from MIDI File - 1.6MB)
Born Again la Hank (Original MIDI File - sound quality will vary depending on your MIDI sound source)
This arrangement of Born Again (Shire) is my tribute to Hank Levy.  Guitar is not the featured instrument here.  In my opinion, Hank was one of the greatest jazz musicians of the 20th century.  He was a composer, and an arranger, but his greatest joy was teaching.  One of his favorite things was the use of odd time signatures, 5/4, 7/4, 11/8, 13/8, etc.  Hank had a knack for making these complex rhythms swing like common 4/4 tunes.  This is my humble attempt to emulate Hank, treating Born Again in his style.  It starts with 3-4-3-4-3-3-4-4, and varies 3s and 4s throughout the rest of the piece.  All the instruments sounds are produced by the SC-880.  It features a sax section, trumpets, trombones, guitar, bass, and drums.  I recorded the majority of the piece real time one track at a time, but I made significant manual edits to the MIDI file in the interest of group dynamics.  I recorded all four solos (alto sax, trumpet, flute, and baritone sax) real time using a Godin Multiac Jazz guitar.  Hank passed away on September 18, 2001.  It seemed fitting that the final solo should be a bari sax, the instrument he played with the Stan Kenton band.

 

Stiff Breeze (Converted to Audio from MIDI File - 936KB)
Stiff Breeze (Original MIDI File - sound quality will vary depending on your MIDI sound source)
This is an original tune.  The alto sax carries the lead and takes a solo.  There's also an overdriven guitar solo.  Accompaniment includes rhythm guitar, piano, bass, and drums, as well as a couple of trumpets and a pair of trombones.  I'm playing all the parts (one at a time, of course).  The solos were done real time (as were the other parts, but I did substantial tweaking to the other parts to help the individual back-up musicians perform more like a team).