On Monday, I mailed out a few hardcopies of some rough mixes of a few cuts from the live Harry Pickens Trio recording done at the Jazz Factory in September. Damon should get his soon, and hopefully they'll be up on the Sampler page when he gets time to do the ripping. Since I'll be on vacation for a few days, I thought I'd throw this thread up before the cuts go up in case anybody gets a minute to listen. Those with hard copies may of course feel free to go ahead and let 'er rip. There are four cuts on the disc, of which I only expect Damon to put up the first two in the interest of web space...however, just in case he decides to put up all four, I'll say a few words about each. About the recordings in general, I feel pretty good overall. The bass sound is the usual "let's put a mic in front of the bass speaker to minimize feedback and bleed through" compromise where I wanted a mic on the bass and the sound guy wanted a direct signal...so we fought, and we both lost. Anyway, it's direct-y sounding and kind of poopy in that there's no "ping" on the front end of the sound, and way too much solid 200 Khz nonsense from the proximity effect of the mic, but if you can get past that, it's not too bad. about the cuts then: 1) I've Never Been In Love Before: A typical HP medium-up stright ahead swing tune - one of Harry's great strengths and one of my glaring weaknesses. As a relative DB newbie (5 years on DB come July), I'm working on getting closer to that "long-tone RayBrown/Red Mitchell bouncy swing thang" which I still find incredibly elusive. The tempo isn't bad, but I feel it as a kind of "tweener" tempo that gives me trouble in that it's too fast to throw in a lot of ornamentation and too slow to just walk quarters. I'm looking for critique on how to improve the swing feel on this one, plus anything else that anyone can think of. The solo isn't much, but I can live with it. 2) How Insensitive: Harry is gracious enough to feature me on a couple of ballad-like tunes every night, and this is one of those. Since my great goal is to become primarily a melodic player above all else (even when accompanying), these tunes are great opportunities for me. Even though this one doesn't reach very far beyond being pretty, I feel pretty good about it overall. All comments welcome. 3 & 4) "Stella", and "I Fall In Love Too Easily": I included these on the hardcopies because I feel I made some poor choices on both cuts, and folks have been requesting that I send cuts that show serious Johnson Treadmarks..so if Damon decides to put them up, these would be the ones. Again, all comments are welcome, but be forewarned: if you start picking these two apart, you could find yourself writing a novel or two before it's over. I'll get the ball rolling with some insightful comments from Sam, then I may be out of the loop for a few days. Remember, I'm looking for ideas to help me get better, so don't hold back!