As promised, I've got a couple of clips up from the soon-to-be-released Java Men CD. These cuts were recorded in June, and are among the last things recorded on my old Czech carved bass. I love that bass, but it's my backup now because if I played it longer than two hours, it hurt me because it's rather "tight". Both of the tunes are my own, and both are excerpted, although the first one is still pretty long. The first of the two links is the "high quality" link. Hint. Hint. A word about Java Men (www.javamen.com ): We're an original "eclectic" group where all of the players come through jazz but also incorporate other styles. Anything any of us writes is fair game, and no bitching about "aw, man, that ain't jazz" is allowed. We write whatever we hear, and we play it, trying to get as close to the spirit of the music as possible. I love all of these guys like brothers, largely because of this attitude. Purist types may hate this group, and that's cool. 1) "Fifth Business" - http://www.chrisfitzgeraldmusic.com/mp3/fifthbusiness.mp3 http://www.chrisfitzgeraldmusic.com/mp3/fifthbusinesslowquality.mp3 This one's kind of minor blues with a twist, written during the period when I was listening to Chick's "Three Quartets" album a lot. 'Nuff said. 2) "Walking Papers" - http://www.chrisfitzgeraldmusic.com/mp3/walkingpapers.mp3 http://www.chrisfitzgeraldmusic.com/mp3/walkingpaperslowquality.mp3 This one is unabashedly "poppy", but I heard it and I wrote it, so I must have an affinity for that kind of thing. Think "Paul McCartney meets Santana", and you get the idea. All comments, whether they be about the tunes, the playing, the recording, or the aesthetic, are welcome. 3) Harry Pickens Trio - "I've Never Been in Love Before" http://www.chrisfitzgeraldmusic.com/mp3/iveneverbeeninlovebefore.mp3 http://www.chrisfitzgeraldmusic.com/mp3/iveneverbeeninlovebeforelowquality.mp3 Yes, I know I've posted a clip of this song before! I'm posting this one for two reasons: First, I'm playing my new LaScala on it...unfortunately the recorded bass sound is a direct from the AMT/Full Circle signal, but except for some excess bottom end (it's a rough mix), it sounds pretty much like the new bass. Second, some comments and suggestions were made about the first version of the tune posted here on the old Sampler page that I tried to take to heart, and I was even thinking about some of the things you guys said about the last version right before the downbeat of this one. Anyway, if you feel like it, have at!